The Bounty Killer (El precio de un hombre) Reviews
(1968) The Bounty Killer/ El precio de un hombre
A very blatant beginning, but resonating after awhile. And I guess back on those days, 'aid and abetting' and 'accessory' wasn't considered a crime back then- not on this environment at least. Based on a novel written by Marvin H. Albert of the same name. Starring Richard Wyler as #1 Bounty Killer, Luke Chilson, who at first, is going after two escaped convicts with one of them escaping into a particular little town of a few houses, to give a lady named Eden(Halina Zalewska) a certain message. When it's all said and done, and by the time Luke shows up and leaves this town, he ends up killing one person, while capturing the other. The film then jumps to another felon, by the name of José Gómez (Tomas Milian) with several guards escorting him by wagon coach. And they coincidently stop at the same inn as Eve happens to be eating. Eve who's sitting right across from José then hands him a gun underneath a table, and then leaves. Chaos ensures with many people killed including the inn keeper. After bounty hunter Luke collects his reward from another town, he then hears about José's escape, and already knows where he's heading to without informing authorities about where José is going to show up. By the time he goes back to the small little town, it appears they don't like Luke at all and feel that they know José more than Luke does. But, by the time José shows up, it appears that he's just psychopathic as other people claim him to be, and that the people who were helping him were completely wrong. Much of this movie dwells on this set up.
As I was watching this, the hero, Luke reminds me of "The Man With No Name' character created by Sergio Leone, since viewers no absolutely nothing about him except for what does for a living which is that he captures or kills wanted felons for a substantial reward. Had Leone gotten his hands of this script, it would've been an instant ingenious classic, but what we're left with instead is just an interesting premise with a not so interesting action sequences that could've been better.
2.5 out of 4
Having seen a lot of Italian westerns, I find a certain sameness to many of them. Sure, the plots are a bit different--but not remarkably so. It's not a bad western but it also doesn't stand out in any particular way. The music is nice, the action decent and the story reasonably interesting. But, on the other hand there is a certain 'sameness' to the film--as if I'd seen a lot of other films like it. Plus, although Halina Zalewska is absolutely gorgeous in the film, she looks right out of 1967--with lipstick, hair and makeup that you'd never have found on a woman of the late 19th century. Also, while I don't want to see gallons of blood, this was an odd film because you see absolutely none--and this made little sense. Nor, now that I think of it, did the escape--as there is no way all these federal agents could be killed without the bad guys (who were outnumbered) even losing a single man. 3 Stars 11/15/13