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Title: Seven Women For the MacGregors / 7 donne per i MacGregor (Franco Giraldi, 1966)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 23 Aug 2007 - 05:28

David Bailey

Directed by Franco Giraldi

The seven MacGregor sons must reclaim their family gold from the villainous Mexican bandit Maldanado. Along the way, the seven brothers recruit seven women who figure (to a lesser extent) into the storyline in a loose take on the US film SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS.

Bigger budgeted sequel to SEVEN GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS. Everything is bigger here. The stunts, explosions and action scenes. The film also was a bigger hit than its predecessor in Italy. Also known as UP THE MACGREGOR’S, this film features an Irish clan who has playful duels with the Macgregor clan involving who makes the best whiskey. The only letdown is that the 7 WOMEN of the title are not utilized as often as they should be. It would have been far more satisfying if they were given as much screen time as the male actors although they do get to participate in the main action set piece during the finale. Even still, director Ernesto Gastaldi obviously had fun directing this one and if you enjoyed the first, you should enjoy the second as well. A third sequel followed entitled MORE DOLLARS FOR THE MACGREGOR’S in 1972.

On the recent Italian DVD, there is a long sequence of alternate scenes that, had they been included, would have taken the film further away from the carefree light heartedness of the story. What little serious violence there is isn't too jarring as it is not uncommon for comedies to sometimes have serious elements mixed among the comical shenanigans. I've watched the interview with Gastaldi on the sequel and he is very candid and honest about the two films.

I enjoyed this film and its predecessor (both play more like American westerns) as they are so unlike anything else that was being done at the time not to mention that the characters get to emote unlike other spags where there facial expressions seldom change.