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Author Topic: Tequila Joe / ...e venne il tempo di uccidere (Enzo Dell'Aquila, 1968)  (Read 1615 times)

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A rather typical genre storyline - a town torn apart by two feuding gangs - gets a more American than Italian atmosphere here as we focus on the deputy who rides into town to find the Sheriff is a drunk and happy to just let the killings continue so long as he is away from it all. Very few of the Italian Westerns focused on Sheriff characters and so this gives the film an original starting point, it also helps considerably that the drunkenness is never played for comedy and instead is ernestly serious, making the character seem like a real down and out. The film has a number of unexpected turns and builds to a dramatic and very tense climax with an ending that works surprisingly well. Interestingly the script was co-written by Fernando Di Leo who also penned the earlier MacGregor films which did make the mistake of trying to combine comedy and dark moments.

Little known Jugoslavian actor Anthony Ghidra plays the Sheriff and his drunken acting is very impressive. Genre regulars Furio Meniconi and Mimmo Palmara play the gang leaders. Director Enzo Dell'Aquila goes a very good job with the good looking town sets while the location shots although clearly not in Spain, do not just look like the quarries that many of the low budget Westerns used. Francesco De Masi provides another fine genre soundtrack.

The new DVD from Wild East looks and sounds great and is the only English friendly release of the film thus far. You can read my full review of the film and disc on my site - ...e venne il tempo di uccidere.
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