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From The Spaghetti Western Database
The first (and best) of a series of movies in which Tony Anthony plays a character known as ‘The Stranger’. Even though the film was co-produced by Allan Klein, it was made on a shoestring. Only a handful of sets were used, only a handful of lines are spoken. It has often been called a poor man’s A Fistful of Dollars, but Vanzi uses a simplified version of the plot to make a film which definitely bears his personal imprint. Actually, this is a very fine spaghetti western, minimalistic, atmospheric, and very violent. – Scherpschutter
>> I like Tony Anthony's vulnerable hard man persona. It is a good balance (…) and allows his character to be both ruthless and likeable at the same time. A Stranger in Town offers all the ingredients I expect from a spaghetti but doesn't fall into too many cliches. – Phil H
A stranger wearing a poncho was not the only idea directly "borrowed" from A Fistful of Dollars, which led the critics to call A Stranger in Town the most impertinent of all derivatives of Leone's groundbreaking SW. What critics often missed was that Tony Anthony's impertinences absolutely had their own nasty charm, and he and director Luigi Vanzi were self-contained enough to bring in their own sense of taste to the archetypical story. Mean, violent, taciturn, unaffected and garnished with a great villain by Frank Wolff.