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Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso!

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (Italy 1969 / Director: Gianfranco Parolini [as Frank Kramer])

  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Release Date: 16.9.1969
  • Filming Locations: Almería

Also known as

Sabata (U.S.A.) | Sabata (France) | Sabata (Brazil) | Sabata (Germany) | Sabata (Portugal) | Oro sangriento (Spain) | Sabata, salaperäinen ratsastaja (Finland) | Sabata, o tromokratis tou El Passo (Greece) | Hé barátom, itt van Sabata (Hungary) | Sabata viene a matar (Mexico) | Sabata vadiler hakimi (Turkey) | Sabata (Czech Republic)

Cast and Crew

  • Cast: Lee Van Cleef (Sabata), William Berger (Banjo), Ignazio Spalla [as Pedro Sanchez](Carrincha), Aldo Canti [as Nick Jordan](Alley Cat / Indio), Franco Ressel (Hardy Stengel), Antonio Gradoli [as Anthony Gradwell](Fergusson), Linda Veras (Jane), Claudio Undari [as Robert Hundar](Oswald), Gianni Rizzo (Judge O'Hara), Spartaco Conversi [as Spanny Convery](Slim), Carlo Tamberlani [as Charles Tamblyn](Nichols, banker), Luciano Pigozzi [as Alan Collins](False Father Brown), Marco Zuanelli (Sharky), Franco Marletta, Andrea Aureli [as Andrew Ray](Tequila), John Bartha [as Janos Bartha](sheriff), Giuseppe Mattei [as Joseph Mathews](Frankie, Virginian brother), Romano Puppo (Rocky Bendato)
  • Also with: Vittorio André (Logan), Fortunato Arena (Stengel henchman at ranch), Gino Barbacane (Stratford, bank guard), Gilberto Galimberti (Shotgun, hitman), Rodolfo Lodi (Father Brown), Ana María Noé (Sharky's mother), Mimmo Poli (bartender), Clemente Ukmar (Virginian brother), Franco Ukmar (Virginian brother), Franco Pasquetto (Clayton brother), Sisto Brunetti (Stengel henchman), Bruno Arié (Stengel henchman at ranch), Fulvio Pellegrino (Daugherty citizen), Luigi Ciavarro (Clayton brother), Angelo Susani (Stengel henchman at hotel), Amerigo Santarelli (Stengel sentry), Alfonso Giganti (croupier), Antonio Marcolini (gambler), Gino Marturano (McCallum)
  • Story: Gianfranco Parolini, Renato Izzo
  • Screenplay: Gianfranco Parolini, Renato Izzo
  • Cinematography: Sandro Mancori [Technicolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Marcello Giombini
  • Producer: Alberto Grimaldi

Plot

Sabata foils the attempts of the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas to rob their own bank of $100,000 in order to buy land and sell it to the approaching railroad.

Review

Spaghetti Western fans used to the likes of Django and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly might be taken by surprise when watching Sabata. True, the film does star spaghetti Western star Lee Van Cleef as the tight-lipped hero of the title, but it has a very different feel from the genre's traditional, Sergio Leone-derived style. Director/co-writer Gianfranco Parolini (alias Frank Kramer) takes things in a direction that seems to fall halfway between The Wild Wild West TV series and a James Bond movie; the film is packed with colorful characters, exotic weapons, and the action scenes that mix wild stunts with pyrotechnics. Parolini appropriately gives the film a light touch, playing up the colorful and humorous aspects while delivering the action. The end result is a little too long for this sort of light material, causing it to drag a bit in the middle, but it is too good-natured and entertaining to dislike. In short, Sabata is likely to make fun viewing for Euro-cult fans and anyone interested in an offbeat Western.

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