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Fistful Of Lead (1970)

Fistful Of Lead (1970)

Alternative title: Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol For A Coffin.

They don't do them like they did in the old days! The spaghetti western era may have been corny by measures now unknown to man but... it was pretty cool too. Wiling out in the Wild Wild West was a real art form, and George Hilton wiles out pretty well here. In a calm, stone cold, sunburnt, squinting kind of way.

Props also to Charles Southwood, Erika Blanc and the nameless bandits.

The title's very reminiscent of a Clint Eastwood-classic, and it stars a very Clint Eastwood-like main actor, and it came out just a few years after the former so you can clearly see the inspiration too. It may not be as polished as the one it was inspired by, but I'm glad they gave it a shot as it turned out to be a real gem - not too much like the well-known classic after all.

There's plenty of creative action intertwined with looking handsome, and the laid back pace of the sun-riddled days of the gun-slinging seventies... that is what it's all about isn't it?

And the characters! Wonder where they find all these guys? They're great, yet they never seem to make it into the mainstream movies. But that's what I love about these movies too. The actors never look like actors. They look like the real deal. No mainstream guys, just tough guys.

The setting's a rundown little village too, and it really feels like the era it's meant to mimic. it's not a masterpiece, but thoroughly enjoyable. Creative action, characters with enviable calm, and a little village with a lot of gold.

I'm glad I found this movie! From an unfortunately all too forgotten time.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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