In this sequel to his own, superior, The Big Gundown, Sergio Sollima, on of the three great Sergios of the Italian west, explores themes of redemption and sacrifice against the backdrop of the Mexican revolution. Alliances shift, as an assortment of fortune hunters, including perennial character faces such as Nello Pazzafini and Luciano Rossi, race to a three million dollar hoard of gold. But, here, poets, propagandists and other righteous idealists falter, where only men of action are able to succeed. The immoral, of course, get nothing.
Additional scoring from Ennio Morricone echoes, ever so slightly, his work on the Dollars Trilogy. Meanwhile Tomas Milian, reprising his role as Seven Samurai inspired Cuchillo Sanchez, once again gets to bring a shoulder-knife to a gunfight. He is also strapped to a spinning windmill in just one of a number of crucifixion inspired scenes throughout the feature.