Adios Sabata / Indio Black, sai che ti dico: Sei un gran figlio di.. (1971)

3.0 out of 5

Lots of cleverness on display in director Gianfranco Parolini's spaghetti western, mostly found in the numerous ways for humans to die onscreen. Super-energetic camera-work ups the pacing, benefiting a robotic Yul Brynner who steps in for Lee Van Cleef.

Brynner's expressionless, almost dumbfounded performance is barely able to compete with the laughable, open-chested, buckskin outfit of clothes he models like some homo-erotic icon amidst the movie's supporting cast of babbling, sweaty Mexicans.

Co-star Dean Reed performs some seriously dangerous horsemanship and flashes a mouth of Old West teeth-whitening impressive enough to compete with his bulging helmet of butterscotch hair. Lots of weirdly ornamented Gatling guns fill out the cast of sprawling corpses in an enormous body-count finale. There's also the most inventive use of lethal, silver balls to pre-date "Phantasm II". The movie's climactic "evil nemesis" death is extremely creative.

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