For a Few Extra Dollars / Per pochi dollari ancora (1966)

3.0 out of 5

One of Italy's biggest stars, Guiliano Gemma, takes the lead of another lively and fun Italian oater. It's not up there with the best of the genre, but it's filled with action and numerous cliffhanger moments. Gemma plays a captured Confederate Captain, Gary Hammond, who is hired by the Commanding officer of the Union forces to escort two of their men to Fort Yuma. They are to warn the Union militia of an impending raid by Hammond's troops led by Major Sanders, who has plans of his own.

Episodic at times, Gemma plays his usual angelic tough guy persona, although not in the mold of the sarcastically cold Ringo from the box office sensation, A Pistol For Ringo from 1965. The Morricone/Ferrio score is nothing particularly memorable and fans will recognize many other faces such as peplum regulars Ettore Manni, Jacques Sernas and Nello Pazzafini, who seems to be in everything.

Dan Vadis plays Riggs, the other main antagonist. Previously a star in sword and sandal movies, he made quite an impression as an acrobatic mercenary in Colossus Of The Arena, 1962. From there he would play hero's in a subsequent string of strongman adventures for the next two years.

If you enjoyed other Gemma movies like Adios Gringo, One Silver Dollar, or Wanted, you are likely to enjoy this one as well. The last two also from director Giorgio Ferroni as are the atmospheric Mill Of Stone Women and the sprawling The Trojan Horse.

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