Any Gun Can Play / Vado... l'ammazzo e torno (1967)

2.5 out of 5

As with Five For Hell this hyperactive caper works simply because it trades enthusiastically on shamelessly goofy entertainment. A rehash of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, a film which, along with Django, it references time and again, the cynical themes regarding human nature and greed are present but with more bouncing around and fisticuff silliness.

In essence at a times parody the film does, up to a point, work well enough as a stand alone feature despite the fact that the in-jokes would likely only be appreciated by those familiar with Leone's celebrated work.

Even while the comedy isn't on the whole riotously funny it should be adequate to bring a smile to all but the most jaded viewer. This is an Italian Western Enzo G. Castellari style and those familiar with the director's work should have an idea of what to expect.

The film opens with the George Hilton dispatching characters clearly based on The Good, The Bad and Nero's Django and ends with an alternative take on the famous western Truel. In between there is hell of a lot of betrayal, backstabbing and double dealing.

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