Quinto: Fighting Proud / Quinto: non ammazzare (1969)

3.0 out of 5

This Italian-Spanish co-production from Leon Klimovsky proves less a spaghetti western than a crime thriller. Sure, it starts off in familiar territory as a group of masked bandits steal a fortune from a frontier town bank. But, rather than then introducing a bounty killer or marshall protagonist, our focus remains on the robbers. For one of them has pulled a double-cross and hidden the loot. No one is sure who, though all have their suspicions.

While the film fails to provide a strong point of audience identification, at least until late on when the more familiar old master and young apprentice theme emerges, it does feature some well-written characters, with the gang featuring a woman, an Indian and a tubercular army deserter amongst others.

Not a total success, but definitely worth a look for something a bit offbeat.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics