Man of the East / E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico (1972)

2.5 out of 5

A fine English gentleman dandy Terrence Hill is instructed, by the last dying words of his father, that he must travel to the American West of Arizona to be educated by his deceased father's fellow small time crooks to learn the trades of a cowboy: To shoot and ride, drink, gamble and become a real man.

This is largely an uneven western comedy, sometimes funny, sometimes not.

The action is not remarkable, the pacing often slow and tedious and clocking in at just around two hours,the film is a little overly long. However, all that aside, Man Of The East is finely directed and acted by its cast and does feature some rather classic moments of comedy, namely when Terrence Hill rides into a western town on a bicycle! And the bar brawl at the local saloon is another highlight. Proof that Terrence Hill can be funny, even without Bud spencer.

If only the script and pacing was tighter and the action more engaging this may have been great. Worth a look.

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