Arizona Colt Returns / Arizona si scatenò... e li fece fuori tutti (1970)

2.0 out of 5

1966's Arizona Colt was a hugely enjoyable western which had a decent cast, good script,good direction and a wonderful score from Francesco De Masi. This listless follow-up smacks of a cheap cash-in with a fraction of the budget as none of those ingredients are anywhere to be seen. Gone is Giuliano Gemma as Arizona, replaced by the boringly bland screen-vacuum that is Anthony Steffan. Though, thankfully, Robert Carmardiel does reprise his role as Arizona's alcoholic sidekick to at least inject some personality and humour into the film which elsewhere is sorely lacking.

This time around Arizona is framed for the robbery of a stagecoach and goes after the bandits that set him up and who have, indecently, also kidnapped a ranchers daughter which ends up complicating matters.

Bruno Nicolai's score is also just plain naff, complete with a wacky theme song which is right at the other end of the musical spectrum from the brilliant Francesco De Masi composed Man from Nowhere theme from the original.

There's little to recommend the casual viewer but fans of the original or Sergio Martino completists might want to check this out.

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