Kill Them All and Come Back Alone / Ammazzali tutti e torna solo (1968)

4.0 out of 5

Chuck Connors and his posse of bandits are hired to steal a stash of confederate gold, only once the job is complete he's told he must Kill Them All and Come Back Alone, but when the double crossing starts things don't go exactly to plan.

Before he was directing ultra stylistic Eurocrime capers Enzo G Castellari was fine tuning his craft directing cool spaghetti westerns like this one. Fast paced, action packed and occasionally brutal, this has some of the hallmarks Castellari would employ to better effect in later work. Though anyone expecting slow-mo shootouts will go away disappointed.

One of many highlights is the James Bondesque pre-credits sequence where Connors and his crew show off all their particular talents in a daring faux raid and some nice POV shots of Connors character in a shoot out.

The late Frank Wolff plays the antagonist with a deft smugness and Connors is a decent Eastwood clone though his tanned, leathery skin and pearly white teeth are off putting at times to say the least.

A mention must also go to Alberto Dell'Acqua, brother of Ottaviano, who nearly steals the show as the emotionless teenage bandit killer in Connors employ.

Add to this a decently plotted script by Tito Carpi and another knockout score by Francesco De Masi. This is about as good as it gets from a non Leone western.

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