His Name Was King / Lo chiamavano King (1971)

3.0 out of 5

Giancarlo Romitelli's revenge romp pairs and ultimately pits Richard Harrison and Klaus Kinski together as former friends turned sworn enemies.

With Luis Bacalov's phenomenal title theme, subsequently used in Tarantino's Django Unchained, to brilliantly compliment the plentiful camera sweeps across a surprisingly lush green vista, Harrison gallops back to town for the inevitable, well executed, final gun down.

At under 80 minutes, Romitelli barely has time to set up Kinski's despicable double cross, let alone add much in the way of meat to the bone and things move at such a clip that some may find the narrative somewhat underfed. Nonetheless, His Name Was King remains an enjoyably stylistic, if ever so slightly throwaway, late addition in the spaghetti cycle.

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