Men of Honour / Gente d'onore (1967)

3.0 out of 5

The men of honour are mobsters. They are to leave Sicily by fishing boat, but first must make an arduous, five-day trek, on foot, across the island. Unfortunately, for them, this is a march of death.

Clearly influenced by The Odyssey, Folco Lulli's sole directorial outing is similarly structured to Walter Hill's The Warriors. However, in practice, this is a far more languid affair.

Indeed, Riccardo Pallottini's cinematography is the real star here. His impressive panoramas punctuate poor decision making, scenes of inappropriately and inadequately kitted cross-country hiking and the insufferable whining of our foolhardy protagonists. The highlights of the film include some wonderfully realised scenes of a traditional wedding and witnessing our diminishing band of precious hoods attempting to traverse a gorge on a ramshackle, motorised, pulley system. The clearly signposted and tragically inevitable outcome of this particular misadventure proves to be somewhat Final Destination-esque.

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