Blindman (1971)

3.0 out of 5

Amid wanton cruelty, mysogny, and vivid color photography of atrocities--including one of the most grotesque gangs of cackling primate bandidos--director Ferdinand Baldi celebrates all that is violent 70s spaghetti western, assisted by a strong soundtrack and Ringo Starr. Unusual elements supply the story its meager distractions, as a rather short, blind Tony Anthony fills a contract to deliver whores to Texas. There's heavy metal Gatling gun action, copious nudity, eyes burned out with cigars, and a very effective evil madam, Magda Konopka, who generates more onscreen menace, and sex appeal, than the movie's many hairy Spanish gorillas on horseback. Stellar locations include the Condor fortress and numerous, blighted townscapes both ominous in broad daylight, as well as able to contain some energetic massacres. Thankfully, it clocks in at 105 minutes.

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