Monday, March 30, 2015

Gunfight at Red Sands A.K.A. Duello nel Texas, Gringo (1963)

An Italian western directed by Mario Caiano and Ricardo Blasco, starring Richard Harrison.
The drunken son of a gold mining family brags about his family's gold at a saloon. The next day, three harriers arrive at their home to kill the father, wound the son and take the gold. Another son, who is adopted, returns from a conflict in Mexico and works to find the harriers who stole his family's gold.
This film is the king of video artifacts. There were white things flying around and black vertical lines constantly on the screen. The plot was easy to follow and the characters identifiable. The pacing was about right and the style marked it as a product of 1960s Italy. The soundtrack was one of the worst I have ever heard, with a herky-jerky vocal number at the beginning and end and some treble-heavy saloon piano playing. I really think they could have done a better job because the story was alright, but the presentation sucked. I rate it poor.

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