|THE RUTHLESS FOUR (OGNUNO PER SE) (director: Giorgio Capitani; screenwriters: Augusto Caminito/Fernando Di Leo; cinematographer: Sergio D'Offizi ; editor: Renato Cinquini; music: Carlo Rustichelli ; cast: Van Heflin (Sam Cooper), Gilbert Roland (Mason), Klaus Kinski (Brent, TheBlonde), George Hilton (Manolo Sanchez), Sarah Ross (Anna), Rick Boyd (Alfred Brady), Sergio Doria (Hal Brady), Ivan Scratuglia (Telegraphist); Runtime: 96; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Alberto Pugliese /Luciano Ercoli; Paragon; 1968-Italy/W.Germany-in English)|
|"A good spaghetti western
about the evils of greed."
by Dennis Schwartz
A good spaghetti
western about the evils of greed, set during the
Nevada gold rush days. It's finely directed by
Italian filmmaker Giorgio Capitani
("I Hate Blondes"/"Lobsters For Breakfast"/"The
Archangel"). The screenplay by Augusto Caminito and Fernando Di Leo resembles John Huston's
Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
When the old-time, craggy-skinned, prospector Sam Cooper (Van Heflin),
discovers gold in the hills of Nevada, he asks the
young Manolo (George
Hilton), whom he raised when the lad was
growing up as an orphan in Denver and is the only
one he trusts to help him dig out the vein. But
Manolo brings along the ruthless killer Blonde (Klaus Kinski), his gay
partner, and this frightens Sam. So for support, Sam
pays his old army buddy, Mason (Gilbert Roland), to join the
group for his protection. On the way to the gold
mine, the foursome must eliminate a gang that
attacks them. In another killing, Blonde kills a
lost wanderer in the hills, who turns out to be the
marshal. When Sam for safety reasons collects all
the guns, Mason beats the dangerous Blonde to death
when he resists. Sam in turn kills Manolo, who was
going after Mason.
It's a character-driven B-western, with
lots of action.
REVIEWED ON 6/30/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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