Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5
Original story: Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu
Italy/Spain/West Germany, 1965. Produzioni Europee Associate, Arturo González Producciones Cinematográficas, Constantin Film. Scenario by Sergio Leone, Fulvio Morsella, Screenplay by Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, English dialogue by Luciano Vincenzoni. Cinematography by Massimo Dallamano. Produced by Arturo Gonzalez. Music by Ennio Morricone. Production Design by Angel Cabero, Montoro. Costume Design by Carlo Simi. Film Editing by Eugenio Alabiso, Giorgio Serrallonga.
Sergio Leone followed up the popular Fistful Of Dollars with this staggering action film, an enjoyable sequel that surpasses the original in some ways. Clint Eastwood returns as the Man With No Name (here referred to as ‘Manco’, or ‘One-Handed’ in Spanish) who is traveling the countryside killing criminals for reward money. He now has a rival in Lee Van Cleef, an equally adept rifleman who intends to make a retirement fund out of his bounty hunting, but the two of them butt heads when they realize they’re after the same man. Mega villain Gian Maria Volonté has just escaped from prison, and the reward money being offered is enough to allow either of our hunters to retire for the rest of their lives. The lines of good guys and bad guys are irresistibly mixed in this terrific tribute to the good old days of Western lore, with Leone utilizing terrific character detail to accent the rousing action scenes. Gorgeous cinematography of panoramic vistas (Italy subbing for the wild wild west) is no detraction either.