Spaghetti/Paella Western co-produced by Italy/Spain about a Mexican avenger seeking justice and vendetta
This Chorizo/Spaghetti Western is filled with noisy action , thrills , intrigue and spectacular shootouts . It is starred by the ¨Desesperado¨ with Glenn Saxson as the dashing masked avenger . It starts with a group of cutthroats attack a farm of a Mexican family , killing all of them ; except the youngest son . Many years later , the little boy called Manuel Lopez becomes ¨El Desesperado¨ , a masked man who defends good people and specially the Mexican families harassed by American settlers . He poses as a foppish who travels with model girls but the takes a secret identity , disguising as the "The Desesperado" to combat enemies and to help Mexican peasants oppose a notorious land baron who has cruelly oppressed them . He faces a tough, gun-wielding saloon owner , Blackie Stark (Massimo Serato as John Barracuda) and corrupt Judge Wilkins (Beni Deus) . Then Manuel falls in love for the Judge's daughter (Barbara Loy) . When Manuel Lopez's friends become targets in this struggle , the full revenge of ¨El Desesperado¨ will be unveiled.
Agreeable movie , plenty of action , thrills , gun-play , a love story ; all meld together under Luigi Capuano's ordinary direction . It drags at times , balancing in ups and downs ; turning out to be entertaining enough . Although the story has been told before , similar to ¨Zorro¨ films , passable filmmaking and nice acting win out , but it results in an acceptable Western flick . The movie has the typical Spaghetti characters , as the violent facing , greedy antiheroes, bloody and spectacular showdowns, quick zooms , extreme baddies and being compellingly directed . The picture is a tale of justice and revenge , as a gunfighter looks for a man in a little town and seeks vendetta against the parents's killers . It is a combination of overwhelming crossfire and full of villainy , romance and heroism . Interesting screenplay by Manuel Martinez Remis who wrote various Macaroni/Chorizo Westerns such as "Quinto: Fighting Proud¨ , "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time" and ¨Reverendo Colt¨. Fun acting by Glenn Saxson as an adventurer who uses all kind of shrewdness in order to destroy his enemies . The starring is stunningly played by the Dutch Glenn Saxson . Glenn is very fine , he ravages the screen , he jumps , bounds and leaps , hit and run . Glenn as a brave and two-fisted gunslinger is terrific , subsequently the would play similar roles in other Spaghettis ; as he also starred "Django Spara Per Primo¨ and ¨Vete con Dios , Gringo¨ . Music original by Francesco De Massi composes a nice Spaghetti soundtrack and well conducted and splendid leitmotif ; it's full of enjoyable sounds and emotive score . Support cast is frankly well , full of familiar faces from Tortilla/Spaghetti as Spanish players : Beni Deus , Gloria Osuna , Luis Induni , as Italian ones : Giorgo Cieroni , Nerio Bernardi , Glauco Onorato and Riccardo Pizzuti ; the latter , Hill-Spencer films's ordinary . There are many fine technicians and nice assistant direction , adequate production design , and atmospheric cinematography by Pablo Ripoll , he creates an appropriate scenario on the interior ranch and barren outdoors , dirty as well as rocky landscapes , and being shot in Elios studios (Rome) , El Lazio and Spain : Manzanares Del Real , Colmenar Viejo and La Pedriza , Madrid . However , a perfect remastering being necessary because of the copy is washed-out .
The motion picture was professionally directed by Luigi Capuano . He was a good craftsman who made all kind of genres , and especially adventure movie . Capuano directed Spaghetti Western such as "Il Magnifico Texano" , Peplum as ¨Revenge of Ursus¨ ,"Revenge of the Gladiators" , "Hercules and the Black Pirates" and of course Adventures such as "Zorro in the Court of Spain" , "Zorro, Rider of Vengeance" , ¨Zorro and three musketeers¨ ,"Tiger of the Seven Seas" , ¨leopard of Sarawak¨ , ¨Vengeance of Sandokan¨ , "Terror of the Red Mask" starred by Lex Barker and "The Lion of St. Mark" set in Venice and starred by Gordon Scott .
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