Monday, June 18, 2012

Adios, Sabata

Adios, Sabata (1971), the 2nd in the Sabata trilogy, stars Yul Brynner in the Lee Van Cleef role. Apparently, Lee Van Cleef was offered the role but had to refuse it because he was already committed to play Yul Brynner's character in The Magnificent Seven Ride. Would a simple swap have been too much to ask? I guess so, so we get Yul Brynner in a black outfit with long fringe and a shirt open to the waist carrying a long, red fringed shawl over one shoulder. Not a pretty sight. The music was fine, but the cinematography was filled with zoom-in, zoom-out jumps.

trailer: says, "This is a mighty fine genre example." DVD Talk likes Brynner in this. The Spinning Image closes by saying,
this is diverting enough and the cast throw themselves into the action with some abandon, resulting in no classic, but ideal for followers of the genre.

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