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The time of the US American Civil War, Missouri, traditionally a part
of the South but occupied by the North early on in the war and since then
pillaged by Union soldiers:
Brothers Johs (Peter Lee Lawrence) and Clell (Romano Puppo) work on
Evans' (Andrea Bosic) farm, and Johs is even engaged to Evans' daughter
Christine (Beba Loncar) - to the dismay of her father though. Then though,
the farm is raided by the Northeners led by Captain Clifford (Luigi
Vannucchi) and treacherous former farmhand Hank (Lucio Rosato), and during
the raid both Clell and his fiancée (Rosalba Neri) are shot. Now Evans
turns to Johs and encourages him to join the gang of Butch (Nello
Pazzafini) - one of the few Missourians daring to fight for the cause of
the South in Missouri, using guerilla tactics - in exchange for the hand
of his daughter.
However, as you might know, the South loses the war eventually, and
Butch and Johs and gang, despite being very successful throughout the war,
are now declared outlaws. And as if that wasn't enough, to save his farm
from confiscation, Evans now promises the hand of Christine to Clifford.
Johs and Butch meanwhile try to make it to Oklahoma to escpe capture,
but when Clifford, Hank and gang start trailing them, they take Christine,
Johs' former fiancée, hostage - and soon enough, Christine falls in
love with Johs all over again, while Butch turns more and more into a
traitor and eventually he and Johs fight it out over Christine, with Johs
ultiamtely having to kill Butch.
Christine is supposed to signal Clifford where Johs will cross the
border to Oklahoma, but she deliberately gives the wrong signals to save
Johs from running into a trap, but when Johs finds out she's signalling at
all, he thinks she has betrayed him and runs into Clifford's trap after
all. However, all Clifford's man succeed in doing is freeing Christine,
they don't even get close to Johs who even manages to kill treacherous
And at a showdown at Evans' ranch, he also sees to it that Clifford
gets his just desserts ...
Very routine Spaghetti Western about the Italians' favourite subject,
vendetta. Unfortunately, director Brescia does not have too many ideas
about what to do with the film's basic premise and thus the film, while ok
on a craftmanship level, seems to be very stale and uninspired. That most
of the actors aren't too talented does of course not help one bit either.
Not really worth your time or money, not because it's so bad but
because it's rather boring.