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Fistful of Death
Adios Companeros / Ballad of Django / Strange Tale of Minnesota Stinky

Italy 1971
produced by
Demofilo Fidani for Electra Compagnia Cinematografica, Tarquinia Internazionale Cinematografica
directed by Miles Deem (= Demofilo Fidani)
starring Jeff Cameron, Hunt Powers (= Jack Betts), Klaus Kinski, Gordon Mitchell, Paul Crain (= Enzo Pulcrano), Philip Garner (= Giancarlo Prete), Dennis Colt (= Benito Pacifico), Grazzia Guivi, Pino Polidori, Pietro Fumelli, Manlio Salvatori, Alessandro Perrella, Amerigo Leoni, Giglio Gigli, Renzo Arbore
story by Demofilo Fidani, screenplay by Demofilo Fidani, Mila Vitelli Valenza, dialogue by Alfredo Medori, music by Coriolano Gori, cinematography by Aristide Massaccesi (= Joe D'Amato)

Butch Cassidy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When Butch Cassidy (Hunt Powers) & his gang shoot down the Carson gang in their sleep, little do they know they didn't quite manage to kill Macho (Jeff Cameron).

& while good Macho recovers from his near-fatal wounds, Cassidy has an open dispute with Ironhead (Gordon Mitchell), a member of his gang who wants to take over. Cassidy manages though to persuade him to settle their differences by a game of poker over the whole loot from their last pillage. He wins (if only by cheating), & the gang breaks up ...

Fully recovered, Macho heads for the next village, his head set on revenge, & there he immediately makes enemies with the local reverend (Klaus Kinski) & befriends the local badman Buck - or is it the other way round, one never seizes to wonder ...

When Macho & Buck make an escape after a successful robbery, Macho is attacked from behind & almost shot - which puts the friendship of the 2 men to a test, but in the end, Macho decides to forgive Buck (!), & also learns that the man behind Buck is Ironhead, who has since taken the guise of a successful businessman, but who always tends to have his accoplices shot in order to optimize his own share of whatever loot. & furthermore, Ironhead wants to get even with Butch Cassidy, who has since taken cover in another small village with Kid (Philip Garner), posing as a successful veterenarian (!!). But when he learns Ironhead is after him, he hides in the next ghosttown with his gang, setting a nice trap for Ironhead's gang - & really, it costs the life of everyone in that gang except for Ironhead himself, Buck & Macho.

But Macho has an idea to smoke out Butch Cassidy using dynamite, & really, in a series of explosions everyone of Cassidy's gang is killed except for Cassidy himself & Kid, who can make it for the border.

Their loot though (whatever loot that is) is left behind, & all of a sudden, Ironhead wants to persuade Buck to help him kill Macho to not have to share, but Buck decides to side with his friend instead, & catches a bullet meant for Macho, & with his dieing breath, he shoots Ironhead.

In the final seconds of the film, Macho is revealed to be not an outlaw but a Pinkerton-detective after the Butch Cassidy gang.

 

The plot of this movie is full of incongruencies, plotholes & plottwists that defy believability, which is not made better by the fact that all the actors are either madly over the top (Kinski), untalented (Jeff Cameron) or both (Gordon Mitchell) - but all these inconsitencies lend the movie a weird trashy charme & instant likeability.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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