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Vivo per la tua Morte

A Long Ride from Hell
I Live for Your Death

Italy 1968
produced by
B.R.C. Produzione
directed by Camillo Bazzoni (as Alex Burks)
starring Steve Reeves, Wayde Preston, Guido Lollobrigida (as Lee Burton), Mimmo Palmara (as Dick Palmer), Silvana Venturelli, Nello Pazzafini (as Ted Carter), Franco Fantasia, Enzo Fiermonte, Aldo Sambrell, Rosalba Neri, Silvana Bacci, Spartaco Conversi, Mario Maranzana, Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia, Franco Balducci, Emma Baron, Bruno Corazzari, Sergio De Vecchi
written by Roberto Natale, Steve Reeves, based on the novel Judas Gun by Gordon D. Shirreffs, music by Carlo Savina, cinematography by Enzo Barboni

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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All Mike Sturges (Steve Reeves) and his brother Roy (Sergio De Vecchi) want is to track down the rustlers who have stolen their cattle ... but it's there bad fortune that they camp too close to the traintracks one night, and then a train is robbed of its gold shipment, the two are shot at and wounded through no fault of their own, and without trial or anything they are convicted to labour camp by an over-ambitious Sheriff (Guido Lollobrigida). In the labour camp, Roy dies, but Mike vows revenge, incites a rebellion, and soon the guards are overcome, and while many of the other convicts are recaptured by bounty hunters or die on their way through the desert, Mike makes it through alive, gets new clothes and information from a whore he knows (Rosalba Neri), puts two and two together ... and sets out on a road to revenge: Thing is, he figures the Sheriff who sent him to the labour camp didn't do this out of pure ambition, but he was/still is in league with Mayner (Wayde Preston), an old acquaintance of Mike's whom he has met only the night of the robbery near the train tracks. So Mike follows one clue after the next until he can track down the weakest link of the gang in a hut in the mountains and thus lure the Sheriff and his henchmen out into the open, to gun them down one by one. When Mayner arrives on the scene, he soon sees Mike has the upper hand, thus rushes to the site where the loot is hidden - but Mike tracks him down, withstands the temptation to become Mayner's partner (and share the loot), and defeats him in a fight fair and square ... but instead of killing him, he takes him to the labour camp he has escaped of, to have him worked to death there ...

 

Ex-Mister Universe and peplum superstar Steve Reeves' last film is arguably also his best: While most of his earlier costume efforts were little more than simplistic pieces of escapism relying more on his physique than anything else, A Long Ride from Hell is a rather intelligent piece of Western, and Reeves' acting, if not outstanding, is rather adequate (though he still has a couple of scenes to show off his muscles to be sure). Even within the spaghetti Western genre, which was already beginning to wane in the late 1960's due to oversaturation, this was a very decent effort, the story is (mildly) original and offers surprises, the direction is solid, and the whole thing is made with care. That said though, A Long Ride from Hell, while a very decent last film for Reeves as it would be for most any actor, is hardly a classic and little more than a footnote in genre history - point is, the film might be good but it's not special in any way: The spaghetti Western genre has given birth to quite a number of undisputed and highly original classics, original for a wide variety of reasons, and to many more so-bad-they're-good trainwrecks of movies that one likes to show at parties - and A Long Ride from Hell quite simply is neither, it's just a very ok film but neither as attractive as the really good nor the bad ...

 

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