7 Dollars On The Red
Sette Dollari Sul Rosso
Johnny - Anthony Steffen
Sancho - Fernando Sancho
Jerry - Roberto Miali
Also Starring: Loredana Nisciak, Elisa Montιs, Alfredo Varreli, Spartaco Conversi, Gianni Manera, Franco Fanatasia, Josι Manuel Martνn
Directed by - Alberto Cardone
Reviewed version - SPO Japan
Johnny's wife is killed and his son is kidnapped by Sancho and his bandit gang. Johnny swears revenge and to find his son Jerry. Sancho raises Jerry as his own son and Jerry becomes as bad as Sancho. Not a big suprise that it all ends in a father versus son finale.
Based on ancient Greek tragedy, at first it seems like a regular revenge Spaghetti Western. It evolves to something else when the father and son dilemma emerge more. The years passing aren't shown very effective, all the sudden you hear from the dialogue that it was many years ago. 20+ years has passed but the only change is a some gray beards, mustaches and sideburns. Hardly noteble unless you try to look for some evidence. First time I watched this I didn't notice that Jerry was Johnny's son until later towards the end. I was tired when I watched it but they could have done it more effectively. Like in the way they portray Sancho doing robberies at one moment in the movie.
There is a decent amount of action and we get a shootout or a fistfight here and there. Some girls are also mixed into the story. The best part is the last 10 minutes. Too bad they didn't start out like that because compared to the rest of the movie, the end is superb.
Music is good. Steffen wasn't as annoying as I usually find him, Sancho does his regular Mexican bandit, Miali is pretty unmarkable. Directing is a little so-so until the finale. Fairly easy to watch but could have been much better.
Sancho: "-Idiot, watch how you carry that boy, he's not a sack of potatoes!"
16 February 2007