Last Of The Badmen

Il Tempo Degli Avvoltoi (Time of Vultures)

(1967)

 

Kitosch - George Hilton

 

Black Tracy - Frank Wolff

 

Don Jaime - Eduardo Fajardo

 

Also Starring: Pamela Tudor, Franco Balducci, Femi Benussi, Cristina Josani, Maria Grazia Marescalchi, Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia, Guglielmo Spoletini

Directed by - Nando Cicero

Kitosch has some lady trouble which lead to trouble with his employer Don Jaime. Kitosch runs away from the dispute and ends up with outlaw Black Tracy, who he at first look up to but soon finds out what kind of man Tracy really is.

The movie is basically about Kitosch and Tracy, their relationship, choices and character development. Both men have their own enemies but the adversaries are left as sideroles in the story.

The movie starts out poorly, intro & music not too great and Hilton as this lady enchanter. Gets way better towards the end so don't give up too early. The music by Piero Umiliani seem, at places, to make the movie feel less serious, which it in no means is. I found Hilton somewhat annoying, specially when he follows Tracy like a puppy. Don't expect similarities in some of Hiltons grittier roles. He did play the same, or silmiliar, character before in 'Kitosch, Man Who Came From The North'. Frank Wolff however steals the show and his character and alone makes the movie worth watching. Not Frank Wolffs top perfomance though, Bill San Antonio in 'God Forgives... I Don't' still takes the price. I can also mention that at one point Kitosch and Tracy seems a bit too comfortable with each other, to the extension that it's almost sexual.

Nando Cicero only did 3 westerns, 'Last of the Badmen' being the first. Followed by 'Professionals for a Massacre' / 'Red Blood Yellow Gold', again with George Hilton and 'Twice a Judas' with Klaus Kinski.

Filmed in both Italy and Almeria the settings look good. There is a fair amount of gunplay. Tracys wields a shotgun beside is revolver and has some small arms hidden too, not to mention his grenade launcher shotgun attachment. On more than one occasion they seem to be able to keep on firing even if the guns should have ran out of ammo.

 

 

 

 

Kills: 84 Kitosch - 18 ††††† ††††† ††††† †††
  Tracy - 49 ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††† ††††
  other - 17 ††††† ††††† ††††† ††

Quotes:

Tracy: "-A pistol is like a woman, if you hold it too tight it will rebel and if you aren't firm with it, it will fly away. If you master it, it will never betray you."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 May 2012