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Movie : For A Few Dollars More

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Babyhead tagged along with the old man to see this after they had caught the first one.  So he was hoping he would get the same ride.  He did.  Right away we get a long shot of a lone rider crossing some harsh country.  The music is the same style as the first film so we’re in familiar territory.  Then a shot rings out, the rider falls from his horse and the horse bucks away.  Next scene we’re on a train and we meet an imposing man all dressed in black reading a bible.  He detrains at a shithole of a town.  Goes to the telegraph office takes down a bounty poster off the wall, finds the bounty in the hotel kills him, ( the bad guy wasn’t going to win any good looking baby contests ) and collects his money.  You don’t want to mess with this guy ‘Colonel Mortimer’.  He’s onto the next town to collect another bounty but is beaten to the punch by another bounty hunter, the same guy from the first movie.  ‘Manco’.  He’s as deadly and cool as the first time out.

Next scene we see a gang of nasties break a guy, El Indio out of jail, killing everyone that gets in their way.  After this they plan to rob the bank in El Paso.  No rest for the wicked.  There’s a $10,00 reward for El Indio.   Mortimer and Manco team up hoping to take down the bad guy and his men.  That’s the story more or less and CB loved it.

Sergio Leone continues from ‘Fist Full of Dollars’and carries his style right into this one.  Massimo Dallamano’s  cinematography is beautiful.  Ennio Morricone’s unique music adds to the familiarity.  Try getting the theme with the whistling  out of your head.  The cast of actors bring the characters to life in all their craggy, weathered performances.  Character faces in spades.  A lot of the same bad guys from the first flick.  Why not.  They’re great.

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Lee Van Cleef, Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte’ are all bang on in their portrayals.  Clint’s second go round with this character and it fit’s him like a glove.  Simply the best for CB in this genre.  Lee Van Cleef is so good.  I mean do they make actors like this anymore?  Economical, real and believable in imaginary circumstances.  Volonte’ is absolutely great.  (another hold over from the first film)  One of CB’s all time favorite heavies (with a lot of mental problems on the side).  Like Lee he is totally believable because he believes it.  The whole watch deal and the self medicating with the reefer puts him in another world.  Great work by all three.

CB loved  Leone’s spaghetti westerns.  His movie making.  This film did not lessen that feeling.  Sitting in a theater and being swept into these stories  was some of the earliest movies he had seen on the big screen.  They made a big impact.  Can revisit them and still be swept away by the film making.

So go back ‘For a Few Dollars More”.  Cincinnati did.

 

 

 

 

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4 comments on “Movie : For A Few Dollars More

  1. 1537
    December 27, 2016

    Loved this – post and movie. I’ve got a real thing for High Plains Drifter too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 27, 2016

      Just had HPD on the box the other night. Clint had that character down. Volonte”does such a great job in this one (And the first one). Over the years CB appreciates his performances more and more.

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  2. yeahanotherblogger
    December 27, 2016

    You know, the only one of these Westerns that I saw was Fistful Of Dollars. I thought it was great. I definitely need to watch the follow-ups one of these days.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 27, 2016

      Neil, the $$$ Trilogy won’t let you down even today. It’s just real good film-making. Leone, Morricone, Eastwood, Van Cleef, Volonte’, (Wallach in ‘The Good, Bad,Ugly’) were a good mix.

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