Another Clint Eastwood flick of 1965, the second in the “man with no name” trilogy. I didn’t like “A Fistful of Dollars” and this didn’t strike me much better. I am just not an “old and classic” movie guy. Devin says these movies are great, and I really need to get to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” but I digress.
The story plays in and around El Paso in the wild west days. There are no laws. Men with guns rule, and everyone else kowtow to them. Men who are really good with guns can afford to be smug, like Clint Eastwood, a bounty hunter, and his buddy, both unbelievable with handguns.
The story is simple. Bad guys rule the town, take the women, steal the money and shoot everyone that gets in their way or asserts himself in any minor fashion. The two tough guys first stalk each other, then team up, and take on the gang of bad guys of 14 people, and slowly grind them down through subterfuge and gunfire. At the end, the man with no name rides off into the sunset with all the money and the mystique.
If it were not a classic, I wouldn’t have made it through 2 hours and 11 minutes of it, Ennio Morricone score notwithstanding. But I committed to watching the trilogy, and then go on to Sergio Leone’s classic “Once Upon a Time in the West” with Charles Bronson as the harmonica boy. Can’t wait.