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Keoma (1976)

Cast: Alfio Caltabiano, Alfio Caltabiano, Donald O'Brien, more...
Director: Enzo G. Castellari, Enzo G. Castellari
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Quest, Revenge, Westerns, Spaghetti Westerns
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
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Half-breed Keoma (Franco Nero) returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell (Donald O'Brien), an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make matters worse, Keoma's three half-brothers have joined forces with Caldwell, and make it painfully clear that his return is an unwelcome one. Determined to break Caldwell and his brothers' grip on the town, Keoma partners with his father's former ranch hand (Woody Strode) to exact violent revenge. ~ Paul Gaita, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari and Journalist Waylon Wahl
  • Interview with Star Franco Nero
  • Theatrical Trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

worst soundtrack of all time? by saveyourservant October 7, 2003 - 2:15 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Operatic spaghetti western with the hilariously miscast Belgian-born Nero as a half Native American. Though the film is dubbed, they chose to use Nero's heavily accented English and we never once believe he is remotely anything other than European. Castellari has an eye for inventive shots without a doubt and his interesting method of handling flashback sequences indicates he has some grasp of what he is doing, but the film mostly comes across as a ripoff of Once Upon a Time in the West crossed with The Wild Bunch, with character actors from both making appearances.

Other than Nero's wretched performance, the film's most damning flaw is the goddawful soundtrack. I don't know that I describe it other than cross Nina Hagen doing a duet with Nick Cave with the Saturday Night Live skits in which Will Farrell and Molly Shannon portray the middle school music program directors. And if it was just an opening song, that would be one thing, but we hear variations of the same horrid song over and over again, ridiculously recapping the plot points of the film.

Look elsewhere for a Leone substitute.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.23)
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