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A Bullet for the General back to product details

Great, Unusual Buddy Film
written by PatrickCrain November 18, 2003 - 12:03 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The most striking thing about "A Bullet for the General" is its rather surprising character development. While most spaghetti westerns give us loners who are only good guys by default, "ABFTG" gives us a character we think we'll probably identify with but, eventually, grow to dislike. While I think the summary of the film gives away too much of the twisting plot, let it be said that Lou Castel's emotionless and cold take on the "Gringo With No Name" is totally appropriate. Quite the polar opposite, Gian Maria Volonte's revolutionary Chucho is whimsical and lively, a man whose soul has not been (and will never be) motivated by greed. Their dedication to each other is something of a precursor to John Woo's "The Killer" or Michael Mann's "Heat." "A Bullet for the General" is one of those rare Italian westerns with an overt political agenda and this causes the film to have an uncommon depth that is missing from some of the other films of its kind (as stylish and as fun as they are). Ennio Morricone's score is great and especially poignant during the quieter scenes and the film's locations are pitch perfect backdrops for war torn Mexico. While the box may be a little misleading (Klaus Kinski is in the film only slightly more than he was in Sergio Leone's "For a Few Dollars More"), Anchor Bay's presentation of "A Bullet for the General" looks great. While some of the colors seem a little washed out and don't pop off the screen as they do in the Blue Underground Spaghetti Western set, the widescreen photography is gorgeous and the sound is great. The extras are paltry but, for this package, the film is the real treat. A great, unseen spaghetti western that is on a tier with the Leone and Corbucci classics.


(Average 6.48)
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