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Spaghetti Fest: ANY GUN CAN PLAY

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From Dorado Films, beat the cold and winter blues with fantastic "spaghetti" westerns, horror, spy, crime and sci-fi films.

Spaghetti Fest: ANY GUN CAN PLAY

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IMDB User Review: 

Entertaining Spaghetti western with the ageless Gilbert Roland

Author: zardoz-13 from United States

"Any Gun Can Play" lives up to its title. In fact, many guns do play, and at least twenty or more corpses pile up before fade-out. This western isn't so much a parody as it is a knock-off of Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Mind you, bad guys and good guys fall as frequently as ten-pins in a bowling alley, but their deaths aren't depicted in the brutal fashion of a Leone western. "Any Gun Can Play" doesn't take itself as seriously as the aforementioned Leone masterpiece. The three leads jockey back and forth for supremacy. Each has a piece of the puzzle that will lead them to the treasure, but they refuse to share their information until the shoot'em up finale. Lenser Giovanni Bergamini's colorful widescreen photography is spectacular, especially the opening shots of the train chuffing along railway tracks with distant mountain peaks rearing up dramatically in the background. Another great shot occurs when Montero tests the Stranger's imperturbable calm. This scene happens after the Stranger has rescued Montero and the Mexican's minions arrive to save their chieftain's bacon. Confiscating the Stranger's six-gun, Montero takes aim at the poncho-clad tough guy and empties the revolver, placing his well-aimed bullets harmlessly in and around the unflinching gunslinger. Bergamini, who photographed Castellari's World War II thriller "Inglorious Bastards," frames the scene with the Stranger in the background and his pistol in Montero's hand in the foreground for a pleasing, three-dimensional style shot. Meanwhile, Francesco De Masi's lively orchestral soundtrack is as memorable for its own idiosyncratic melodies as Ennio Morricone's soundtracks were for the Leone westerns. The opening song is reminiscent of a 1950's Hollywood western with its catchy lyrics and guitar riffs. Although it isn't a major spaghetti western, "Any Gun Can Play" is always entertaining nonsense with interesting plot twists and good performances, especially the indefatigable Gilbert Roland who was 62 years old at the time!

Any Gun Can Play
Director: 
Enzo G. Castellari
Country: 
Italy
Year: 
1967
Runtime: 
105 minutes

Sean Axmaker writes:

The legacy of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is all over Enzo G. Castellari’s Any Gun Can Play, about three scoundrels (folk hero outlaw Gilbert Roland, bank officer Edd Byrnes, and bounty hunter Jorge [George] Hilton) chasing a fortune in stolen gold hidden somewhere in the countryside. Castellari has none of the style or sweep of Sergio Leone, nor the cold-blooded edge or cynicism of Sergio Corbucci, but his twisty little story of suspicions and betrayals and shifting alliances has a pleasantly lighthearted tone, helped immensely by Roland’s easy performance. Byrnes cuts a surprisingly effective figure as the stuffy Eastern bank officer turned scheming crook, and he looks plenty hard and ruthless with a gun in his hand. In the overstuffed buffet of spaghetti westerns, this is one of the few worth dishing up.

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