Return Of Sabata

  • 1972
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Western

This is the third of the "Sabata" films, although the second, starring Yul Brynner, was originally named INDIO BLACK but later retitled ADIOS, SABATA. Van Cleef, starring as Sabata in this Italian-made film, was riding a rollercoaster career until he began starring in the early spaghetti westerns. Taking full advantage of his Mount Rushmore face he soon...read more

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This is the third of the "Sabata" films, although the second, starring Yul Brynner, was originally named INDIO BLACK but later retitled ADIOS, SABATA. Van Cleef, starring as Sabata in this Italian-made film, was riding a rollercoaster career until he began starring in the early spaghetti

westerns. Taking full advantage of his Mount Rushmore face he soon became a huge star in Europe, where westerns had always been popular. Just after the Civil War, Van Cleef, an unreconstituted Johnny Reb, is working as a trick-shot artist in a small circus. The group arrives in a tiny Texas town

where Van Cleef accidentally meets Schone, a former friend who owes Van Cleef a tidy sum and promises to pay back the debt. Van Cleef decides to stick around the town, which is run by Albertini, a domineering red-haired Irishman who consults his Bible as often as he counts his money, which is

often. Albertini levies huge taxes on the populace on the promise that the money will be used to fund various civic projects. Van Cleef's unmoving nostrils smell a rat. When he looks deeper into Albertini's affairs the redhead is resentful of the intrusion and gives Schone the order for Van Cleef

to be killed. Since this would also effectively erase Schone's debt to Van Cleef, the man agrees to set a snare. But thinking better of the idea he reckons that the moment Van Cleef is dead, he'll be next. So he tells Van Cleef of Albertini's offer, and the two men join forces against him. They

recruit two of Van Cleef's circus pals plus a local hired gun and rob Albertini's bank, only to find that all the paper money is counterfeit and that the cash has been turned into gold and is now hidden away on Albertini's property. They find the money in an abandoned mine and kill Albertini and

his gang, and all ends happily. Director-cowriter Parolini uses an alias and well he should. The film employs lots of acrobatics and features odd weapons such as a cigar that shoots darts and a pistol shaped like brass knuckles. A stinkeroo that needed production companies from three countries to

back it, RETURN OF SABATA was financed by P.E.A. (Rome), Artemis Films (Berlin), and Les Productions Artistes (Paris). After a beautiful opening sequence the picture collapses into a mindless shoot-'em-up. With a few more intended laughs, it could have been a funny satire. Unfortunately, everyone

here was dead serious.

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  • Released: 1972
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This is the third of the "Sabata" films, although the second, starring Yul Brynner, was originally named INDIO BLACK but later retitled ADIOS, SABATA. Van Cleef, starring as Sabata in this Italian-made film, was riding a rollercoaster career until he began… (more)

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