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Sabata

PG-13 1970 1h 46m Western List
Reviews 68% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A group of thieves rob a safe of $100,000 and plan to use the money to purchase some land near a proposed railway line. The crooks think they've gotten away with their crime, but they haven't figured on Sabata (Lee Van Cleef), a violent bounty hunter with no scruples and a strong desire for cash. He teams up with both his partner, Banjo (William Berger), and a local bandit named Carrincha (Pedro Sanchez). Sabata's fast draw and quick wits make life hell for the thieves. Read More Read Less
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Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Though it's a little rough around the edges from a technical standpoint, this high-octane, cult Spaghetti Western still offers plenty of unique, stylized fun. Rated: 8/10 Aug 31, 2020 Full Review Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com The movie has a snappy pace, fierce style, and bursts of aggression, keeping genre elements alert as it details a peculiar story of blackmail. Rated: B+ Sep 27, 2014 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews There's a lot of spaghetti tossed in this action western. Rated: C Apr 21, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Ashley H Sabata is a decent film. It is about a master gunfighter who sides with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the dignitaries of Daugherty. Lee Van Cleef and William Berger give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Gianfranco Parolini did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the action and drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/17/23 Full Review Audience Member In my opinion, the more the characters talk in a spaghetti western, the worse the movie is. Wee, there is a lot of character dialogue in this movie. Further, for some reason the gunfire sounds more like stormtrooper blaster rifles than peacemakers. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review bob b The genre of Spaghetti Westerns naturally contains some cardboard characters and ludicrous plot devices, but even with this baggage, there have been some standout gems, including most of the Eastwood films (esp. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly). Then Clint came home, and Charles Bronson starred in the excellent Once Upon A Time in the West, James Coburn and Rod Steiger starred in the surprisingly good Duck You Sucker (aka A Fistful of Dynamite). They also decided that Lee Van Cleef could be promoted to top billing (especially in 2/3 of the Sabata trilogy). Lee Van Cleef plays the same character he always plays, and for me that's a plus. Your enjoyment of the film might hinge on your ability to stomach more than a few quips from William Berger as "Banjo", who yes, has a banjo with a gun attached to the back that he uses in duels. He doesn't say a lot - thankfully, because he is enigmatic in a smarmy, non-Clint way. The convoluted plot is ridiculous even for such westerns and the film relies on quirks like an acrobat who can bounce from roof to roof to courtyard as if the world were made out of trampolines. And the film feels like The Bad, without any Good or Ugly characters. Pass, or first watch many other deserving films in the genre (with characters we care about). Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Lee Van Cleef in a Western, poor script, average supporting cast = so-so Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member I am a big fan of older Western, but this one was a little bit ridiculous in that Lee Van Cleef could hit a stick of dynamite in almost pure Darkness from a hundred yards away. I've never seen a movie with three gunman killing at least 50 bad guys. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I'd watch it again if it's on. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/21 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A group of thieves rob a safe of $100,000 and plan to use the money to purchase some land near a proposed railway line. The crooks think they've gotten away with their crime, but they haven't figured on Sabata (Lee Van Cleef), a violent bounty hunter with no scruples and a strong desire for cash. He teams up with both his partner, Banjo (William Berger), and a local bandit named Carrincha (Pedro Sanchez). Sabata's fast draw and quick wits make life hell for the thieves.
Director
Gianfranco Parolini
Producer
Alberto Grimaldi
Screenwriter
Renato Izzo, Gianfranco Parolini
Production Co
Produzioni Europee Associati
Rating
PG-13
Genre
Western
Original Language
Italian
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 16, 2008
Runtime
1h 46m
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