|Well, they called it Beyond the Law over here...|
Before the Camera:
Lee Van Cleef (Escape from New York)
Antonio Sabato (War of the Robots)
Bud Spencer (Trinity is My Name)
Lionel Stander (TV's Hart to Hart)
Graziella Granata (Curse of the Blood Ghouls)
Herbert Fux (Woyzeck)
Carlo Gaddi (Django the Bastard)
Al Hoosman (Town Without Pity) - he's uncredited for some reason in this flick!
Gordon Mitchell (Atlas Against the Cyclops)
Behind the Camera:
Directed by Giorgio Stegani
Produced by Enrico Chroscicki, Alfonso Sansone, and Luggi Waldleitner
Written by Mino Roli, Giorgio Stegani, Fernando Di Leo, Lorenzo Sabatini, and Inge Hilger
Story by Lorenzo Sabatini
Here we have the great Lee Van Cleef excellently cast as rough edged two-bit criminal Billy Joe Cudlip, who takes on the job of sheriff in a small town initially to be in a better position to steal the payroll and silver from the citizens of the mining community. But, wonder of wonders, after a short time battling some of the criminal element in the town - the newly minted lawman finds the job (and the respect he's given) pretty agreeable. He also starts to help the cheerfully naive young mining exec (Sabato) just arrived from Europe who has been sent to protect all of the money and precious metals. This does not sit well with Van Cleef's two cronies (Stander and Hoosman) who are ready to grab the dough and go go go. There's also the other mining official (Spencer) to deal with plus a gang of no-goodniks led by a nutjob in a cape (Mitchell) obsessed with absconding with the loot. Will Van Cleef stay on the side of the angels - or will he only be there long enough to steal the silver himself?
|"Bowties are cool."|
|"For the last time, no, you cannot call me Mr. H!"|
|Gordon Mitchell - with a face carved from villainstone.|
While no world beating classic, I had a good time with this light hearted Western that also has a little heist movie and buddy adventure flick mixed in. Director Stegani doesn't set out here to reinvent the wheel - and sometimes that is just fine. It's not a bright and colorful movie - we stick to the period's palette of dusty browns and muddy browns with some light and dark browns thrown in for variety, but it's a great cast with everyone seeming to have a good time in their roles, and you may find yourself wondering which side of the fence Van Cleef is going to land on before the end credits roll.
If you enjoy an old fashioned Spaghetti Western from the old school - before they started going all stylized - then this is a safe bet. Beware the dozens of cheapie DVDs out there - you might get a chopped up print. This is the one I recommend:
Check this one out!
Let's Get Out of Here ?
At around 42:49, one of the bandits has grown tired of Lee Van Cleef's shooting skills.
Eye Candy ?
Period Western dress is difficult to pull off in the area of eye candy - but I'm giving it to the curvy Graziella Granata!
Welcome to the list, Ms. Granata!
Buddha Man's Capsule Review
|Buddha Man says "Beyond the Law shows why Lee|
Van Cleef was The Master - of spaghetti westerns!"
Thank you Buddha! Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!