Combustible Celluloid
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With: Brett Halsey, Charles Southwood, Marilù Tolo, Teodoro Corrà, Mauro Bosco, Federico Boido, Giorgio Gargiullo
Written by: Mario di Nardo
Directed by: Mario Bava
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Italian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 85
Date: 08/13/1970

Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Knowing Jack

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The third of Mario Bava's three Spaghetti Westerns, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970) is difficult to sit through and is roundly considered one of Bava's worst films. It's a transparent knockoff of the very popular Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, though Bava clearly wasn't cut out for that type of masculine humor. Still, it's a great looking Western for fans of the genre. Brett Halsey and Charles Southwood star as failed outlaws who try to go straight but wind up searching for a lost gold mine on an Indian burial ground.

Kino Lorber released this film on Blu-ray in 2017, adding it to their very fine and large collection of Bava films. It's still not essential, even if you're a fan of Spaghetti Westerns, but it at least looks and sounds better than ever before. It includes one bonus: the "intermission" card from the original theatrical release.

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