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Thank you very much, Senor Sebastian (Leonard Mann). Two times so far you have been kind enough to save my life. First, when you gave me some water whilst I was dying of dehydration. And secondly, when you shot down those bandits' who were trying to capture me.
Now in appreciation for what you have done, I'm going to tell you a story of how you're Mother Anna's (Luciana Paluzzi) lover, Tomas (Alberto de Mendoza), killed most of your relatives many-many years ago. Before accompanying you in enacting your revenge, whilst saving your lovely sister Isabella (Pilar Velázquez) in the process.
Hey! There is no need for you to thank me too, Sebastian! Don't you realize who I am? I'm your old childhood friend, Rafael (Peter Martell). And I promise you that I'll do everything in my power to aide you in your quest.
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all turns sour, when I get kidnapped after you spend the night with a prostitute. As a Mother goes to confession - some bandits have a right session - a sister is saved from some bloke - and at the end of the day, a family revelation goes up in an awful lot of smoke.
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Now when I first sat down and watched 'Forgotten Pistolero', I was dreading that it was going to be another piss poor Sergio Leone knock off I've recently grown accustomed to. But no. Thank God it wasn't like that at all. In my own most humble opinion, this was one hell of a great Spaghetti Western I just adored following.
Next, I've got to say that the theme tune played throughout this movie was a really melodic and catchy harmony to listen to. Honestly. In many ways it had that ability to enhance whatever was going on, on-screen, by either uplifting 'the merry', or by intensifying 'the sad'.
Also, I would just like to add that the actors involved with this flick did a really nice job at playing there respective parts. Not hamming it up too much. And not playing it down too little. One way or another most of them found a splendid balance between the stoic and the bold.
Having said all that, though, there was one thing about this picture that didn't sit quite right with me. It was how this adventure began in a rather aloof and 'stand-off ish' manner. Not really engaging with its audience or its characters until that flash-back sequence commenced, and Rafael told Sebastian who he really was. Furthermore, I did notice on occasion that the tale drifted off on a tangent too. And only really came back to the fore again when things started to become slightly too myopic.
Overall I'd say 'Forgotten Pistolero' was one hell of a cracking film. And I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes their Westerns spaghetti, their story-lines captivating, and their music with a touch of wonder.
THE RATING: A