Beyond the Law (1968)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Spaghetti Western  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Italy, West Germany  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Unlike Clint Eastwood, who in the 1960s was cast as the Man With No Name, Beyond the Law star Lee Van Cleef has a name, and a very functional one. Van Cleef is known to one and all as Bandit Turned Sheriff. Actually, a more appropriate cognomen would be Bandit Turned Sheriff But Still a Bandit, since Van Cleef only pretends to reform so that he can steal a cavalry payroll. Since it's hard to watch Beyond the Law with a straight face to begin with, the producers wisely decided to turn this spaghetti western into a semi-comedy. Released in Italy in 1967 as Al Di La Della Legge, Beyond the Law was distributed in the US in 1971.

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bad-guy, bad-guy-turns-good, con/scam, cowboy, good-guy, lawyer, outlaw [Western], sheriff, shipment, silver, town