Centomila dollari per Ringo (1965)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Spaghetti Western  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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In order to gain access to a hidden fortune held by the Mexican military, fast-drawing gunslinger Lee Barton Richard Harrison must pit the soldiers against the vicious family of gunrunners who supply them. Despite such Italian Western earmarks as frequent double (and triple) crosses in the plot, and bursts of graphic violence, this Italian/Spanish production plays more like a postwar American effort, what with its clearly defined "good" and "bad" characters, and a hero who eventually comes to value family and honor over monetary gain. As it stands, Ringo seems a bit stodgy at times, but director Alberto De Martino delivers plentiful and well-staged action sequences, and Harrison is a charismatic and physically capable lead. This was the last movie De Martino made with the prolific Harrison; their previous collaborations included several sword-and-sandal pictures, including Medusa vs. the Son of Hercules (1963). Viewers confused by the lack of any one character in the film named Ringo should know that Harrison's character is named as such in the Italian version.