Run, Man, Run (1968)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Spaghetti Western  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - France , Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Donald Guarisco

This lesser-known entry in the 'spaghetti western' genre deserves to be better known by fans of the genre. Despite its obscure status, Corri, Uomo, Corri isn't the kind of fly-by-night quickie that many film buffs associate with the genre: in fact, it features impressive production values lavish enough to rival the biggest Sergio Leone films. It also shares Leone's penchant for political themes and epic storytelling, thanks to the ambitious work of writer/director Sergio Sollima: he populates the tale with a colorful array of larger-than-life characters and keeps the plot constantly turning with a combination of plot twists and ever-changing alliances between the characters. The one downside of this approach is that the story is so densely packed that the pace occasionally drags beneath the weight of all its details. That said, Sollima keeps viewers on their toes most of the time by deftly shifting the tone back and forth between comedy and drama. His work is further aided by the impressive performances of the cast: Donal O'Brien cuts a believably imposing figure as a Lee Van Cleef-styled lone wolf, Chelo Alonso handles the role of the hero's long-suffering girlfriend with the right combination of fiery energy and comic timing and Tomas Milian gives a charming, multi-faceted performance as the seemingly hapless but surprsingly resourceful Cuchillo. The film's appeal is sealed by crisp photography and a rousing, Ennio Morricone-styled orchestral score by frequent Morricone arranger Bruno Nicolai. All in all, Corri, Uomo, Corri is a very entertaining film worthy of rediscovery by anyone who enjoys a good spaghetti western.