A Stranger in Town (1967)

A Stranger in Town (1967)

Released: 1967
Genre: Action, Drama, Genre, Western
Director: Luigi Vanzi
Starring: Raf Baldassarre, Jolanda Modio, Tony Anthony, ,
Run time: 96 min
IMDb: 6.1/10
Country: Italy
Views: 71268


Unknown to anybody else but himself The Stranger arrives in an abandoned town where he witnesses the slaughter of Mexican soldiers by a gang led by Aguila. The Stranger threatens Aguila to denounce him if he does not accept to let him take part in the theft of a shipment of gold. The plan is a success but when The Stranger claims his due, he gets a good beating instead. However The Stranger manages to escape with the gold. The bandits, who want his skin, pursue him. But The Stranger is not the kind to get caught so easily…
Written by
Guy Bellinger
User Reviews: Tony Anthony (which you may know as the titular character of ‘Blindman’) probably is the most feminine of all SW anti-heroes, and still one of the coolest. He’s just so damn relaxed that the coolness comes naturally, there’s little of that typical affectation on his part. He is a slouch, stoic but not stilted, he’s wearing a pink shirt, has bleached blond hair and there’s no sign of any homophobic tendencies (when he shoots a baddie who falls into his lap he doesn’t react with either irony or macho behaviour to ensure us how masculine he is). After he got beat up badly he rescues a woman who later wordlessly rides on a horse with him on the back of the horse and her in front, him holding on to her hips to not fall off, but not in any sexual way. In the sequel, ‘The Stranger Returns’, he’s even carrying around a parasol for much of the running time. I find it funny that its movie poster even asks the question: "Is he interested in women?"

Despite all that he’s a real badass who most of the time is unquestionably more skilled and smarter than any of his enemies. There’s no doubt he’ll prevail in the end and we still care, we’d even care if he hadn’t been beaten up (see sequel), which is a scene that most SWs have to make us care about our anti-hero because most viewers tend not to care about characters who have the upper hand all of the time. It’s worth to note that Tony Anthony more than most stars of a movie not only shapes his own character but apparently the films as a whole as a producer and writer. Ever since this film he always starred in the movies he played in, that guy wouldn’t play second fiddle to anyone.

Dialogue in the film is EXTREMELY sparse, although it doesn’t have more action than your average SW. After the first 15 minutes there is a section in the film that is the most essential to the plot and it has the most dialogue. Cut away that 10-minute section and the complete dialogue adds up to maybe 20 lines. The main music theme rocks melancholically and is catchy, arguably it’s a bit overused, but this never bothers me in a film if the tune is good. The additional score arrangements are also effective but the film doesn’t shy away from silent sections either. Certainly there’s nothing special about the film (except that it WORKS), it’s just a lot of cool fun. Every bit as good as the surprisingly enjoyable sequel.

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