1966 | Color | 90 min | 2.35.1 | R | Mono | Western | Euro International Film
Nero, the sheriff of a border town, heads for Mexico to settle an old score: as a boy, he has witnessed how his father was killed by a Mexican. In his quest for revenge, he is accompanied by his younger brother. The man they’re looking for has become a local tyrant, but the plot thickens when he turns out to be the younger brother’s father as well. While the younger brother is locked up by his father, Nero is escorted back to where he came from, but at the border, his escort is attacked by a lawyer-turned-revolutionary and his men, who are about to march against the oppressor ...
Wait the Italians made a spaghetti western in Italy about Mexico? Oh hell yeah, time to grab a glass of White Zinfandel its pasta time!
Director Ferdinando Baldi paints a wonderful and dusty portrait of a small western town in Texas Bring blue eyed Italian Franco Nero along for the ride. Texas Adios was Franco Nero's third and last western of 1966 after the groundbreaking Django and family fun titled Massacre Time. The movie starts off with a bang in a long shootout between two guys that can't seem to hit anything! After that, we learn the true plot of Burt Sullivan (Nero), walks away from his sheriff duties and travels south in search of the man who killed his father many years prior. All he knows is the man's general whereabouts and his name, Cisco Delgado. Sullivan intends to travel solo but he is soon accompanied by his young brother Jim who is equally determined to find their father's killer and join in the search for revenge. The local peasants are in desperate need of help and Delgado has some information that will stop the brothers dead in their tracks.
Ok, so far so good right? Where this is where the story or the writer starts to lose it a little. The first few reels of this movie is a good revenge flick but then Delgado is throwing them a party and they walk around this complex without incident?? So now I'm a little bit confused is this a heartwarming tale? Why did the good guy get along with the bad guy?? Oh, wait we are back to a western style yeah that's it punch him, yeah hit him again!! Now that this movie is back on track lets talk about the sound.
Man, I would have loved being a foley artist back in the day slapping big hunks of meat to get the sound of hitting somebody! I know that is what makes these westerns all spaghetti and kung fu movies fun to watch! Or those great 70's action flicks, why can't we have that still?? As far as the soundtrack goes nothing too heavy or over the top and nothing really new. But it still fits the mood. My favorite piece would be the use of timpani now there is a percussion instrument that does not get much love anymore.
So, in the end, Texas, Adios gives us quite a lot of gunfights, a little blood, and some distinctive pro-wrestling style fist-fights. Even with the strange middle of the movie if you like Spaghetti Westerns then this one is worth your time. Heck, you get 72 different death's in this bad boy which makes me glad I did not grow up in this wild west!
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