The Specialists

1969

Western

81
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 547

Synopsis


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Cast

Gastone Moschin as Sheriff Gedeon
Johnny Hallyday as Hud Dixon
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963.1 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
104 min
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1.75 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
104 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by fgh 8 / 10 / 10

Great Italo-Western, but yet depressing

The whole town of Blackstone is afraid, because they lynched Bret Dixon's brother - and he is coming back for revenge! At least that's what they think. A great Johnny Hallyday and a very interesting, early Mario Adorf star in this Italo-Western, obviously filmed in the Alps. Bret Dixon is coming back to Blackstone to investigate why his brother was lynched. He is a loner and gunslinger par excellance, everybody is afraid of him - the Mexican bandits (fighting the Gringos that took their land!) as well as the "decent" citizens that lynched Bret's brother. They lynched him, because they thought he stole their money instead of bringing it to Dallas to the safety of the bank there. But this is is only half the truth, as we find out in the course of this psychologically interesting western. But beware, it's kind of a depressing movie as everybody turns out to be guilty somehow and definitely everybody is bad to the bone... Still, I enjoyed it very much and gave it an 8/10. Strange, that only less than 5 people voted for this movie as of January 12th 2002....

Reviewed by spider89119 7 / 10 / 10

a very good Euro-western

The copy of this movie that I have seen is not very good. It's grainy and has almost no color in some parts. It switches back and forth between English and French, often in mid sentence, and sometimes even in the middle of a word! To make matters much worse, there are no English subtitles during the French language parts, which I think make up at least one quarter of the film. But, amazingly, the movie is still very understandable and enjoyable, even in this condition, and I think that says a lot about how well-made this film is. This is a top notch spaghetti western with great acting, an interesting storyline, and an excellent music score. It also has a cool protagonist, a beautiful dark-haired girl, some strange characters and events, and an overall feeling of melancholy. This film has "Euro" written all over it. I hope there is a pristine negative or print of this film out there somewhere, because it deserves a quality DVD release, and when it comes out I will be one of the first in line to get it!

Reviewed by ma-cortes 7 / 10 / 10

Exciting and decent Sergio Corbucci Spaghetti Western about an avenger who seeks vendetta against some nasty townsfolk

This Western is a superior outing because displaying thrills , shoot'em up , brawls , intrigue , riding pursuits and many other things . It stands out as one of the best late series genre Spaghetti Western . It deals with a gunslinger called Hud (French singer Johnny Hallyday) returns to Blackstone to find out why his brother was lynched . Meanwhile , Hud is relentlessly pursued by a sheriff (Gastone Moschin) and some henchmen (Sergio Marquand and Riccardo Pizzuti , regular in Terence Hill-Spencer movies) but he gets rid of his contenders . Later on , he along with the marshal are imprisoned by ¨El Diablo¨ (Mario Adorf) , and subsequently doublé-crossed by the beautiful bank owner (Françoise Fabian , who played in ¨Belle De Jour¨) . At the end takes place a curious duel between hippie outlaws battling Hallyday (including all the villagers naked similarly to many years later ¨The perfume¨) . It's a thrilling western with breathtaking gunfight carried out by protagonist Johnny Hallyday who steals the show as a merciless revenger , executing thespian skills , bounds and leaps , twists and shooting and throughly enjoys himself ; as he faces off the heartless Mario Adorf and his hoodlums . It's an entertaining story with a touch of peculiarity , some great characters , an amazing music score and a lot of fun to watch . The picture also titled ¨ Gli Specialisti" is a tale of justice and revenge , as a man returns to a little town and looks for vengeance . The innovative as well as depressing script , which was co-written by Corbucci, and showed him edging close to the new type of offbeat Westerns he is best known for . The basic plot is typical spaghetti western fare , but what makes this movie stand out is its style . While 'A Fistful of Dollars' may have sparked the international popularity of the Spaghetti Western , this semi-successful movie follows its wake , including a lone hero , but here he has to confront strange characters as a weird Mexican outlaw and including four hippies . Johnny Hallyday is top-notch , he ravages the screen , shoots , hits , runs and kills . Here our hero moving through cold rather then heat and fighting in hills and mountains rather then sweat and dust . Support cast is pretty good , and the honor acting goes to the fantastic performance by the always great Mario Adorf as the slimy , menacing outlaw make up for , here in his ordinary role as bandit and in a cruelly baddie character , he is terrific , and bears a hysterical and mocking aspect , subsequently he would play similar characters . Besides , it appears as secondaries the habitual in Italian Western such as : Serge Marquand , Remo De Angelis , Riccardo Pizzuti and Gino Pernice . The good musician Angelo Francesco Lavagnino composes a charming Spaghetti soundtrack , well conducted and it's full of enjoyable sounds . Adequate cinematography by Dario De Palma who makes great use of mountain locations and desolate snowy outdoors , it fact , was filmed in northern Italy in the snow-covered area of Cortina d'Ampezzo , Belluno, Veneto similarly to ¨The great silence¨. This motion picture , titled "Specialists" or ¨The Specialist¨ , was compellingly directed by Sergio Corbucci , it was well received by critics and public . Corbucci was a Western expert , as he made "Massacre at Canyon Grande" , starring James Mitchum , George Ardisson , his first Spaghetti Western to be distributed in the US under the director's own name and being co-directed by Albert Band . Corbucci's next film in the genre was ¨Minnesota Clay¨ (1964) performed by Cameron Mitchell . It was a moderate success , but Corbucci's next Spaghetti Western would break box-office records worldwide and brand his name in Western history alongside Sergio Leone , the ultra-violent masterpiece ¨Corbucci's Django¨ (1966) , considered by some reviewers as an "anti-Western" , it brought an entirely new level of stylization to the genre , not only signaled a move toward an even grittier and more nihilistic brand of Western , but it established a lasting relationship between Corbucci and Franco Nero . After the success of "Django" , Corbucci embarked on a trail of directing more Western films and quickly became one of the more prolific filmmakers in the genre . His subsequent Spaghetti Westerns , were ¨Johnny Gold¨ (1966) with Mark Damon , ¨Hellbenders¨ (1967) with Joseph Cotten and ¨Navajo Joe¨ (1966) with Burt Reynolds , all of them were filmed and released in quick succession . His next Western was "The Great Silence", (1968) , a cult movie starred by Jean-Louis Trintignant as a mute gunslinger and Klaus Kinski as a sadistic bounty hunter . His next Western films were ¨The mercenary¨, and ¨Los Compañeros¨ which re-teamed up with Franco Nero again with which would began his semi-genre with what he called the "Zapata-Spaghetti Westerns" married by racial stereotypes , proletarian fables and his political statements became more explicit . By setting the story in Mexico and fleshing out his characters with political awareness , they were his last box-office successes and deemed to be two of the most accomplished Spaghetti Westerns , with a combination of humor , pathos , comic book-style action, and political commentary . During the 1970s Corbucci made three more Westerns , but the popularity of the genre began to die out . As he made "Sonny & Jed" (1972) dealing with a peculiar couple , Tomas Milian-Susan George , in Bonnie and Clyde mold ; ¨What am I doing in the middle of the revolution !¨ (1972) with Vittorio Gassman and the regular Eduardo Fajardo and ¨The White , the Yellow and the Black¨ (1975) , both of them are almost a parody of his Zapata Westerns , and the latter a spoof to ¨Red Sun¨ .

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