Sunday, February 28, 2010

Take a Hard Ride (USA. 1975)

A weirdo mix of spaghetti western tropes mixed up with the stars of the Blaxploitation boom.
Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse, Yor: Bounty Hunter) directs Jim Brown (Slaughter), Fred Williamson (Black Cobra) and a mute Jim Kelly (Black Belt Jones) through epic desert iconography.Through all this, Lee Van Cleef hovers around the side lines not doing much. It's fun stuff staged competently by Margheriti, but its nothing earth shattering, and it all falls apart in a climax that feels like they ran out of money.

It's a solid Italian Western and is worth the watch for the sheer oddity value.

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