Sabata (1969) - Western

Hohum Score

15

Watchable

A master gunfighter teams up with a banjo-playing drifter and a Mexican tramp to foil the town leaders of Daugherty, Texas, who want to steal $100,000 from their own bank to buy land that the approaching railroad will cross.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 4 out of 40 found boring (10%)

One-line Reviews (32)

The only way to find out is to seek out a copy of this most entertaining Spaghetti Western.

Parolini keeps the action moving at a snappy clip, stages several exciting gunfights, springs some surprises along the trail.

Ultimately the Sabata series is an extremely enjoyable romp, through high-spirited realms of spaghetti-western escapism, which should easily when you over with it's innovative approach and great acting.

This first Sabata directed by Gianfranco Parolini is very amusing and entertaining .

See it – The Sabata trilogy is the epitome of spaghetti westerns -a bit cheesy, but immensely entertaining and full of clever ways for people to get shot.

The pacing is laid-back, but the camera smoothly follows the action with dramatic zooms and some rousing, if familiar sounding music cues.

Linda Vera was absolutely stunning.

I watched this for the first time last night and really enjoyed it its the best western I've seen for a while I'm surprised it hasn,t got more of a following.

It is breathtaking.

However the story has some disjointed pacing at times that make you wonder how one scene connected to the next.

If you have a ravenous appetite for Spaghetti westerns lensed in rugged Spain with exhilarating music like composer Marcello Giombini's score and Carlo Simi's evocative sets (he collaborated with Sergio Leone), "Sabata" is a surefire sagebrusher.

Not because of Van Cleef's performance, which is imposing and memorable as always - the problems with this film are more down to the lukewarm plot and rather boring execution.

All in all though this film was entertaining and I would give it a 5.5 out of 10.

In addition to the plethora of gunplay and the high body count, it's the craftiness of Sabata and Banjo that is the most entertaining element of the film.

The film is an action packed, laugh-out-loud adventure.

I found it to be an enjoyable flick.

i was surprised how action packed it was.

A stylish and entertaining spaghetti-western.

While that one lacked Van Cleef, the story is more compelling than this debut.

There's virtually no story in this film, just one big set-piece after another.

Good, exciting western action film.

The various attempts on Sabata's life and him demanding more money each time also became quite tiresome, it seems the script writers ran out of ideas.

Compared to the great Spaghetti Westerns this was a waste of time, glad I didn't have to pay for the box set.

A classic action packed sagebrusher with melodramatic twists and turns needs a violent, larger-than-life villain to challenge the hero.

Very toungue in cheek but still fun and action packed.

The finale is quite enjoyable, with a nice bunch of twists and a good laugh at the end.

Absolutely ridiculous, totally entertaining ultra-spaghetti western featuring one of entertainments greatest, and ugliest, bad guys - Lee Van Cleef.

Director Frank Kramer (Gianfranco Parolini) is adequate but unoutstanding, his directorial style fairly uninspired in this film – he went on to direct Van Cleef in a number of other enjoyable Italian Westerns.

As a spaghetti western, it's up there with "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that keeps it's tongue firmly in cheek.

Exiting and snappy like only an Italian spaghetti western can be.

This is first and probably the best of the three Sabata films, a series known for it's gripping gun-fights, high-flying acrobats and an overall high-degree of cinematic flair; and to top things off, thanks to the stellar performances of Lee Van Cleef and Yul Brynner, these films are firmly guided by the ultra-cool, swaggering presence of some of the genre's all-time best talent.

'Sabata' begins with a compelling exuberant country tune, in which people chant 'Ehi amico...