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'IS IT ALL JUST FOR THE MONEY ? ?,
on July 26, 2015
'Bullet For The General' is typical of the material that was screened during the 'Spahetti-Western' era during the late
60's into the early 70's.
Many of the faces seen in the film were frequent throughout the series.......
The film is set during the Mexican-Revolution telling of bandit / gunrunner 'El Chucho' (Gian Maria Volonte) who with
his men attack the Presidents Soldiers to acquire weapons they have and indeed guard to sell to the revolutionaries,
not out of patriotism.
When attacking a train to steal weapons 'El Chucho' comes across an American Bill 'nino' Tate' (Lou Castel) who
claims to be a wanted man in the U.S making himself an acceptable addition to his number.
'Tate' brings an added dimension to the group with his own brand of bloody violence...but, why is he so eager to
be a part of 'El Chucho's' bandits, he plays his cards close to his chest.
They attack the small town of 'San Miguel' which is occupied by a company of the presidents soldiers, they capture much
ammunition along with a gold-machine-gun....most of the group just want to take the weapons to the Revolutions
General to collect payment, 'El Chucho' gets an attack of conscience knowing the town will be attacked by soldiers and
it's vulnerable and down-trodden residents slaughtered, he offers to stay and fight, but most of his followers along with
his new best friend 'Tate' but his brother 'El Santo' (Klaus Kinski) with a few others stay to help, however when 'El Chucho'
realizes the others have the prized 'golden-machine-gun with them, he gives chase promising to return....however money
proves to be his master and he and 'Tate set off to sell the captured weapons to the General.
The film does have some good action sequences typical of the 'Spaghetti' film series, however in my view it does lack the
polish and indeed humour associated with films such as the 'Eastwood' trilogy and indeed the Stieger/ Coburn offering.
The disc has both the U.S and International versions on-board with Audio for Italian and sub-titles also for French and Spanish.
There is a bonus disc with the Special-Edition with insights into both the films director and 'Gian Maria Volonte'
The Blu-ray upgrade is good.
* A Bullet for the Director
* Interview with director Damiano Damiani
* Theatrical Trailers
* Poster and Stills Gallery
(The film is multi-region)