It’s been a while since I’ve done a Retro Review, and I want to apologize. I get busy, as we all do, and I don’t always find the time to fit everything I want to see in to my schedule. Luckily, I was able to fit this awesome Spaghetti Western in to my daily life, and that is mostly thanks to Hulu, which has an unreasonable amount of Spaghetti Westerns available for viewing. Including a ton of Franco Nero productions! Who, if you didn’t know, played the “original” Django, not that the Franco Nero production and Quentin Tarantino share much in common. Consider this the first in a multi part Spaghetti Western review series called Marinara Review.
If you’re not familiar with Spaghetti Westerns, then Texas, Adios is the perfect place to start. It’s condensed to 93 minutes, incorporates the trends that these Italian produced Westerns would become infamous or famous for, and it eliminates a lot of the more verbose and unwanted elements. It’s not perfect. Hell, it’s not even great. But it is a kick ass good time that you can chuckle at, and find sincere enjoyment in.
Franco Nero stars as Burt Sullivan, a no nonsense sheriff hell bent on killing the man who killed his father. Alberto Dell’Acqua stars as Franco’s brother, Jim Sullivan, a pretty boy ladies man who is good with a pistol, and would follow his brother straight to the gates of hell. In this case, hell happens to be Mexico, and the Devil is Cisco Delgado, a gang leader who robs from the poor to make himself and his gang rich. That’s the surface of this movie, and that is really all there is. There’s no extreme subtext, no literary allusions, no hallucinogenic Jodorowsky like settings. This is a revenge story that telegraphs its self from point A to point B. And on some nights, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, in this case it is perfectly acceptable, because the movie knows what it’s doing and it does it best: it kills everything.
Texas, Adios is 60’s violent. Men get shot over and over again with no regard to human life, and sometimes we just need a film like that in our lives. Franco Nero and the gun fighting are the most interesting accents to the film. It is easy to see what Franco Nero is a cult star of the 60’s. He has this look in his eyes like he has seen some shit, and is unwilling to let anyone else in. That’s it. There’s not much else to this review, because there’s not a lot of movie. Part of me wishes there were, but I also realize that a concise focused story is better than something that meanders under the guise of intelligence.
Texas, Adios – 1966
Running time: 93 Minutes
Directed by: Ferdinando Baldi
Written by: Ferdinando Baldi and Franco Rossetti
Starring: Franco Nero and Alberto Dell’Acqua
Rating:Share: – 6.5/10