THE BIG GUNDOWN
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(1966, Sergio Sollima) Bounty hunter-with-a-heart Lee Van Cleef is looking at a possible Senate bid, if he brings in Tomas Milian’s murderer-rapist peón Cuchillo. But en route to the electrifying chase through a cane field climax, Lee starts wondering if Milian is innocent.
♫ Music by Ennio Morricone
“Sollima’s magnum opus. One of the more politically engaged examples of the genre.”
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"There's no place else to hear Mr. Morricone's soundtrack than to see the restored digital edition being screened here."
– Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
"A high spot in Film Forum's series. Sollima and his widescreen cinematographer Carlo Carlini make great use of the vast, pseudo-Texas landscapes. Best of all, Ennio Morricone’s score combines everything from his canonical Leone guitar-horn-chorale riffs to Beethoven’s 'Fur Elise' to the crazy, campy theme song, Nina’s 'Run, Man, Run.'"
– Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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“One of the Exemplary Spaghetti Westerns… Lee Van Cleef is tremendous. For the first time in his career, he plays an action hero, and does the job to perfection… Van Cleef was joined by Antonio Cases and a host of Leone tough guys, including Benito Stefanelli, Antonio Molino Rojo, Brank Brana, Lorenzo Robledo, Spartaco Conversi and Romano Puppo ( a tall, sharp-featured stunt man who usually doubled Van Cleef in riding scenes)… An American actor, Walter Barnes, portrayed the villainous capitalist; Gerard Herter was his Austrian bodyguard, caped and crew cut; a Spaniard, Angel del Pozo, played the querulous rapist, Shep. They are a perfect Axis of Evil… Carlo Simi’s design and costumes are excellent; and Morricone contributes one of his finest scores.”
– Alex Cox