Film #157: ADIOS, SABATA aka THE BOUNTY HUNTERS...
Adios Sabata (aka The Bounty Hunters aka Indio Black: Sai Che Ti Dico: Sei Un Gran Figlio Di… aka Indio Black, You Know What? You’re A Big Son Of A…)
3 out of 5 stars
Yul Brynner (WESTWORLD, THE KING AND I) takes over for Lee Van Cleef in this ‘sequel’ to the highly entertaining spaghetti western, SABATA. Reportedly, Van Cleef was unavailable to return to the role ofthe innovative gunslinger due to his already being committed to THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE! in which he played Chris Adams which was a role made famous by... Yul Brynner in the original. Oddly, Brynner brings a distinctly different attitude to the role than Van Cleef did and the character is more overt rather than subtle. Directed by the original’s director, Gianfranco Parolini (GOD’S GUN), ADIOS SABATA does little to improve on the original which isn’t so weird considering that it was not originally intended to be a part of the trilogy. The SABATA title and the main character’s name were changed at one point to cash in on first film series’ popularity. The same thing happened with the Django films. Anyway, ADIO SABATA, while not as good as SABATA, is still a lot of fun if you think of it as a good Spaghetti Western and not a part of a series. Good action, plenty of plot twists, and a terrific film score. Of note is that the film was selected by Quentin Tarantino for The First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, TX in 1996.