Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hang 'Em High

Laughable attempt at spaghetti western's je ne sais quoi comes up a day late and a thousand lira short. Dennis Hopper has an enormous credit at the beginning but is on screen for maybe 20 seconds. The great Ben Johnson is killed off-screen, at which point the abbreviated TV mini-series aspirations of the screenplay start to poke through. At one point Clint Eastwood heaves a disgusted sigh and one can only sympathize. There is a sufficiency of fun moments, but I defy anyone not to yell out "Skipper! Skipper!" when Alan Hale Jr. appears.

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