Texas Addio / Adiós, Texas
Texas Adios / The Avenger / Django, der Rächer
Manolo Bolognini, Carlo Giovagnorio (executive) for B.R.C.Produzione/Estela Films
directed by Ferdinando Baldi
starring Franco Nero, Cole Kitosch (= Alberto Dell'Acqua), José Suárez, José Guardiola, Livio Lorenzon, Hugo Blanco, Elisa Montés, Luigi Pistilli, Antonelly Murgia, Gino Pernice, Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia, Silvana Bacci
written by Ferdinando Baldi, Franco Rossetti, cinematography by Enzo Barboni
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Sheriff Burt Sullivan (Franco Nero) runs an orderly Texas town, & he won't
even let boutnyhunters shoot their prey, instead sees to it that every criminal
gets his fair trial. However, one day he decides to ride off to Mexico, where
he thinks he will be able to find the killer of his father, Cisco Delgado
(José Suárez), & despite his objections, his younger hotheaded brother
Jimmy (Cole Kitosch) comes with him.
In the Mexican town they think to find Cisco Delgado though they soon run
into trouble, as they villagers - out of fear - seem to form a wall of silence,
& the Alcalde Miguel (Livio Lorenzon) seems to be more than happy to drive
them out. Only a rundown lawyer who wants to start a revolution & a barmaid
(Silvana Bacci) seem to be willing to help them ... but the barmaid soon pays
with her life for it.
Finally, Burt & Jim make it to Delgado's ranch, but Delgado, having been
forwarned, immediately wins the upper hand, & ahs the 2 of them trapped ...
but not only that, he also tells Burt (not Jim though) that he himself is Jim's
father, & after years of neglect, he wants to finally fulfill his duties of
father ... not only will he let Jim stay by his side, he also offers Burt a job
in his gang ... but Burt refuses, his only purpose being to bring Delgado back
to Texas - alive - & have him stand trial.
Delgado of cozurse refuses, & he has -Jim incarcerated while he orders
the Alcalde to throw Burt out of Mexico for good ... which almost works too,
wouldn't the lawyer's revolutionary army save him at the last minute ... Burt
however refuses to join the bunch of wannabe-revolutionaries, but gives them
sound advice as how to not walk into a trap set by Delgado, instead involve
Delgado's guards in a shootout so Burt himself can deal with Delgado ... again
though Delgado seems to win the upper hand as he has Jim as hostage ... but he
hasn't taken into account that Jim might hate him even though he's his father
... & in the final shootout, Jim is shot by one of Delgado's man, while
Burt has to shoot Delgado in self-defense, thus spoiling his plans to bring him
to justice alive a bit ...
Very solidly directed & beautifully photographed spaghetti Western that
- do wonders not cease - actually makes a point about its main character
wanting to exact his revenge by bringing the main villain to justice alive
instead of killing him ... & this point is even made repeatedly. In
the end it doesn't work out when the lead has to shoot the villain after all,
but that's somewhat besides the point.