El Cisco

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  • 1970
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.7  (77)

El Cisco is a 1966 Spaghetti Western film that in many ways is a classic of its genre, telling the story of a bandit named Cisco, played by William Berger, and the many twists and turns that his attempts to steal a shipment of silver from a nearby mine take him on. From the opening moments of the film, it is clear that this is an action-packed, gritty Western that isn't afraid to get violent when it needs to. The memorable opening scene sees Cisco show off his cunning and resourcefulness as he outsmarts a group of thugs who are trying to rob him, dispatching them with ease before we really get to know who he is or what he's about.

We soon learn, however, that Cisco is a complex character. He has a love interest, a woman named Carmela played by Antonella Murgia, whose father is the overseer of the mine that Cisco is trying to steal from. This creates a complex dynamic between the characters, as Cisco struggles with his own morality and loyalty to Carmela, and the audience is unsure if he will eventually betray her or if he will end up choosing her over the riches he seeks.

Throughout the film, Cisco is pursued by two lawmen, a Chinese detective named Chang (George Wang) and a Mexican deputy named Rodriguez. The Chinese character in particular adds a unique twist to the traditional Western tropes, giving the film a sense of diversity and cosmopolitanism.

As the story unfolds, Cisco proves himself an unlikely hero - he is a bandit, after all, and has no qualms about violence or killing, but he also possesses a code of honor and morality that makes him stand out from the other characters. His relationship with Carmela is also complex - while they are clearly drawn to each other, their differing loyalties and beliefs create tension and uncertainty.

One of the things that makes El Cisco stand out from other Westerns of the era is its approach to violence. Although there are plenty of shootouts and action scenes, the film is much more interested in exploring the characters and their motivations than it is in glorifying violence. Each act of violence has consequences, and the film makes no attempt to sugarcoat any of it. This approach gives the movie a sense of grittiness and realism that sets it apart from other, more fantastical Westerns of the time.

The film's character development is another strong point. From Cisco himself, to the lawmen and even the minor characters, each is given a sense of depth and backstory that makes the audience care about what happens to them. The film is also notable for its feminist themes - Carmela is a strong and independent woman in a time when such characters were rare in the genre.

Of course, no review of El Cisco would be complete without mentioning the music. The score, composed by Roberto Pregadio, is a standout, featuring memorable themes and a sense of epic grandeur that helps elevate the film above its low-budget roots.

Overall, El Cisco is a film that deserves to be better known outside of Spaghetti Western circles. It has everything you could want in a Western - action, drama, romance, and a memorable soundtrack - but it also has a sense of intelligence and depth that sets it apart from other films of the era. It's a classic of the genre and a must-watch for any fans of Westerns or action movies in general.

El Cisco is a 1970 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

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    1 hr 32 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (77)