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  • 1970
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 5.5  (229)

Set in the late 19th century in a small town in New Mexico, Sabata is a classic spaghetti Western that follows the exploits of an enigmatic gunslinger named Sabata (played by Anthony Steffen) who is hired by a group of bandits to steal a shipment of gold from the local bank. Along the way, he crosses paths with other outlaws, a corrupt sheriff, and a feisty widow who has her own agenda.

The film opens with a scene of Sabata, dressed in black with a distinctive red scarf around his neck, taking out a group of gunmen who are trying to rob a stagecoach. It's clear from the beginning that Sabata is a skilled marksman and has a reputation as a hired gun. He is soon approached by a trio of bandits who want him to help them pull off a heist. Sabata agrees, but only if he gets a larger cut of the spoils.

As the plan to rob the bank is set into motion, Sabata and the bandits encounter a range of obstacles, including the widow (played by Linda Veras) who is determined to avenge her husband's death at the hands of the same bandits. The film then devolves into a series of action-packed shootouts and chases as Sabata tries to stay one step ahead of his enemies.

One of the standout elements of Sabata is the character of Sabata himself. Unlike many Western heroes who are stoic and unemotional, Sabata is more of a roguish figure with a sense of humor. He's also something of a mystery, as his motives and backstory are not fully explored. Anthony Steffen brings a coolness and charisma to the role that makes Sabata a compelling protagonist.

Sabata is also notable for its memorable supporting cast. Peter Lee Lawrence plays the dapper but deadly banjo player who helps Sabata in his mission, while Eduardo Fajardo is excellent as the ruthless bandit leader. Linda Veras brings a feistiness and strong-willed presence to the role of the widow, who is more than a match for the male characters in the film.

The film's director, Gianfranco Parolini, was known for his stylish approach to the spaghetti Western genre, and Sabata is no exception. The film's cinematography is striking, with bold colors and compositions that create a distinctive visual style. The action scenes are expertly staged, with plenty of gunplay and horseback riding stunts that will please genre fans.

Sabata was a success upon its release in 1970, and spawned two sequels (Adiós Sabata and Return of Sabata) that were not as well-received. The film remains a cult classic among spaghetti Western aficionados, and is worth watching for its memorable characters, stylish direction, and thrilling action sequences. Whether you're a fan of classic Westerns or just looking for an entertaining action flick, Sabata delivers the goods.

Sabata is a 1970 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.

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    1 hr 51 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.5  (229)