Straight To Hell Returns

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  • R
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 5.6  (2,756)

Straight To Hell Returns is a 1987 cult classic spaghetti western directed by Alex Cox. This film has a star-studded cast, featuring music legends like Joe Strummer and Courtney Love, as well as actors such as Sy Richardson, Dick Rude, and Dennis Hopper. The movie was an homage to the classic westerns of the '60s and '70s with elements of punk rock and a hint of postmodernism.

The plot of Straight To Hell Returns is a classic tale of revenge with a twist. A group of bank robbers, led by Willy (Sy Richardson), find themselves stranded in the desert. They stumble upon a small town run by a group of sadistic coffee addicts who kill anyone who crosses them. The town's leader, McMahon (Joe Strummer) has a personal vendetta against Willy, having been humiliated by him in the past. Things get even more complicated for the robbers when Willy's wife (Courtney Love) arrives in town, looking for her husband. What follows is a series of bloody shootouts, double-crosses, and betrayals, culminating in a violent showdown that will leave hearts racing.

The music in Straight To Hell Returns is a standout feature of the film. Joe Strummer, who also composed the soundtrack, provides the perfect blend of punk rock and western influences. The music sets the tone for the film, adding a sense of rebellion and danger that is unmistakably punk rock. His collaboration with the Pogues creates a manic combination of western stirrups and a record's xylophone.

The cinematography in Straight To Hell Returns is also top-notch, with the film being shot entirely on location in Spain. The dusty sun-bleached landscape provides a perfect backdrop for the gritty western scenes, while the town's colorful interiors add a touch of surrealism. The film's stylish visuals perfectly capture the spirit of the classic westerns, with a modern twist.

The performances in Straight To Hell Returns are universally excellent, with each actor bringing their own unique style to their roles. Sy Richardson is particularly memorable as Willy, a tough-as-nails bank robber with a soft spot for his wife. Joe Strummer also shines as the ruthless McMahon, portraying him as a villain with a twisted sense of humor. The chemistry between the two actors adds an extra layer of tension to their scenes together. Courtney Love, who plays Willy's wife, is also impressive in her role, showing a range of emotions from sadness to aggression.

Despite its tendency to divide audiences, Straight To Hell Returns has become a cult classic in its own right. The film's blend of punk rock, westerns, and postmodernism has garnered it a sizable following, making it a fascinating study in film nostalgia coupled with a modern punk rock twist. The movie was a clear homage to legendary director Sergio Leone, whose western films left an indelible mark in the history of cinema, especially his film 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. Through Cox's direction, the movie thrived in its clever storylines, visually stunning shots, and memorable characters, making it a worthy addition to the western genre, but with a distinct punk rock spirit.

In conclusion, Straight To Hell Returns is a wild, violent, and darkly humorous ride that pays homage to the classic spaghetti westerns of the past, but with its own unique spin. The film is a must-see for fans of punk rock and western movies. Its star-studded cast and excellent soundtrack make Straight To Hell Returns an unforgettable cinematic experience. This movie is a true example of a cult classic, revered by many and challenging cinematic tropes, a film that is a true testament to Alex Cox's command over the art of filmmaking.

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    5.6  (2,756)