Lee Van Cleef stars in this lively 1969 spaghetti western as the title character, a black-clad crusader for justice, loosely defined. He arrives in a frontier town in time to foil a bank robbery staged by corrupt civic leaders to mask a land grab they’re plotting, and proves not to be above a little blackmail. The tongue-in-cheek screenplay assigns characters names like Alleycat, Tequila, and Banjo, the last a wandering minstrel (William Berger in a Prince Valiant haircut) whose instrument conceals a rifle. Shot in Technicolor and Techniscope with a camera that’s rarely static, the movie straddles epic and camp, aided by Marcello Giombini’s inventive and eclectic score. Directed by Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer).
PG-13 • 1 hour 46 min