Buon funerale, amigos!... paga Sartana (1970)

a.k.a. - Have a Good Funeral, My Friend... Sartana Will Pay (USA)

Giuliano Carnimeo directs Gianni Garko in an enjoyable if unoriginal Spaghetti Western. German R2 X-rated Kult DVD

The Film

Near the town of Indian Creek, Benson a gold prospector is killed by hired assasins - Sartana (Gianni Garko) is on the scene and dispatches the killers but is not able to find out who hired them. Benson's daughter Abigail arrives in the town to take ownership of the land and is quickly offered money for this apparently worthless stretch of sand from both Ronald Hoffman and Chinese gambling house owner Lee Tse Tung. Sartana decides to find out what these two have in mind...

For the fourth entry in the Sartana series, genre regular writers Roberto Gianviti and Giovanni Simonelli seem to know what they are doing and give the film a good number of 'Sartana' moments with the hero always one-step ahead allowing clever gunplay and a few gadgets (although the best gadget in this one actually belongs to the villain) with a lot of dark humour. The story itself is not the most original, a pretty typical Spaghetti Western series of events with a mysterious gunslinger arriving in town, investigating a killing, fighting off a few waves of hired killers and eventually solving the mystery. The pacing is rather on the slow side and the ending in particular could use a little trimming, but it is never dull.

Behind the camera we find Giuliano Carnimeo (credited as usual as Anthony Ascot) who does a solid job, with a few fancy camera tricks thrown in, in keeping with the direction of the other Sartana films. An effective if not too inspired Bruno Nicolai soundtrack provides a good backing.

Garko reprises the lead role after being replaced in the role by George Hilton in C'è Sartana... vendi la pistola e comprati la bara (1970) and as usual gives a very fine performance, perfectly suiting the dry wit required for the part. A fine selection of familiar faces fill the rest of the parts, including the instantly recognisable Franco Ressel (Sabata (1969)) as a blackjack dealer and the beautiful duo of Helga Liné (Nightmare Castle (1965)) and Daniela Giordano (Four Times that Night (1972)).

A third sequel to the 1968 original, Buon funerale, amigos!... paga Sartana shows the formula starting to slow down a little, with a rather generic storyline and soundtrack - but there is more than enough dark humour to entertain fans and Garko is on typically strong form. Certainly of interest to genre fans.

In Brief
Anyone famous in it? Gianni Garko - a Spaghetti Western regular who also starred in 10.000 Dollari per un Massacro (1967)
Directed by anyone interesting? Giuliano Carnimeo (as Anthony Ascot) - a hard working Italian exploitation director, best known for the light hearted giallo Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (1972)
Any gore or violence ? Plenty of typical Western violence, nothing particularly vivid.
Any sex or nudity? None
Who is it for? Fans of the Sartana series and Spaghetti Westerns will enjoy this.

Visuals Original Aspect Ratio - 2.35:1. Not anamorphically Enhanced. Colour.
Picture quality is generally strong with good colours - light speckling and medium grain.
Audio English mono - sounds good
German mono - sounds okay although there is some background hiss and crackling throughout.
Subtitles Forced Subtitle Track - German subtitles are forced when English audio is selected. These are confired to the bottom matte and on some televisions can be completely cut-off when zooming in to 16x9.
Extras This disc includes:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • German language opening credits
  • Bonus trailers for 'Vengeance', 'My Name Is Shanghai Joe' and 'Django Kill'
Region Region 2 (UK, Europe) - PAL
Availability This disc is available on its own in an amaray case or a hardbox (a large non-standard case). It is also available in the Italo Western Collection which includes 'Django Kill', 'The Greatest Robbery in the West' and 'My Name Is Shanghai Joe'.
Other regions? Also available from Suevia Films in Spain, with Spanish and Italian audio.
Cuts? Believed to be fully uncut. The print is Italian language, but the film's title card is a rather crudely added German text.



All text in this review written by Timothy Young - 19th July 2009.
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