Return of Sabata (1971)

Back for the third film, Lee Van Cleef is Sabata again in a movie known in Italy as È Tornato Sabata … Haichiusoun’altra Volta (Sabata is Back … You’re Finished Again). Now, our hero is working for a traveling carnival as a trickshot. However, when he runs into an old war acquaintance who owes him $5,000, well…people get shot.

Sabata ends up fighting an entire town that puts a tax on everything he loves — gambling, drinking and prostitution. Ignazio Spalla plays another friend, this time named Bronco, and Aldo Canti plays an acrobat who aids our black-wearing protagonist.

As his theme song says, “If you wanna get money and if you wanna get rich and if you wanna get life, you gotta be a son of a…” And so Sabata is. That same song also refers to him as a nine-fingered man. That’s actually true, as Van Cleef lost a large portion of his middle finger while building a playhouse for his daughter.

Director Gianfranco Parolini would go on to make God’s Gun and Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century, a movie that I definitely need to get to.

This movie ended up in The Fifty Worst Films Of All Time by Harry Medved with Randy Dreyfuss. Over the years, I’ve come to love so many of the movies in this book, including Airport 75The AmbushersGodzilla vs. HedorahThe Last MovieRobot MonsterThe OmenThe Story of Mankind and Valley of the Dolls.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime.

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