The Return of Ringo (1965)

This film was Italy’s third highest grossing film in 1965 behind For a Few Dollars More and the original film, A Pistol for Ringo. Here, Captain Montgomery “Ringo” Brown (Giuliano Gemma) comes back to his homestead to find his family decimated, his property stolen by Mexican bandits and his fiancee about to marry Paco Fuentes, the villain behind all this.

If you’re like, hey, is this an Italian Western version of The Odyssey, you’re right.

While Nieves Navarro doesn’t reprise her role from the first Ringo film, she does play the tarot card-reading saloon girl Rosita. Antonio Casas also comes back in a different role as a sheriff who has been dominated by the gang and hey — Lorella DeLuca is also in both movies.

Actually, this movie is totally different from the original to the point that the more cynical of us could just believe that they threw the Ringo title on it after the original was such a success.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch it. It’s definitely a worthy Western packed with rich drama and plenty of satisfying violence.  When asked to pick his top twenty Italian Westerns, Quentin Tarantino selected this as number ten.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

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