Bury Them Deep (1968)
Bagging Billy the Gun
After Billy the Gun (Giovanni Cianfriglia) and his gang hold up a stagecoach carrying army gold, gunning down soldiers in the process it leads the military to dispatch Captain Norton (Craig Hill) to hunt Billy the Gun down. In order to do so Norton heads to jail to arrange the escape of El Chaleco (Ettore Manni) a man who has a grudge against Billy and knows his habits better than anyone as he is his brother. This odd couple must work together in order to capture Billy, not easy when they get into various scrapes whilst El Chaleco is constantly looking for a way to escape.
As I watched the spaghetti western "Bury Them Deep", also known as "All'ultimo sangue" I couldn't help but think on the Lonestar westerns of the 1930s. Now there is a lot of difference between this spaghetti western and one of the old Lonestar westerns but they both have the feel of being quickly made, using stock story ideas and stock footage. It is something not uncommon amongst the spaghetti westerns of the late 1960s and early 1970s and why they often feel both familiar and a little tacky which is the case of "Bury Them Deep". There just isn't a flow to it as it chops and changes all the time which also leads to a constantly shifting tone which goes from imposing to comedy in a blink of an eye.
But whilst "Bury Them Deep" won't blow you away with memorable performances, characters, storyline or action it will entertain as it ticks several boxes. There is the obligatory catchy, theme tune which crops up every few minutes and there is this amusing odd couple set up with some semi decent banter between the lawman and the criminal as they hit the road together. Plus there is plenty of action and like the theme music you are only ever a few minutes away from some action, although as I said none of it is memorable just fun in the moment.
What this all boils down to is that if you enjoy Spaghetti westerns then "Bury Them Deep" will be entertaining but there is nothing special about it and suffers from that manufactured feeling with footage and ideas lifted from other movies.
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