The Five Man Army (1969)
aka Un esercito di 5 uomini
Genre: Action | Adventure | Western
Country: Italy | Director: Don Taylor & Italo Zingarelli
Screenplay: Dario Argento
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 105mn
HDTVrip H264 Mkv – 1276×720 – 25fps – 2.79gb
Set during the Mexican Revolution, a man known only as “The Dutchman” has a plan, and brings in four of his old acquaintences, including an old army buddy and a silent Japanese swordsman, to help him out by promising a $1000 reward if it succeeds. The plan turns out to be a fool’s mission: rob a train carrying $500,000 in gold that’s guarded by dozens of heavily armed soldiers and passes through a steady stream of military checkpoints. Naturally, his friends agree to go along with the scheme.
Totally underrated and massive fun – this is the result of a group of nine year olds thinking up a spaghetti Western – hey, let’s have a Samurai, and that guy from Mission Impossible, oooh and an impossibly big and strong one, and an acrobat, and an explosives expert, but let’s keep it to only 5 that’s even better than Magnificent Seven…
And so it goes….
It really is one of the best blokes’ films of all time, just the right mix of adventure and fun, and all wrapped around an ingenious plot to rob a gold train.
With a good score, that’ll remind you of every Western you’ve every heard, a couple of good chases, a jail break, and even mean and nasty Army types it really is a lot of fun…
Highly recommended as one of the classic pizza and beer movies, it is a real shame that it hasn’t been seen more often… deserves to be a classic.