Directed by Sergio Sollima • 1966 • Italy, Spain
Starring Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes
Texas lawman Jonathan Corbett (the inimitable Lee Van Cleef), also known as “Mr. Ugly,” takes on the job of tracking down Cuchillo (Tomas Milian), a Mexican outlaw accused of raping and murdering a young girl. A twisty manhunt—in which Cuchillo’s ingenuity and dexterity help him escape each and every trap laid for him—takes an unexpected turn, however, when Corbett comes to realize that the man he is tracking may be innocent. The subversive commentary on justice, striking widescreen landscapes, and sublime Ennio Morricone score make for one of the finest and most overlooked spaghetti westerns of its era.