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This exciting film packs action , explosions , adventures and laughs with a sensational star : Yul Brynner
ma-cortes10 January 2007
The film talks about Sabata or Indio Black (Yul Brynner) , a gunfighter dressed in dark buckskin with fringes . He along with a motley group of revolutionary bandits have purports to steal a wagon loaded of gold from a devious Austrian Colonel called Skimmel (Gerard Herter) serving to Emperor Maximiliano during the Mexican Civil War against Benito Juarez . The misfit group is formed by different characters each one with particular ability , as the deaf-mute (Sal Borgese) is an expert thrower of balls , the dancer Gitano or Gypsy (Joseph Persaud) who does a Flamenco dance of death ; besides a fat , ironic Mexican (Pedro Sanchez or Ignacio Spalla acting in similar roles to Spaghetti idol Fernando Sancho) and a cocky , ruddy young man (the singer Dean Reed , early deceased) .

The picture contains Western action , gun-play , comedy , tongue-in-cheek and a little bit of violence . The film gets the comic remarks from Western parody united the features of typical Spaghetti as violent confrontation , ambitious antiheroes , bloody and spectacular showdown with several deaths , quick zooms and extreme baddies . This was not originally a Sabata film , the original Italian title translates as "Indio Black, you know what? You're a big son of a..." . Indio Black being the character played by Yul Brynner , but the title and Brynner's character name were changed for the American release to cash in on Sabata (1969) , the original film . Yul Brynner as a tough gunfighter with technical weaponry (like a Western James Bond) is enjoyable , similarly the previous Sabata : Lee Van Cleef , who was playing the role as 'Chris' in the following to first entry ¨The Seven magnificent¨ whose starring was the famous bald . At the same time Brynner filmed ¨Catlow¨ by Sam Wanamaker also in a lookalike role and similar plot , but it also narrates the robbing a Mexican gold shipment . Gerard Herter as a nasty and cruel Austrian officer with monocle named Colonel Skimmel is magnificent , but he repeats the role who starred in ¨The big gundown¨ (by Sergio Sollima with Lee Van Cleef) also with Nieves Navarro , here playing a very secondary role as a gorgeous saloon dancer . Bruno Nicolai musical score is lively and atmospheric , he's an usual collaborator to Ennio Morricone . The picture was well produced by Albert Grimaldi (¨Trilogy of dollars¨ producer) . The film was professionally directed by Frank Kramer (pseudonym of Gianfranco Parolini) who made the original and best ¨Sabata¨, continuing with ¨The return of Sabata¨ ; besides directing another Spaghetti hero : ¨Sartana¨ with Gianni Garco and Klaus Kinski, and his last Western again with Lee Van Cleef : ¨Diamante Lobo¨ . The flick will appeal to Yul Brynner fans and Spaghetti Western enthusiasts.
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In name only sequel to the first Sabata film is a very good western worth your time and popcorn
dbborroughs15 July 2006
Sort of sequel to the earlier Sabata with Lee Van Cleef, this was filmed as Indio Black and is known as that in several countries. The title was changed when the distributor paid for the right to use the name Sabata from the original films producer. The result is Sabata becomes a dead ringer for Chris, Yul Brynner's character from the Magnificent Seven films (a character Van Cleef was playing in a movie shot at the same time as this).

Aren't the back stage maneuvering of Spaghetti Westerns fun? Some times the stories are more fun than the movies.Fortunately this movie is more fun than the story.

The plot has Sabata (Yul Brenner) helping Mexican revolutionaries attempting to over throw the Emperor Maximilian. Sabata is to steal some gold and then use it to buy guns to attack an evil General. However things don't go as planned and when they go to steal the gold someone else is already there. Add to the whole mix spies, greed and some odd left turns and you get one entertaining, but not very coherent movie.

Don't get me wrong I like this movie a great deal, I just wish it made some sense. Characters appear out of left field when it suits the plot, people don't do anything logical (I mean if you just stole a wagon full of gold you'd make sure that the gold was really there wouldn't you?), after a certain point its never clear if they are keeping the gold or giving it to the revolution. Its enough to drive you crazy if you let it. I didn't since a good many of the spaghetti westerns I've seen make even less sense then this one.

If you like Westerns this is one to see. Its perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. I'm still not sure if I think of Brenner's character as Sabata, but it doesn't matter since no matter what he's called he's a kick ass hero with a smart ass mouth. What more could you want?
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Yul Brynner in black buckskin
westerner35729 January 2004
Ok so it was supposed to be called INDIO BLACK as well as it should have been.

After all, Yul Brynner played the character far differently than Lee Van Cleef did and this film really shouldn't be associated with the other two Sabata films. It's a different character look altogether with the Brynner version dressed in black buckskin and silver buckles while the Van Cleef version of Sabata settled more for the conservative Bret Maverick gambler look.

Also notably stars failed American singer Dean Reed who would later die under mysterious circumstances in East Germany during the 1980s.

The Bruno Nicolai score is excellent although derivative of other scores for the genre. If you like soundtracks for these types of films, then it's well worth picking up. I know I'll be on the lookout for it.

Lots of explosions and gunfire in this one as Brynner & Co. battle the Austrians under Maximillian (in Mexico circa 1867) and steal their gold. There's nothing boring about it and it's face-paced with a few tricks such as the model of the ship in Colonel Skimmel's study that shoots real live ammo everytime someone opens the drawer below it. I also like Brynner's sawed-off rifle with the clip that loads from the side. He keeps a cigar in the last chamber and lights it up after every gun battle. Very tongue-in-cheek.

I liked it. Too bad the widescreen version was cropped for television.

6 out of 10
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One of the Top Ten Spaghetti Western Classics!!!
zardoz-131 June 2010
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Gianfranco Parolini's "Adios, Sabata" ranks as one of the top 10 Spaghetti westerns of all time. Its' scenic photography, clever dialogue, marvelously choreographed gunfights, fantastic music, and harsh rugged scenery make this outlandish Yul Brynner horse opera worth watching. No, it has nothing to do with the Lee Van Cleef movies oaters "Sabata" (1969) and "Return of Sabata" (1971). The original title for this exhilarating Yul Brynner shoot'em up was "Indio Black." Like most successful Spaghetti westerns, it adopted the name of a profitable screen hero. Scores of westerns were named after "Django," "Sartana," and "Trinity." Indeed, where Lee Van Cleef's Sabata is elegant and well-dressed, Indio adopts the garb of a cavalry scout. He wears a fringed buckskin outfit. Unlike Sabata, who relied primarily on a derringer, Indio wields a sawed-off, lever-action, repeating carbine with a sideways ammunition magazine. He reserves the last chamber in the magazine to a cheroot. After he kills them, he likes to enjoy his tobacco. Black brandishes a derringer, too, but rarely uses it to kill. In fact, "Indio Black" was the only Spaghetti western that Brynner made, but it qualifies as a superior sagebrusher with provocative characters, a larger-than-life plot with loads of narrative foreshadowing, and one of composer Bruno Nicolai's liveliest orchestral scores. Parolini lacks the baroque visual artistry of Sergio Leone. However, he knew how to tell a good story and he could arrange interesting set-pieces. Parolini co-authored the screenplay with Renato Izzo who had penned "Kill and Pray" and "A Man Called Amen."

Yul Brynner plays a sympathetic, sharp-shooting, American soldier-of-fortune in black. He supports the Mexican revolutionaries in their cause to expel the Austrians from their country during the post American Civil War period. Hollywood hasn't made that many westerns about Emperor Maximilian's rule in Mexico. The best of the bunch is Robert Aldrich's "Vera Cruz," rivaled only by Don Siegel's "Two Mules for Sister Sara." As the villain, Austrian Colonel Skimmel dresses as elegantly as he shoots straight, and he behaves like an egotist. Indeed, he has commissioned a portrait of himself, apparently for himself, since he has nobody living with him. Skimmel has no qualms about killing and makes an excellent villain. He detests informers, uses their information, and then kills them. Half-way between Sabata and Skimmel is Ballantine. This soldier-of-fortune (Dean Reed of "God Made Them... I Kill Them") is an opportunists who throws his lot in with Sabata. Actually, he has no qualms about getting whatever there is for himself and nobody else. ("Three Crosses of Death" lenser Sandro Mancori captures the arid Spanish landscape in all its eternal grandeur and the vistas are beautiful. Mancori and Parolini hail from the school of film-making that relied heavily on zoom shots. "Indio Black" has more than its share of zoom-out shots and zoom-in shots. "Indio Black" is a hugely entertaining, late 1860s epic that boasts the usual ritualistic duels and gunfights, intrigue, situations, and surprises.

The action opens at a Catholic mission in the wilderness as the priest Father Mike addresses a young Mexican village boy, Juanito (Luciano Casamonica of "Tepepa") laments the descent of mankind into savagery. "There is too much violence in the world." Juanito reminds him that the Murdock brothers who stole everything from them and they deserve punishment. Ever gentle Father Mike replies, "You must try to forgive. Not sink into revenge." Colonel Skimmel, a manacled, bewhiskered, autocrat in a crisp uniform. He likes to demonstrate his marksmanship with a rifle. Skimmel's favorite practice is to turn loose prisoners below on the drill grounds and let them see if they can outrun him without being shot down. Colonel Skimmel never misses. Meanwhile, in Texas, the Murdock brothers show up at the County Hunter Agency and shoot it out with Sabata. Mind you, they don't stand a chance against Sabata. Sabata wipes them out without getting a scratch. Parolini does an excellent job orchestrating this opening shoot-out. The three Murdocks ride into the station. One drives a wagon with a coffin on it. "We're all set for you to go out in style," the oldest Murdock brother boasts." A weather vane whirls around in front of the station, and the duelists warm up with each. Before they open fire on each other, Sabata and old man Murdock provide a sample of their deadly marksmanship. They start the vane spinning with their bullets, and they are told that once the vane comes to a stop, they can blast away at each other. Even after Sabata has killed them, he fires more shots at them. A Murdock hanging on a corral fence falls when Sabata's bullets smash into the railing. Sabata shoots the coffin lid so it falls shut on another dead Murdock.

After the gunfight, Señor Ocaño (Franco Fantasia of "The Lion of St. Mark") approaches Sabata about helping them. Sabata agrees to help them and gives the money to Juanito to take back to Father Mike. Basically, our hero has agreed to find out when the gold leaves the fort at Guadalupe. He is also supposed to tell the revolutionaries which road the gold travels and he will make arrangements with the men who will sell the revolution firearms. Ocaño informs his ally, Escudo (Pedro Sanchez of "Any Gun Can Play"), about Sabata, but Escudo hates that the revolution must depend on a foreign soldier-of-fortune. Colonel Skimmel has cooked up some schemes about smuggling a horde of gold out of the fort at Guadalupe.

Writer & director Parolini does an excellent job of setting up and paying off several situations. The opening gunfight is exemplary. Colonel Skimmel's model of a sailing vessel perched atop a dresser is wired to the highest drawer so that when an unsuspecting fool opens the drawer, the movement trips the small canon sticking out of the side of the ship. If you love Spaghetti westerns, you owe it to yourself to watch "Adios, Sabata."
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"great" spaghetti
rmahaney419 January 2002
The manic westerns of Gianfranco Parolini are like surreal comic books with outrageous editing and angles, bizarre weaponry, confusing language, episodic plots where every scene has a punchline, and ridiculous costumes. His films have a sense of tongue in cheek fun that comes through clearly thirty years later. It appears that the circus was his model, unpretentious entertainment pure and simple. There is absolutely no serious intention in his movies. That is why he remains the guilty pleasure of a number of fans of spaghetti westerns and eurotrash films in general. Along with Sabata (1970), Adios, Sabata is one of his "best".

The score by Bruno Nicolai is excellent, though reminiscent of Morricone's scores for the first 2 Leone movies.

The movie was originally intended be about a character called Indio Black, but with the success of Sabata the names were changed.

The five best things about this film: 1)Yul Brynner's black outfit with leather trim, an open vest, and bell bottoms 2)Lines like (spoken by Brynner), "Now let's get moving. Every Austrian in the territory will be looking for us." 3)The devious Colonel Skimmel 4)Every Austrian wears a black suit, tie, and bowler hat, making them somewhat conspicuous 5)The cast of revolutionary characters each with a unique ability or weapon

Top spaghetti western list

Average SWs

For fanatics only (bottom of the barrel)
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Entertaining Brynner-starring spaghetti western, although it's not a Sabata film
Leofwine_draca1 February 2017
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I saw this Yul Brynner-starring spaghetti western under the title ADIOS SABATA, even though it has nothing to do with the two Lee Van Cleef-starring SABATA films. It's not as good as the first Van Cleef film but better than the second. The coolest thing about this movie is seeing Yul Brynner in a wicked '70s set up complete with black costume, open shirt, and the like. Brynner's name is Indio Black in the original, Sabata in the version attempting to tie it in to the Van Cleef series.

Once again the plot centres around a gold shipment and efforts by rival parties to get their hands on it. Brynner sort of moves in and out of the story and takes care of a bunch of soldiers and henchmen along the way. The Mexican revolutionaries are posited as the 'good' characters in this film; perhaps the Italians identified with them better given that this was shot in Spain. Care is taken to make the main bad guy an Austrian rather than American. The film is well shot and written, and proves an entertaining example of the spaghetti western genre.
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24 carot spaghetti western and Brynner's only.
johnwaynefreak4 February 2003
Firstly, this is *not* a sequel to 1970's "Sabata" ("Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso!") although it can be considered a follow up of sorts. Lee Van Cleef did not reprise the role until 1971's "Return of Sabata". "Adiós Sabata" was originally about a character called Indio Black and completely unrelated to the previous Sabata story - Indio, I believe, was meant to be nothing more than a bandit. The name was changed to cash in on the success of "Sabata" - though this film could be considered a true Sabata entry as a couple of stars return (Pedro Sanchez, Gianni Rizzo) and the screenwriters and director are the same. Gianfranco Parolini (Frank Kramer) perhaps out does the previous film here, keeping everything tighter - "Sabata" was a little too jokey (although still excellent and one of the truly great Italian westerns) whereas this is blatantly tongue in cheek. I feel the music is better in this film, never intrusive and always fitting: a triumph for Bruno Nicolai, despite the fact that it is incredibly reminiscent of Morricone.

As Sabata, Brynner is a kind of anti-hero counterpart to Chris from "The Magnificent Seven"; he even dresses out all in black here too. Gérard Herter is great as the Austrian Colonel Skimmel at the time of Emperor Maximillian's Mexico - a kind of borderline camp, Bond villain type, complete with monacle and perfectly trimmed moustache. Oh, and yes, he is a dead shot with a rifle. In "Sabata", Franco Ressel's Stengel had his shootout's behind man shaped shields (to live at the peak of danger or some such nonsense) as his playtoy; Herter's Skimmel has an even better one - a drawer beneath a model ship that when opened fires each cannon on the model directly into whoever opens the drawer. Like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (which this film contains some surprisingly subtle references to) the plot centres around a shipment of gold: Sabata, Escudo (Sanchez) and Ballantine (Dean Reed) want the wagon load of gold, but it is also coveted by Maximillian's rebels. The scenes with the gold and the gold dust being poured out/spilled is nicely complimented by Nicolai's incidental music which really does bring out the joy of the characters.

I personally think it's a shame that Brynner and the others weren't brought back for another Sabata film because he plays the role much straighter than Van Cleef did and really does come across as a tough guy here, who doesn't need to rely on his gun. "Adiós Sabata" is a classic in it's own right and doesn't need to be viewed with the other Sabata entries. It's only downside is that after surpassing the superb original, it left most people disappointed with the later "Return of Sabata".

Are these subtle hints to Leone's 1966 masterpiece? Sanchez: "Me, I'd make a hiding place no-one would find - stick it in the ground, maybe in a cemetery..." Reed (the last line): "Hey fellas - are you gonna help me pick up the gold or not, you sons of...!" (music takes over)
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I'll be back.
lastliberal12 April 2009
Long before the Terminator, Sabata (this time Yul Brynner in his only spaghetti western) uttered the infamous words, "I'll be back." This is the second of Gianfranco Parolini's Sabata trilogy, but it is not a sequel, as the characters and story are different. Like the first, it is also written by Renato Izzo, who went on to write the video nasty Night Train Murders after finishing the trilogy.

Brynner had the cool look that probably got him the Westworld gig a few years later.

Ignazio Spalla is back from the fist film, but with a different name (Escudo). Maybe he changed it to hide.

Sabata joins Escudo and revolutionaries trying to overthrow Austrian Archduke Maximillion, who ruled over Mexico as an imperial dictator; of course, Sabata was only after gold. Others were as well, so it was not a walk in the park.

It is fortunate that the Archduke had plenty of soldiers to sacrifice to the cause.

Well, Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla, and Aldo Canti will be back in the final Sabata film.
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OK but should have been better
spider891196 December 2005
This is not the same "Sabata" character as in the Lee Van Cleef movies. This character was actually supposed to be named "Indio Black" but they changed his name for the English version. Why they thought that a western with a big star like Yul Brynner wouldn't be popular enough on it's own, and tried to cash in on the Sabata name is beyond me, but studios and distributors did a lot of stupid things to film titles back then, especially with the international releases, so it's par for the course.

Yul Brynner is interesting as the protagonist in this film. Too bad he didn't appear in any other spaghetti westerns. He's no Lee Van Cleef, but he does have a style of his own. His accent makes him sound like Arnold Schwartzeneggar in some parts. Gerard Herter is great as the wicked, Nazi-like Austrian Colonel. I wasn't very impressed with any of the other actors in the movie. Dean Reed was especially awful, and his character, "Ballantyne" was very irritating. I kept hoping he would get killed throughout the whole movie, but that damned Indio Black kept saving him.

The music score is OK, but not as good as most of Bruno Nicolai's other work, and there are very long stretches of the film with no music at all where it probably could use some.

The movie drags a little from the middle to the end. There's lots of action, but it just doesn't have the pizazz or suspense of the really great spaghetti westerns. It would probably be better if it was shorter. Some movies, like Sergio Leone's westerns for example, are able to go on for 2 or 3 hours and not have a dull moment, but this movie isn't one of them. It could have been 15 or 20 minutes shorter.

Overall, the production quality is good, and the story is OK, though it's nothing original. This one is worth watching, but probably for spaghetti western fans only.
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The Magnificent Seven-in-One: Sabato!
Coventry19 February 2007
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Although originally not intended as a sequel to the Sabato-films, the theme song tries real hard to help us memorizing the protagonist's name. It's a cool song, nevertheless, but the singer repeats the name "Sabato" at least 30 times in only 3 minutes, and there aren't much other lyrics... Anyways, "Adios Sabato" is a pretty awesome spaghetti-western with many great plot lines, entire truckloads of exciting action sequences and an unusually high amount of truly ingenious gimmicks. One western legend replaces the other, as no one less than Yul Brynner takes over the titular role from Lee Van Cleef, who sadly couldn't make it back to Italy in time to reprise his role. The opening scenes show Sabato dueling fellow gunslingers for money, but he soon joins a group of Mexican rebels in their everlasting quest against sadistic Austrian army troops. When Sabato and his outrageously eccentric Mexican friends steal a chest full of gold, they have to gunfight their way back to freedom. There's not a minute going by without director Gianfranco Paroline adding some kind of exhilarating twist or impressively staged action-stunt. Whenever they're not hunting for gold, the heroes as well as the super-mean villains pass their time playing violent shooting games, whether it's recruiting the most courageous new warrior or simply aiming at poor Mexican prisoners for the sake of amusement. Yul Brynner's character is in many ways reminiscent to Chris Adams; the heroic cowboy leader of "The Magnificent Seven". Sabato (or Indio Black, if you insist) is a silent but extremely authoritative figure, and it's actually his Mexican companions who are the more enthusiast fighters. One of them creatively kills his opponents by foot-kicking metal bullet-like projectiles at them and another one, Gitano, always offers his victims a nifty flamenco-dance before wasting them. Colonel Skimmel, the Austrian über-villain has an inventive collection murderous toys as well, most notably a miniature model ship of which the little canons fire off actual bullets whenever an unwelcome intruder opens the wrong drawer. Like I said, "Adios Sabato" is stuffed with remarkably cool gimmicks that all help making the film delightfully comical and almost cartoonish even. As always, Bruno Nicolai provides a wondrous musical score with catchy tunes and whistles. Nicolai was a brilliant Italian composer, on par with Riz Ortolani and actually not too far behind on Ennio Morricone. Imaginative camera-work and splendid editing also contribute in making "Adios Sabato" another absolute winner in the terrific genre of spaghetti-westerns.
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The greatest spaghetti western of them all
TankGuy21 October 2011
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Adios sabata is basically an all guns blazing action movie. It is extremely high on action and the bodycout rockets. Among the action are lots of shootouts, fistfights, explosions, an ambush and an epic scale battle sequence.

Yul Byrnner plays sabata this time round, but he's just as good as Lee Van Cleef. One of the best things about this movie is sabatas rifle which fires off several bullets and even houses one cigar.

Adios sabata is just as cheesy as the first sabata movie, if not cheesier. The fight scenes, shootouts and deaths are spectacularly staged in spaghetti western B movie fashion.

The battle between sabatas motley army and the austrian forces is one of the highlights of the film. It makes ear blasting use of cannons, rifles, dynamite and Gattling guns which is how a movie battle scene should be.

The characters are very likable and are very well played. The theme tune is excellent. The best sabata movie and the best spaghetti western.

This is a must see for anybody. A masterpiece
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Yul Is Cool. The Movie's Mediocre.
FightingWesterner7 May 2010
Yul Brynner and Dean (The Red Elvis) Reed team up with a group of Mexican revolutionaries in order to steal a shipment of gold belonging to the invading Austrian army and use it to buy guns for the resistance. However, the vicious Austrian occupiers have a few tricks up their sleeves and so does Brynner.

Yul's only real spaghetti western, his performance, flamboyant outfit, and neat gun-play elevates this very much typical, though well-made production to a higher level than it otherwise would have been. It's still too bland though.

The score by frequent Ennio Morricone collaborator Bruno Nicolai is pretty good.

From the producers and director of the earlier Sabata, this similarly themed film only became a sequel in the dubbing booth.
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Sabata likes the lying down
Bezenby21 October 2017
The second Sabata film mixes the Mexican Revolution plot with the stolen Gold plot and manages to make it work through an avalanche of stupid characters and the fact that instead of the usual bounty hunters and bandits the bad guys are a bunch of arrogant Austrians up for a killing. One of them even says 'I'll be back!' Yul Bryner plays Sabata this time round, a bounty killer with a good heart and no concept of money. The money he makes from shoot outs goes to the local monastery (they don't approve!), so when he's roped into killing one of the local Austrian senior officers he's all for it, until he realises that this is your usual double crossing gold stealing plot.

All is not lost. Even though this plot is played out like some Western frontier mine, we still get a few quirks to keep our attention, like Sal Borgese's mute bandit character. He doesn't say much, but he has two musket balls that he drops into special pockets in his shoes that he then fires at people's heads. He also has a friend who dances while the head bandit guy prepares to kill someone.

There's also an insanely high body count even for a film like this, where most of Mexico is killed in a barrage of dynamite and bullets, and of course there's the tenuous relationship between Yul and the other good guy that results in gold swapping hands various times which leads to an ending which drags on slightly for those who have witnessed it several times by this point.
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Brynner supplants Van Cleef as The Man With The Gunsight Eyes. Does it work?
billywiggins196712 September 2011
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The director, writer, and producer are all the same, and we have several supporting players returning, but Brynner supplants Van Cleef as The Man With The Gunsight Eyes. Does it work? Well, yes, to a point. ADIOS SABATA is, like the other movies in this series, a densely plotted, somewhat tongue-in-cheek western yarn. In each of the Sabata films, I promise you, you will lose track of who is plotting against whom, and with which ne'er-do-wells on his side. There will also be moments of wry humor, along with acrobatic stunt work. And stuff will blow up, and people will be improbably shot from a long distance away.

All of that happens in ADIOS, but it happens with Brynner at the helm, so the charisma factor is lessened by a notch or two. Where Van Cleef had steel-eyed machismo and a barbed tongue, ol' Yul provides an exotic gypsy-style appeal, all flowing frills and phallic rifle. For real, this Sabata looks like a backup dancer in a Vegas revue, with his all-black outfit and open-shirt styling. As for the sense-of-humor aspect of the character, Brynner's unusual accent tends to give those sardonic Sabata one-liners a bit of a Schwarzenegger feel, but still yet, he's charming, so it works.

Brynner, like LVC, has a great supporting cast to back him up. Returning from the first film (in different roles) are the stolid Gianni Rizzo and the boisterous Pedro Sanchez. American ex-pat Dean Reed is present as a handsome, sleazy sidekick; Gerard Herter portrays a cruel Colonel; and the wonderful Sal Borgese shines as Sabata's mute, music-box-obsessed cohort. All are excellent, with Borgese and Sanchez really notable for fine work.

Gianfranco Parolini/Frank Kramer, who handled the direction of all three Sabata flicks, is equally capable of staging big, booming explosions and a subtle eyebrow tilt; I'd say he's more adept at the latter. He gets a lot from a knowing glance, curious peek, or simple crossing of legs, putting each actor's business to great use in moving the story.

At 1 hour 44 minutes, ADIOS SABATA gets a little long, with its protracted showdown and search for gold. That said, the pic is an ably-produced, entertaining Spaghetti Western, good of its type, and recommended to fans of its star and genre enthusiasts. 7/10.
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The Horizontal Magazine
bkoganbing13 November 2009
In his one and only venture into the pasta western, Yul Brynner finds himself succeeding Lee Van Cleef as the mysterious gunfighter Sabata who gets himself involved in Mexican politics in trying to overthrow the Emperor Maximilian. There hasn't been a film yet where the Juaristas aren't the good guys, even in Juarez where Brian Aherne made a sympathetic if somewhat naive Maximilian. It's such a clear case of imperialism.

But Yul isn't a total good guy and he teams up with three partners to steal a shipment of gold from the occupiers and give it to the Juaristas ostensibly. Actually the four of them are only as good as they have to be. And they've got another along, an American played by the only American actor in Adios Sabata, Dean Reed, who has an agenda all his own who keeps a positively explosive diary.

As most of us know even those who get their history from films, the Emperor Maximilian was an Austrian, but who was put on the newly created Mexican throne by the French and sustained by the French army. But here we have Austrian occupiers including an Austrian commander who also has a private agenda. I'm betting the producers were thinking that German types make so much better villains than the French.

Sabata's distinguishing characteristic was a rife that he had a long holster for and drew like a revolver. This rife had a unique horizontal magazine from where the bullets came. But the last chamber always had a cigar which Yul would light up after a killing well done.

I'm not a fan of spaghetti westerns and don't usually give them good reviews. It's the American genre and should be done by Americans. This one is no exception. But I will say that Yul Brynner's cynical look throughout the film is quite priceless.
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A little better than a real Sabata film, actually.
MartinHafer22 August 2013
This is not really a Sabata film, but often Italian westerns pretended to be sequels just to get unwitting customers to come to see the films*. For example, Franco Nero's "Django" was very successful so practically every Italian film producer brought out a Django film but with a different leading man--and a completely different plot! Here, cashing in on the Sabata craze (small as it was), a non-Sabata film starring Yul Brynner is suddenly a Sabata film thanks to dubbing! In fact, originally, Brynner's character was called 'Indigo Black'. I checked and there were seven Sabata films--only two which are REAL Sabata films with Lee Van Cleef. The rest, like "Adios Sabata" are just rip-offs. So is this a BAD rip-off or a decent and watchable rip-off? Read on to see...

The plot of this film is close to that of a real Sabata film in that although he looks mean and shoots people by the score, this incarnation finds him doing this in order to help the Mexican Civil War of 1867. Now that doesn't mean he won't take a percentage for himself as well! A percentage of what you may ask....GOLD. It seems an evil (but very stylish) Austrian colonel is shipping gold--gold which could be used by the revolutionaries to buy weapons. However, Sabata isn't alone in this quest--he's taking along a fat guy, two VERY strange acrobats and a pretty-boy named Ballentine--who you KNOW is up to no good.

As far as Italian westerns go, this theme is VERY common--though most of the time the hero is helping the anti-Diaz forces of the Mexican Civil War of the 1910s. This one is set much earlier and has to do with getting rid of the imposed leader, Maximillian. Regardless, this one is reasonably entertaining, full of insanely good shots and has a touch of humor. Worth seeing but not a particularly novel film...except when it comes to one of the acrobats. His skill is handling a very large ball bearing kind of like a hacky sack--which he then hurls with his foot at people with deadly accuracy! Ha...worth seeing just to see this guy in action. ball bearing guy

*The same spirit of intellectual dishonesty was also rampant in Asian films after the death of Bruce Lee. Many supposedly new and recently discovered Lee films flooded the market--starring folks such as Bruce Li or consisting of home movies of Lee or outtakes from his films interspersed with a double wearing sunglasses! These films were ALL horrible--whereas a few of the Italian knockoffs were actually watchable. Plus, at least the Italian films had cool music.
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Not a true sequel but a good movie none the less
pkzeewiz6 May 2010
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This time Sabata helps some Mexican revolutionaries steal gold for their people and take down some corrupt officials in the process. He is helped by a con man named Valentine, even though Valentine isn't exactly trying to help anyone but himself.

First of all this wasn't meant to be a sequel to Sabata - it is called Indio Black: you know what you are a son of a ... It had different characters and was actually a lot different, but they ultimately changed a few things and made it a sequel or at least promoted it as one. Cleef had took on a role in The Magnificent Seven sequel made famous by Bryner and Bryner took on this role made famous by Cleef.

There is a lot of changes here. About the only thing the same is the black clothes, but Bryners suit is way different and his style is different. He does carry the little pistol with bullets in the butt, but he also carries a Winchestor with a nice magazine always with a bullet short for his cigar.

Frank Kramer is back doing his beautiful direction and also with his co-writing partner Renato Izzo. The composer is different and I like it better even though it doesn't sound completely original, it's almost cliché, but I liked it.

Acting wise of course Bryner replaces Cleef, but all the rest of the characters are someone different if they made it back at all. Pedro Sanchez is a different guy as is Gianni Rizzo and a few others. Alley cat was replaced by a similar character in here, only now a dancing Mexican fills the shoes.

This movie was less original, had slower parts and just not nearly as fun or exciting as the first - I give it 5/10 stars.
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Brynner shoots em up!
funkyfry24 September 2002
Satisfying Italian action western, with plenty of gunfire and explosions. Not a true sequel to Sabata (which stars Lee Van Cleef). Good photography, direction, music. Many shots and visual compositions are very interesting, but like Sabata the story somewhat lacks big scope and has a pretty unoriginal premise. Brynner is excellent, though, and the action is relentless and occasionally thrilling.
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Hey Sabata..! Welcome to the Revolution!!!
smiley-3226 June 1999
Yes! Here we are with a movie that has guns, explosions, and more guns that even Rambo would've had if he had more sense..

In this film it tells the story of Sabata who helps out a feline Ambassodor go after an Austrian soldier (Colonel Skimmel) to capture gold from his fortress.

Easy to say it can be done, but there's trouble on the way as Skimmel sends a whole load of Austrians to go after Sabata and his outlaws to prevent him from getting the gold.

This film is very watchable, even on a rainy day. It kept me glued throughout the whole film. Brilliant music score, acting is a bit wooden, but although Yul Brynner is in this one, you'll be sure that he'll get the job done..!
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Great fun for spaghetti western fans!
Wizard-821 February 2016
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This was not filmed as a sequel to "Sabata", but was redubbed and retitled as a sequel to that film when it came to North America. But I don't think anyone will care one way or another, because what we have here is a coooooooool spaghetti western! It obviously had a decent budget, because the look of the movie is spot on, from the sets to the very colorful backdrops. And the production also had the money to hire Yul Brynner, who makes for a very good anti-hero, cool under pressure and tough but always striving to do the right thing. Most importantly, he gets into a lot of action, and the action sequences are exciting and have a high body count. And boy, does the movie have a lot of style, from some crazy camera-work to unforgettable moments like the "flamenco of death"! Are there any flaws in this movie? Well, if pressed, I would admit that there is one real flaw; I think the movie is a little too long. If it had been about fifteen or so minutes shorter, I think it would have moved much better. But better to be cool, stylish, and long, rather than be shorter and without passion or bite.
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Action a-plenty in this Italian western!
JohnHowardReid16 October 2014
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Although it lacks the usual great roster of star support players (the Pedro Sanchez part was obviously tailor-made for Gian-Maria Volonte, while Gerard Herter lacks the personality and the charisma that someone like Gert Frobe would have brought to the role), this movie is also even more unusual in that it lacks any female role whatever (aside from Caterina Dalin's brief uncredited spot as a saloon girl). Yul Brynner is capably smooth as Sabata, and we loved Gianni Rizzo's delightfully rotund villain. Also worthy of note is Sal Borghese, who has certainly an unusual method of dispatching opposition. All told, what we have here is an entertaining, expensively produced western, aided by a fine Bruno Nicolai music score (which would be impossible for a late- coming patrons to distinguish from Morricone), with lots of shooting, shouting, dynamiting and destruction, all filmed on natural locales. Director Gianfranco Parolini likes to get a bit too close to the action for my taste, and the color photography tends to be a but grainy, but these are minor irritations.
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Lock up your gold! Sabata's coming!
SciFiSheriff16 November 2011
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After seeing the first film, Sabata, I was just thirsting for spaghetti western goodness. Then I uncovered 2 of the film's sequels; Adios Sabata and Return of Sabata. This review will only be on Adios sabata but be sure to check my other reviews for the rest of the 3 films.

Now onto the movie. Man. It's hard to do this film justice! This movie is truly a hidden gem in the western archive of movies and is extremely underrated. If I ruled the country I would have the movie poster slapped on every wall i could get my hands on. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS FILM.

The plot line goes like this; A gunfighter, a bunch of trigger-happy Mexicans and a 2 faced gringo start raiding waggon loads of gold off a Austrian colonel. He doesn't take kindly to this so he tries to exterminate them with the full might of the Austrian army.

The plot line is a lot deeper than the first, with interesting plot twists and characters. The characters are really diverse and no character is the same. There is Sabata who seeks justice and gold at the same time. There is a honourable Mexican who executes people he doesn't like. Before his self-proclaimed executions, one of the Mexicans dance on the table and when he stops dancing, he shoots. Then there is also septembre who fires small grey metal balls from his shoes (I don't know who made this, but they are bonkers!). Finally there is an artist who has a bad memory. All the characters were well made and Had some good scenes of dialogue.

The action is fantastic. In fact, it's the main part of the film! There is constant shootouts;Shootouts in a barn, shootouts in a deserted castle in the middle of nowhere, shootouts at a saloon- lets just say if you love action, you would be crazy to miss this fantastic action extravaganza. The battle at the end is simply fantastic. We've got Gatling guns blazing, bombs exploding and Austrian solders flying everywhere. It's loud, fun and exhilarating. Even if you don't like story of the whole film or if you don't like the fact Lee van clef isn't in it, at least watch it for the battle!

Sabata this time around is played by The Magnificent Seven's Yel Brynner. Many western fans don't like the film, or dismiss it entirely just because Lee van Cleff isn't in it, thus making it rubbish. The film isn't even intended to be a Sabata film and it isn't one over in Spain. Istead, the main character is called Indeo black. It got the name Adios sabata when it hit America. The company wanted to cash-in on Sabata, which was popular at the time, so they could pocket some more money. To me, it doesn't matter who sabata is played by as long as he is Sabata. The ironic thing is, the reason Lee Van Clef couldn't do the role is because he was staring in a sequel to one of Yel's movies, The magnificent seven ride!

This is probably one of the best westerns ever made and one of my favourite films of all time.If you want some fun, laughs and good old entertainment, pay sabata a visit.
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"The lord is Sabata".
lost-in-limbo9 September 2011
Writer / director Gianfranco Parolini's crisp follow up two years later was simply just another crack, but Lee Van Cleef wouldn't return. Instead we get Yul Brynner decked in black as our man the bounty hunter Sabata, who's quick with a gun. As much as I liked Van Cleef in the title role, a curt Brynner stuck with me more. As it's hard to take your eyes off the man. While the cold edge was there, the humane side still showed without really letting you in. This made his shady character a lot more mysterious. Although Van Cleef would return to the Sabata role in Parolini's next sequel "Return of Sabata".

Hired gunslinger Sabata takes on a job to steal a wagon of gold from the Austrian army to help the fighting Mexican revolutionaries, but the job doesn't entirely go to plan. The narrative had some recurring themes that feel like they have been lifted right out of the original source. Despite the familiar staples, the pessimistic plot is never too straight-forward with its scheming, humour and there's a new gimmick or two (anyone up for stone marbles). The surprises are foreseeable, but its operatic style consists of flair and danger in a much more expansive manner. The shoot-outs (involving Mexicans and gun-runners) are mechanically staged, but there are some jarringly artistic shots, local flavour from the locations and sharp camera-work along with the bombastic music score. The way the camera presented some scenes, if would have you believing that maybe this was shot in 3D. That would have been interesting if so. The performances are spot on and fruitful in characterisations, as Parolini reuses some the actors from the original in different roles. Dean Reed works off Brynner quite well, which reminded me of the pairing of Van Cleef and Berger in Sabata. Too bad I found the latter to be better implemented though. Ignazio Spalla gives an animated turn as one of the Mexican revolutionaries and Gerard Herter is imposing as the gleefully sadistic Austrian Colonel Skimmel.

Conventional, but capable Italian western.

"I play solo".
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The Sauce is Dripping off the Screen in this Stylish Spaghetti Western!!!
astrofilms-19 January 2011
Hands down the best movie of the Sabata Trilogy. I saw all the movies in the Sabata Box DVD Trilogy set and Adios Sabata (Indio Black) was not even meant to be a third Sabata film but Lee Van Cleef was unavailable for this third Sabata film being on the Magnificent Seven Ride! So ironically the great actor from the original Magnificent Seven, Yul Brynner was cast!! Don't get me wrong Lee Van Cleef is marvelous as Sabata in the first two Sabata films, but Brynner is just better as Sabata in this last Sabata film. If you can get past some sloppy film production typical of Spaghetti Westerns (bad voice-over dubs, Italian actors playing Mexican characters, fake overacted gunshot deaths sometimes without even blood...etc) then you will be rewarded with a stylish, tongue-in-cheeky western that rivals the best Spaghetti Westerns ever made!!

This Spaghetti Western has such a talented all-star cast, starting with the great thespian actor Yul Brynner who's gypsy style and charm bring depth to the character. And the musician Dean Reed who plays the slick yet tricky sidekick. The music from the great Italian composer Bruno Nicoli in this film rivals that of the maestro of film music, Ennio Morricone. The film music in Adios Sabata just ROCKS. Even the wardrobe is beautiful. This film was produced by Alberto Grimaldi who produced all the major Spaghetti Western including Sergio Leone's Dollar Trilogy. Even Quentin Tarantino has highly regarded this film and selected this film once for his film fest.

Overall a slick Spaghetti Western complete with original electric guitar rock music, awesome gun-play / weapon gadgets, double/triple crosses, stylish wardrobe/props that make this movie a classic in the Spaghetti Western genre!!
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The always engaging Yul shoots his way through a terrible script
kellyadmirer14 November 2009
This is one of the strangest westerns ever made, and that includes the various incarnations of the spaghetti variety. And it isn't all bad. Yul Brynner is at the top of his game, and that is saying something. But everything around him is so bizarre that it's almost like walking into an episode of "The Prisoner," with nothing looking quite right and nobody taking things quite seriously enough. The difference is that there, it's not supposed to look like it makes sense. Here, unfortunately, it is supposed to - I think.

Anyway, Yul plays your standard-issue cool, unshakable, unbeatable gunfighter, naturally clad all in black, the kind that pops up with great regularity in bad movies. But he is such a fine actor that he adds a knowing look here, a smirk there to show an intelligence usually missing in these kind of heroes. He even plays classical piano - Clint Eastwood never did THAT.

But he isn't given much to play off. Dean Reed (who?) plays the closest thing to a buddy he has here, a completely out-of-place traitor to the infamous Mexican Maximilian government (and to everyone else). As is always, always, always the case in these films about the Maximilian days, it all comes down to the government's gold, and who gets it. I won't spoil the ending, but if you've seen any other film about the Maximilian days, you already know who will get the gold that everybody is after. More evidence of a poor script....

The plot itself is pretty much beside the point, though. Even Yul, good as he is, is really just window dressing. The really striking thing about this film is the villains. Maximilian and his henchmen are always portrayed so originally in films about the period. In the fine "Veracruz," they were portrayed as medieval French knights. In "Undefeated," basically overdressed locals. Here, they are Austrians (yes, you read that right, Austrians) wearing bowler hats (yes, big old bowlers in the hot sun) and three piece suits (no, I'm really not kidding). Come on, where else are you going to see grimy revolutionaries in hand-to-hand combat with downtown bankers? Seriously! And Blofeld, I mean "Colonel Skimmer," is busy adjusting his monocle (!) while pulling the strings and using prisoners for his target practice.

Worth it for the surreal nature of the bad guys, the glaringly obvious references to better spaghetti westerns (the visuals, the music, the ubiquitous musical watch, the reference to burying the gold in a cemetery), and of course, unforgettable Yul.
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