After an impressive debut in the subgenre, it was hard to believe that the stylish Sergio Leone could do better, but his follow-up film in 1965 proved he was capable of just that. The movie essentially copied the first film’s structure, depicting a gritty realism that featured Leone’s “Man with No Name” (who actually does have a name in each film, in this case, Manco) and the awesomely villainous Lee Van Cleef. The two actors — who portray hunters after the same man for different reasons — play off one another, and it’s exciting to watch. The addition of wild-eyed Klaus Kinski adds another layer of colorful characterization. Leone’s second film in the “Dollars Trilogy” makes today’s sequels look like total trash.
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