Sergio Corbucci crafted one of the most popular and widely imitated of the Italian "spaghetti westerns" of the 1960s with this violent but stylish action saga. A mysterious man named Django (Franco Nero) arrives in a Mexican border town dragging a small coffin behind him. When he attempts to save a woman who is being attacked by a group of bandits, he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between Mexican gangsters and racist Yankee thugs, with the innocent townspeople and a fortune in Mexican gold stuck somewhere in between. Django becomes a force to be reckoned with when it's discovered his coffin actually contains a Gatling gun. Django proved so popular in Europe that over 30 sequels and follow-ups were produced, though Franco Nero would not return to the role until 1987's Django 2: Il Grande Ritorno (the only sequel endorsed by Corbucci), which proved to be the last film in the series. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I got this movie without ever having heard much about it. All I had seen were the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and the other Sergio Corbucci western, "Companeros." I was not disappointed. From the very beginning of the film Corbucci's cool style shines through with an awesome gun fight, accompanied by a great score. The film builds very nicely, going in a direction I didn't expect it to go and ending with a great, dramatic gunfight.
One last night, I watched this film twice, first dubbed over in English, and second, in Italian (the original language) with English subtitles. The story is significantly different, and better, when it's in Italian. I highly recommend watching this one in Italian, with English subtitles, if you get it.
This is what spaghetti westerns are all about! This film is exploitative with being hokey, cool but not pretensious. It gots all the elements of any western you've ever seen, and then some. The Django theme in the opening credits is the best theme is cause to see it. And I agree with the other reviewere, it is better in original Italian.