MY NAME IS NOBODY [1973] movie review

December 31, 2011 · Print This Article

The Sergio Leone penned (but not directed) western MY NAME IS NOBODY has a Jackie Chan action movie feel to it. Henry Fonda plays the best gun in the west as seriously as they come, while Terence Hill is a “nobody” equal in gunslinging to Fonda, but with the personality of a court jester. Fonda survives using his cunning, Hill seems to live a charmed life able to masquerade through towns and saloons making the baddest of men in them look like fools. This combines for a very unusual western with a mythological feel.

Fonda is making his way to New Orleans to get out of the west and head to Europe while he still can. Nobody seems like some doofus country bumpkin turning up everywhere Fonda does, that is until he first displays his shooting skills.

 

Not even Fonda knows for sure why Nobody is hanging around, who is well versed on the feats of Fonda’s gunslinging past and eager for him to go out with one last shootout that will make him a legend.

 

NOBODY feels like a Leone movie thanks to the recognizable scoring by Ennio Morricone, who scored all of Leone’s own movies. The chants used to punctuate the music worked well here, and did not seem over the top.

 

I never got used to the whimsical feel of the movie, always expecting it to turn dark at some point, but it never did. That does not mean the movie was devoid of tension and worry about the characters. I would like to see another movie featuring the character Nobody, both a prequel showing how he got his skills, and what happened to him after this movie.

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