Un esercito di 5 uomini (film di Italo Zingarelli del 1969)

UN ESERCITO DI 5 UOMINI è un film di un genere tra i più amati degli anni sessanta, il western, e tratta di una rapina organizzata dai ribelli messicani per sottrarre i finanziamenti della rivoluzione messicana: una somma pari a mezzo milione di dollari in viaggio su un treno di stato. Assoldano così 5 uomini per un compenso di mille dollari ad ognuno di loro.

La missione, irta di spine, scatena lo scontro tra i soldati a guardia del treno e i cinque temerari che riescono nell’impresa portando via il malloppo. Uno di essi, Mesito, si occupa di comporre le parti da dividere ma un reparto di soldati scopre il loro covo. Ne viene fuori una violenta sparatoria e questa volta l’esercito di cinque uomini compie un’impresa facendo fuori tutti coloro che tentano di ostacolarli. Ora è arrivato il momento di godersi l’impresa e intanto arrivano i ribelli per ringraziarli e festeggiare insieme a loro.

La cronaca dell’epoca racconta che il film fu diretto da due registi, Don Taylor e Italo Zingarelli, ma questa versione dei fatti è traballante. Uno dei protagonisti, Bud Spencer, dichiarò che dietro la macchina da presa ci fosse Taylor. Altri al contrario che invece diresse poche scene o addirittura di aver cominciato le riprese per poi essere surrogato da Dario Argento, che in seguito smentì la cosa.

Al di là di questo, la pellicola si segnala per l’efficacia della sua azione, l’ottima coesione dei protagonisti e la loro incredibile capacità di soverchiare un esercito, per denaro certo, ma io penso anche per altruismo e sani principi, cosa che rimanda al capolavoro di Sturges, I MAGNIFICI SETTE, o ad un’altra missione cinematografica diretta da Aldrich, QUELLA SPORCA DOZZINA, che narra di un tentativo di far saltare un castello covo di nazisti.

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