Giulio Questi (a former associate of Fellini) and Franco Arcalli (later Bertolucci's regular writing partner) devised this dour, notoriously excessive spaghetti Western, which pushes the brutality of the genre to almost surreal ends. Milian's the double-crossed Mexican gang leader out for revenge on his former partner (Lulli). The film begins promisingly but then loses its way in a succession of melodramatic grotesqueries, including suffocation by molten gold, roastings on a spit, and the killing of children. The Italian version runs two hours - 19 minutes longer than the original international release print. Not for the squeamish.