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Zalata escapes from Egypt after divorcing his four wives and moves to a fictional town called Texico where he becomes a dangerous outlaw and later its governor. After he shoots the leader ... See full summary »

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Hassan Hafez

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Anwar Abdalla
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fouad El-Mohandes Fouad El-Mohandes ... Metwalli / Zalata
Shouweikar ... Negma
Samir Ghanem Samir Ghanem ... Yellow Cloud (as Sameer Ghanem)
Tawfik El Deken ... Leader of the Triggers (as Tewfik El Dekn)
Hassan Mustafa Hassan Mustafa ... Sherrif
Hussein Fahmy ... Billy the Kid
Gamal Ismail Gamal Ismail ... Batista
Nabila El Sayed Nabila El Sayed ... Senorita Pompadour
Nabil El-Hegrassy Nabil El-Hegrassy ... Zalata's Attorney
Seif Allah Mokhtar Seif Allah Mokhtar ... Cowboy
Osama Abbas Osama Abbas ... American Delegate
Zakaria Mouafi Zakaria Mouafi ... Hani the Bartender
Salama Elias Salama Elias ... Metwalli's Boss
Hassan Abdin Hassan Abdin ... Mahmoud King Size
Nabil Badr Nabil Badr ... Mexican Delegate
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Zalata escapes from Egypt after divorcing his four wives and moves to a fictional town called Texico where he becomes a dangerous outlaw and later its governor. After he shoots the leader of a posse known as the Triggers, his sons vow revenge against him. When Zalata is killed during a combat, he urges his daughter Negma and his son Yellow Cloud to dispatch his nephew Metwalli Zalata from Egypt in order to fight the Triggers. Unknown to Negma and her brother that their cousin Metwalli is not courageous enough like his uncle. Written by Anonymous

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Worth Your Time if You Love Spaghetti Westerns!
13 February 2016 | by adrianswinglerSee all my reviews

Produced by and starring Fouad al-Mohandis, directed by Hassan Hafez and written by Anwar Abdallah, and featuring the popular Egyptian actress Shwikar, the movie tanked at the box office. I can find no information on the director. The movie is pretty much Spaghetti Western comedy/Bollywood...done by Egyptians acting like Mexicans. Fouad el-Mohandes is a legend of the Egyptian screen with a LOT of movies to his credit. Shwikar is his wife (in real life). This was near the end of his career and I get the idea it's a "Hey, I'm going to make my own this time and do it how I want it done". Many, many, many of those kind of projects did much worse than this one did.

And it actually works. Make no mistake, it's very much B-movie fare, but there are very few that take on Spaghetti Westerns as comedy and end up with something that's actually worth watching. It's got a solid story for such a light-weight movie. Pretty good sets, some nice extemporaneous touches a la Touche Pas a la Femme Blanche, and EVERY stereotype you will ever see in a SW.

So, it's one of the more interesting "also rans" of the genre. How often are you going to get the chance to see a SW that's that different...and it pretty much works? From a director that you've never heard of? And those Egyptians don't make bad Mexicans. :-)

I don't know what's available vis a vis releases. It's not easy to find. Mine was in Arabic with French subtitles hard coded. If you're even semi-proficient in French you will have no trouble. It's very simple and straight-forward dialog with the action carrying most of the humor as opposed to arcane puns and such.

I'm giving it a seven because I'm as likely to watch it again as the ones I give a seven to. Your mileage may vary, but for fans of the genre, I can't imagine being disappointed (unless you don't know French :-( ). The 5/10 it has on here is *definitely* too low. On every level it's better than that. I was glad I'd seen it. I'll remember it a lot longer than the n+1th Sartana knock-off.


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