Return of Sabata

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Return of Sabata
(È tornato Sabata ... hai chiuso un'altra volta)
Return of Sabata DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Frank Kramer
Produced by Alberto Grimaldi
Screenplay by Renato Izzo
Gianfranco Parolini
Starring Lee Van Cleef
Reiner Schöne
Giampiero Albertini
Annabella Incontrera
Jacqueline Alexandre
Pedro Sanchez
Aldo Canti
Vassili Karis
Gianni Rizzo
Music by Marcello Giombini
Cinematography Sandro Mancori
Edited by Gianfranco Parolini (uncredited)
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 3 September 1971 (1971-09-03)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
West Germany
Language Italian

Return of Sabata (Italian: È tornato Sabata ... hai chiuso un'altra volta, roughly translated as Sabata is back ... to end another time) is a 1971 Spaghetti Western film directed by Gianfranco Parolini. The third film in The Sabata Trilogy, it features the return of Lee Van Cleef as the title character, which he had played in the first film, Sabata, but was replaced by Yul Brynner in the second film, Adiós, Sabata, due to a scheduling conflict. Return of Sabata was listed in the 1978 book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.


Sabata, a former Confederate army officer and steely eyed, quick-drawing, impossibly accurate gunman with a trick gun, is working for a travelling circus as a stunt marksman. The circus comes to a small Texas town, where a former subordinate officer, a lieutenant from the army is running a crooked casino. The man owes Sabata $5,000 from sometime ago. Then the circus manager runs off with the circus funds, so Sabata decides to stay in town and try to collect on the debt from his friend. Sabata then runs into conflict with the town's land baron, McIntock, who imposes high taxes on gambling, drinking and prostitution with the supposed idea of building the town up, using the money. Sabata, who is after the money himself, finds out that the townspeople's money in McIntock's safe is counterfeit and that he and the priest have hidden it elsewhere, in the form of gold coins. After a few attempts on his life and lots of badmen dying under his guns, Sabata and the lieutenant are apparently killed so McIntock goes for the money, only to find them both still alive. Sabata is helped throughout by his friends; the acrobat, his partner and a fat, pompous man who is anything but what he seems.


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