Someone swore to have counted all the people killed in this film: more than one hundred. Is it true? Whether it is or not, if that’s not a record, it’s not far off. And yet, spaghetti westerns often manage to combine their cruel sadism with a certain ironic stance. Ballata per un pistolero goes one better: it manages to entertain in a fury of punches and catastrophic tumbles. After all, Caltabiano, here making his directorial debut, had already established himself as one of the stuntmen most coveted by Italian producers. In fact, the Rivista del cinematografo critic completely forgets about the massacre and praises “the traditional American western feel”, as well as the predisposition to deepen the positives theme of friendship. The inimitable mysteries and paradoxes of the Italian western. The title song of the same name, performed by Peppino Gagliardi, was also a hit in the charts.
Two bank robbers are being chased by a pair of bounty hunters. At first, the pursuers act separately, but subsequently join forces. After having completed their mission, they discover to share the same father.