Son of the Mountains (1972)

Daglarin Oglu / Dag Kurdu

poster for Daglarin Oglu

This was my first experience with a Turkish western, Çetin Innaç's Son of the Mountain. Hoo-boy.

There's little I could find out about this film, I'm not sure who stars as who. To make matters worse, there's another Turkish film of the same name (also a western) from 1965. The plot was a muddled mess, and the English subtitles weren't exactly translated well, so forgive me if the description is somewhat unclear.

The main character is a guy named Cuchillo, who has just gotten out of prison. Soon enough, some of his rival Pedro's men are trying to kill him. He dispenses them in short order with his throwing knives. Pedro's looking for some gold, that apparently a guy named Ciko has. Ciko steals Cuchillo's horse. Cuchillo tracks him down and saves him from Pedro, and they also fight each other, apparently over the stolen horse. More gunfights ensue with Pedro, and eventually Cuchillo ends up dispaching all of his rivals.The long and short of it is there's some stolen gold hidden somewhere by someone, and everyone's trying to get it. Cuchillo finally does, but decides to give it to "the Revolution". The end. Like I said, it was pretty incoherent.

However, I can't chalk this incoherence up to cultural misunderstandings on my part. It's a really inept film, by all accounts, so much that it makes Fidani seem like Leone. Nevertheless, it was worth a watch, for several reasons besides novelty/curiousity value. First off, the scenery, supposedly the southwestern U.S., looks nothing like the U.S. or Almeria, for that matter. Most of the film takes place in what appears to be some sort of ancient Turkish ruins, with a series of caves and such carved out of the rock:

It's quite apparent that Innaç was trying to put a Turkish spin on a spaghetti western; there's nothing even remotely similar to an American western here. Music from several famous spaghettis, such as the themes from Arizona Colt and even the famous "wah wah wah" theme from TGTBTU appear here, as well as several others that sounded vaguely familiar. The guy who plays Pedro, oddly enough, looks like what Fernando Sancho would have looked like if he were in spaghettis when he was 100 pounds lighter and 20 years younger"

The dialogue and acting are so bad and one-dimensional, that I felt at times I was watching a skit, instead of an actual movie. The whole "search for the gold" was confusing, in that it was hard to figure out who had it, or where it came from. The camerawork was unimaginative and at times, shaky. It was mercifully short, coming in at 53 and a half minutes. I don't know if that was how it was originally cut or if it was edited. As far as I know, this is only available on a DVD-R on ebay or on torrent sites somewhere, so the chances of you seeing it are quite slim. It's worth checking out for the curiousity value, but it's hardly a good film by any stretch of the imagination. And, sadly, the almost-naked gal in the poster is nowhere to be seen, either. Too bad, as it would have been a welcome addition to this film.

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