Released initially as Ammazzali tutti e torna solo, this dark and cynical Spaghetti Western was directed by Enzo G Castellari and stars former sports star Chuck Connors as rugged mercenary Clyde McKay.
McKay is hired by Confederate army Captain Lynch (Frank Wolff) to steal a cache of Union gold from a Yankee fort during the Civil War since the Confederacy is running short of cash.
To do so, he assembles a Dirty Dozen-style collection of desperate and colourful soldiers of fortune, including the hulking strongman Bogard (Hércules Cortes), Native American knife specialist Blade (Giovanni Cianfriglia, billed here as Ken Wood), the psychopathic Kid (Alberto Dell’Acqua), master of the flying blackjack Hoagy (Franco Citti) and Deker (Leo Anchóriz), whose expertise was with dynamite – no mean feat, given that Alfred Nobel didn’t get around to inventing that particular explosive till after the war.
To keep the division of spoils between the two of them, Captain Lynch suggests that after laying his hands on the gold, McKay kills the others (hence the title of the picture).
Clyde declines to kill off his teammates but has no qualms whatsoever about bilking them out of their share, setting up the expected series of double and triple crosses featuring improbable feats of marksmanship and knife-throwing (and stunt men bouncing all over the screen).
It’s a testosterone-driven affair, with not a single female appearing in the film.
Giovanni Cianfriglia (as Ken Wood)
Antonio Molino Rojo
Furio Meniconi (as Men Fury)
Enzo G Castellari