This Pasta Western displays noisy action , thrills , stirring adventures , shoot'em up , brawls , and results to be pretty bemusing . It stars Giuliano Gemma and Mario Adorf , both of whom are top-notch as likable freewheeling rogues , meanwhile taking on two ominous villains , the ruthless father pistolero : Anthony Dawson and and his son , the really villainous Rick Boyd . This is an acceptable S.W. full of action , shootouts , fist-play and some touches of humor in charge of Giuliano Gemma as Billy Boy aka Tim Hawkins and Mario Adorf as Harry . Outlaw Roger Pratt (Federico Boido) pursues drifter Tim (Giuliano Gemma) , that's why he thinks of being responsable the death of his children . Later on , the stagecoach is attacked by the gang led by Pratt , with all the passengers (Chris Huerta) cruelly massacred. There arrive two hobos , a swindler drifter named Tom (Gemma) and a burly innocent vagrant called Harry (Mario Adorf who is still playing) and soon become travelling companions . But one of them, Tim , is being chased by a crazed killer and his group of gunmen to settle an old score . At the beginning Tim swindles Harry , but a bit later on , both of whom befriend themselves .While they are fighting and hating each other , eventually , the two manage to live together for a time . Then they undertake several adventures, heists , risks and dangers. They are chased through the west , encountering scrape after scrape until the murderers catch up and the score is settled for good. The roguish friends have their hands in everything , but especially on a beautiful widow called Dorothy McDonald (Magda Konopka) and a wonderful girl (Julie Menard) who works at a show as a mermaid or sirene . Later on , the duo being relentlessly pursued , but they attempt to carry out a hold-up , assault Wells Fargo , and , finally face off their ruthless enemy , Pratt , and his cruel father (Anthony Dawson who acted in Death rides a horse) who at the end he arrives by train at the station.
This entertaining engaging movie is crammed with crossfire , fist-fights, kicks , punches , overwhelming stunt work and lots of humor . Gemma and Adorf are pretty good as two army men robbing and taking on a bunch of bandits and both of whom make their own stunts , as usual . At the ending takes place the violent confrontation, a thrilling duel in Spaghetti style and under splendid musical score background .This Ravioli Western has Western action , shootouts, fights and brawls in Terence Hill/Bud Spencer style . It is an entertaining and amusing Pasta Western with the attractive actors , the Italian Giuliano Gemma and the German Mario Adorf forming an odd as well as funny couple. Lightingly paced and with a really disconcerting storyline that results to be absurd at times, but frenetic fights and gunplay sequences make up for it . This release has some cool and hilarious moments ; however, the Terence Hill and Bud Spencer movies are much better. The picture displays lots of laughters , tongue-in-cheek , jokes , as well as violence and cold killings , too . This is an acceptable S.W. full of action , shootouts , fist-play , some touches of humor in charge of Giuliano Gemma/Mario Adorf characters and enjoyable musical score by the great maestro composer Ennio Morricone . Protagonists are very fine , they ravage the screen , they jump , bounds , hit and run ; plus , lots of jokes , laughs , they are a complete show , delivering a nice chemical . Starred by Giuliano Gemma , in the beginning, he worked as stunt-man, and in small roles in big productions such as "Ben Hur" where his role was uncredited. The director, Duccio Tessari, gave him the first role as protagonist in the film "Arrivano i Titani". Luchino Visconti cast him the role of a general in "Il gattopardo", but his scenes were mostly cut. This was followed by important roles in "Angelica", by the French director Bernard Borderie, where Gemma has a leading role; and the first spaghetti western films where he was credited as Montgomery Wood. He played several films of all kinds of genres as ¨Master touch¨ with Kirk Douglas , ¨Stay away¨ with Amidou , as well as ¨Africa Express¨ and ¨Safari Express¨co-starred by Ursula Andress and with similar artist and technician team , but especially Westerns such as ¨Una pistola per Ringo", "Il ritorno di Ringo" and "Un dollaro bucato" are among his greatest successes . As well as ¨Arizona Colt¨ with Fernando Sancho and Nello Pazzafini and ¨California ¨ with William Berger and Romano Puppo . Then he played his most important roles in "Il deserto dei Tartari" by Valerio Zurlini and "Il prefetto di ferro" by Pasquale Squitieri. In the last years Gemma worked mostly for Italian television until his death by car accident . This Italian/French coproduction release titled E per tetto un cielo di stelle (Italy) , or A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (United States) or Ciel de plomb (France) has some cool moments and a great number of hilarious scenes , adding a thrilling finale . The film isn't always good , sometimes is fresh and diverting and on a couple of memorable occasions , it's frankly delicious . In this very mild entertainment picture appears usual secondaries seen in several Spaghetti/Tortilla Westerns , many of them uncredited in brief appearances , such as Spanish players : Chris Huerta , Victor Israel, as Italian people such as : John Bartha ,Riccardo Pizzuti as Poker player in saloon , Benito Stefanelli, Ivan Scratuglia .
Nice cinematography filmed on location in Spain : Poblado Tabernas, Almeria, Andalucia, Spain. Very good musical score by Ennio Morricone style and full of catching sounds and haunting environment . Morricone displays a sensitive musical leitmotif and he composed lots of Spaghetti Western scores . There are many fine technicians and nice assistants as the professional cameraman Carlo Carlini who makes an atmospheric photography , including barren outdoors , dirty landscapes under a glimmer sun , being shot , of course , on location in Almeria , Spain . However , being necessary and perfect remastering because of the original copy is worn-out .
The motion picture was regularly directed by Giulio Petroni . This Italian writer/filmmaker so consistently mixed the good with the mediocre that it became quite impossible to know what to expect from him next . He wrote some Westerns and filmed a classic Italian Western as ¨Death rides a horse¨ with Lee Van Cleef and John Philip Law , though also shot other inferior but acceptable Spaghettis such as ¨Night of serpent¨ and this ¨A sky full of stars for a roof¨ in which he takes a similar style to the one used in his later Thomas Milian cast "Life is Tough, Right Providence?¨. Director Giulio Petroni (of "Death Rides a Horse" fame) made is a passable entertaining juvenile that will appeal to Italian comedy western buffs . Rating : 5.5/10 . Average , only for Giuliano Gemma and worthwhile seeing for Spaghetti Western fans.