If you can't corral the DVD immediately and wanna hypnotic glimpse of what we still maintain is THE Coburn performance that should've been nominated long before he won, go to YouTube (youtube.com/watch?v=KCU5fpL_Yek).
It's the betrayal scene in the restaurant (or "Scena del pub, Giù la testa", as it's entitled).
We admit we don't usually advocate watching such a major spoiler but it's a glimpse of Coburn at his most charismatic, haunted and conflicted ...
[ Intriquing, too, he finally teamed up with Leone since the story goes he was the director's first choice for The Man With No Name - but couldn't afford him! ]
The betrayal scene is terrific. I wish they had cast someone a little more familiar as his friend, though. It's such a significant part and it would have been a great cameo for another actor of Coburn's ilk.
It's a minor quibble. Sean is easily one of Coburn's best roles.
Coburn certainly had tons of charisma and was Mr. testosterone.
'Only problem for me was that his FACE looks so like that of a once-famous British character actress, I'm told a very nice person in real life, called Peggy Mount! Peggy was a lady who played 'battle-axes' with a roaring voice in old '50s and '60s British comedy movies, Ealing etc.. She was huge too. So every time I see James Coburn, especially when he smiles, I think 'Peggy Mount'.
I was always mesmerised by the sheer number of his teeth.
I want to BE James Coburn! I want to have an apelike grin (I understand the chicks like that look), a shock of white hair, and that deep baritone voice. I want to be long and lanky and into Eastern religions and holistic medicine, too. Living in Beverly Hills can't be all that bad, either. I read that he was groovin' to music and playing his flute at home when the end came; I can think of worse ways to die...