So what's not to like about this Hollywood western homage to Akira Kurosawa's homage to the Hollywood western? It's got 1 big name star, 3 guys on the verge of becoming big stars, 1 who gained a modicum of fame, 1 well know character actor, 1 whose fame was pretty much limited to Europe, and another who was well known in his day but is all but forgotten now. Can you name them? No cheating!! Plus it had that incredible theme and musical score that made you just want to grab the nearest horse and ride off into the mountains.
This was the film that was supposed to bring back the western. It failed inspite of spawning a series of other westerns. It had a huge cast of well known, talented, and popular actors that included Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, and even Jeff Goldblum, but for some reason the western never really caught the imagination of that generation's movie goers. If you haven't seen it you really should. It's a rousing, brawling, fun lovin', action packed, roarin' good time.
No, this isn't the movie you're thinking of. This one starred Burt Lancaster as the son of Lillian Gish and borther of Audie Murphy and Doug McClure and their adopted sister Audrey Hepburn. It's a happy family until one day crazy John Carradine shows up and spoils everything. It seems there's a family secret, seems little sis is awfully tan, kinda like-- gasp, an Injun! I love this movie because I've always been a fan of Murphy's (though he's got this weird mustache here because he's supposed to be an Injun hater and rather unsympathetic for a portion of the film), plus when Lancaster is good he's very good. This had a nice DVD release so my VHS tape whet to a resale store. It's a great piece of 60s film making.
Remember the part where I said I liked horses but couldn't stand cowboys? Well I'll make an exception for the cowboy in this film because he loves his horse. Kirk Douglas plays a cowpoke who just can't handle the modern world and eventually it gets him into trouble with the law, and that leads to tragic results for both him and the beloved horse he just can't leave behind.
Oh, why not? Another 60s flick with a likeable cast and a story that didn't annoy me. John Wayne is Sheriff in a town and there's trouble. Dean Martin is a drunk (gee) who used to be his sharp shooting, slick talking deputy. Angie Dickenson is the saloon girl who is decades too young for the sheriff but has her eye on him anyway because it's in the script, and Rick Nelson is just hanging around so he can sing later and show that's he's cool and can shoot a gun. Nothing earth shaking here but for some reason or other it clicked with me.
Just when you were about to say that all my taste was in my mouth I go and pull out this John Ford classic! Surprise, surprise! For the uninitiated the story is about the conflict between a father and his adopted son who is forced to take over during a grueling cattle drive. I remember that I was very young the first time I saw this on tv and I was blown away by Montgomery Clift as John Wayne's son. a must see for anyone who likes movies, let alone westerns!