Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Presence of two stalwarts – Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas.
2) Cinematography and overall direction make this movie a good hang-out movie like Rio Bravo (1959).
3) “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”, sung by Frankie Laine

 

CONS –
1) Slow-paced screenplay with mediocre climactic gun-fight.

 
QUOTE –
Dr. John ‘Doc’ Holliday: I’m a gambler. Money’s just a tool of my trade.
Wyatt Earp: Of course, you will guarantee you won’t lose.
Dr. John ‘Doc’ Holliday: I never lose. You see, poker’s played by desperate men who cherish money. I don’t lose because I have nothing to lose, including my life.

The Grand Duel (1972)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The Grand Duel (Parte Prima) by Luis Enrique Bacalov
2) The black & white flashback scene involving the killing of Ebenezer Saxon
3) Horst Frank as David Saxon – the personification of white-collar evil.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre screenplay; one-time watch

 

QUOTE –
Bar Keeper: Can’t you read?
Sheriff Clayton: I’m thirsty
Bar Keeper: I already lost an eye in a gunfight…
Sheriff Clayton: Then use the other one to find a thirsty man some whiskey.

Death Rides a Horse (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) A highly influential Spaghetti Western revenge saga which inspired many future blockbusters across the world.
2) The main theme by Ennio Morricone. We should be thankful to Quentin Tarantino for introducing us to these forgotten gems through his movies.
3) Final twist when Bill discovers the necklace bearing a skull belongs to Ryan.
4) Elements of nature – opening rain sequence, house on fire, Bill buried alive from the neck down, and final gun battle in the dust storm.
5) Full of witty one-liners and interesting small characters

 

Cons –
1) Easy death for prime-villain Walcott.

 

Quote –
Ryan: Somebody once wrote that revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold. As hot as you are, you’re liable to end with indigestion.

The Big Gundown (1966)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.

High Noon (1952)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) One of the most unconventional western about a man who will not let go.
2) Will Kane : A hero larger than life.
3) The direction and screenplay : roughly 85 minutes but still enough screen-time for everyone.No shallow characters.
4) “Do Not Forsake Me, My Darling”
5) Katy Jurado as Helen Ramírez

 
Cons –

 
N/A

 

Quote –

 

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

STORY –1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Presence to 2 greatest stars: James Stewart and John Wayne
2) Great Star-cast including Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance (& also Lee Van Cleef)
3) Edmond O’Brien as Dutton Peabody

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The movie is a post-apocalyptic western with an eye-patched hero called Snake Plissken.
2) Lee Van Cleef as Bob Hauk – the sheer aura of this iconic western legend in this post-apocalyptic science-fiction.
3) The iconic poster with the severed head of Statue Of Liberty
4) The opening scene with Snake in handcuffs walking from the helicopter through the hallway is dripping with swag.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Call Me Snake”