Navajo Joe (1966)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ennio Morricone’s exceptional soundtrack. A special thanks to Quentin Tarantino for introducing this generation to gems like “A Silhouette Of Doom”, “Main Title (Navajo Joe)”, “The Confrontation/The Return of Joe”
2) Final axe throw scene by Joe killing Duncan.

 
CONS –
1) Mediocre cast. Even Burt Reynolds as Navajo Joe is not impressive.
2) Cliched western plot but without the essence of strong revenge.

 
QUOTE –
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Only ones elected in this country are Americans.
Joe: My father was born here, in the mountains. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Where was your father born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Ulp, what’s that to do with it?
Joe: I said, where was he born?
Sheriff Elmo Reagan: Uuh, in Scotland.
Joe: My father was born here, in America. His father before him and his father before him and his father before him. Now which of us is American?

The Great Silence (1968)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Larger than life cult characters of Loco and Silence – both anti-heroes
2) The scene where Silence reveals his scar – bone chilling
3) Ultra-violent western
4) Opening sequence – Silence’s ride through the snow blizzard
5) Silence’s gun -Mauser C96
6) The original climax is frustrating but true to the movie theme
7) The coach scene heavily influenced The Hateful Eight
8) Ennio Morricone – Il Grande Silenzio (Restless)
9) The iconic poster by Giuliano Nistri – spell-bounding !

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Loco :  You saw that woman shoot first!”