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.

Red Sun (1971)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand crossover of Western & Jidaigeki genres starring two of their respective greatest stars.
2) The trinity of international stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirō Mifune, and Alain Delon.

 

CONS –
1) Terence Young missed an epic opportunity of making probably one of the greatest movie of all time. The story with elements of honor, deceit, and sacrifice was ruined by bad direction and wacky soundtrack.

 
QUOTE –
Link Stuart: I think you’re one hell of a man.
Kuroda Jubie: I think you are one son of a bitch.

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) All the generic elements of a John Wayne western are present in this movie including the unmissable John Wayne “walk”
2) Dean Martin’s eye trick.

 
CONS –
1) A plain western was made murkier with weird climactic events.
2) One time watch.

 
QUOTE –
Bud Elder: I’m going with you. I can draw pretty fast. We can be famous — like the Dalton Brothers!
John Elder: They’re famous — but they’re just a little bit dead. They were hung!

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?

Pale Rider (1985)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) A companion movie to High Plains Drifter (1973) where a nameless ghost-like rider takes his revenge.
2) Classic western with a plain “good vs evil” plot.

 

 

CONS –
1) Style over substance. The movie is full of Christian symbolism but all in all, it’s a High Plains Drifter (1973) rip-off.
2) The movie lacks a strong supporting cast and is without any memorable scene.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hull Barret: Starting fresh always sounds good when you’re in trouble.

High Plains Drifter (1973)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ghost of the town Marshall, riding a pale horse, came back to town to avenge his death from the townsfolk and the three killers.
2) This movie is a treat for fans of Sergio Leone and The Man with No Name.
3) The climactic grave scene elevated the movie to cult status.

 

CONS –
1) It’s a Sergio Leone movie not directed by Sergio Leone.
2) Except for Billy Curtis as Mordecai, the entire supporting cast is inefficient.

 
QUOTE –
Sarah Belding: They say the dead don’t rest without a marker of some kind.

The Comancheros (1961)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Ina Balin as Pilar – exotic beauty.
2) Lee Marvin as semi-scalped drunk-brawler Tully Crow – the most memorable character of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Incoherent screenplay where John Wayne is introduced as a secondary character.
2) A mediocre western from the director of Casablanca (1942).

 

QUOTE –
1)
Graile: How frail is human judgment, particularly the female’s.

2)
Tully Crow: I got one rule: never go to bed without makin’ a profit.