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!

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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.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie blooms very slowly. The first act promised a mediocre western about a farmer avenging the murder of his family. However, by the climax, even with a huge body count, the movie gave a strong anti-war message from the laconic “man without a name”.
2) Mano a mano blood-pact scene between Comanche tribe leader, Ten Bears and Josey Wales. The scene is drenched with machismo and “iron words”.
3) Chief Dan George as Lone Watie definitely deserved an Oscar for best supporting actor for this role.
4) Life gathers around revenge stricken Josey Wales gradually. An intriguing caravan of victims accompanied him to the symbolic abandoned ranch.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1.
Senator: There’s an old saying: To the victors belong the spoils.
Fletcher: There’s another old saying, Senator: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.
2.
Ten Bears: There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life… or death. It shall be life.

They Call Me Trinity (1970)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A story of 2 lazy gunfighters.Trinity, “The Right Hand of the Devil” and Bambino, “The Left Hand of the Devil”. Possibly one of funniest western comedy.
2) Bud Spencer as Bambino was clearly the winner with his straight face comedy and hammer punches.
3) The opening credits with Trinity being dragged on a travois.
4) Annibale E I Cantori Moderni – Trinity (Titoli) by Franco Micalizzi
5) The unmissable iconic poster by Renato Casaro.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Tobias: Have you seen what faith will do?
Bambino: It’ll work if you put it in a rifle barrel.