Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A prisoner lures two sons of U.S. Marshal Cahill to rob a bank in his absence. In an unusual heist, the robbers return to the prison while the money is hidden by the young kid. Now the robbers want their share while the marshal is tracking the perpetrators with his Indian partner Lightfoot.
2) A unique John Wayne western, focussing on the relationship between him being a law enforcer, and his two disgruntled sons.

 

 


CONS –
1) A mediocre and forgettable John Wayne film.

 

 


QUOTE –
J.D. Cahill: I thought an Indian didn’t show pain.Especially a bona fide Comanche war chief.
Lightfoot: Who in the hell ever told you that a damn white man?

Breakheart Pass (1975)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A train is transporting a secret shipment of weapons stolen from U.S. arms manufacturers for sale to the Indians, in return of smuggling gold. The entire operation is concealed as a medical supply cargo for a diphtheria epidemic at the frontier outpost. What they don’t know is among the passenger is an undercover U.S. Secret Service agent.
2) The scenic snowy location with most of the action on the train makes it a unique western adventure. The fight scene on top of the train, while it’s on the high wooden bridge, is breathtaking.
3) For the first one hour, the mysterious death/disappearance of passengers one by one makes is a whodunit mystery.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Driver: I don’t know who you are, but the law says…
Deakin: The law’s who I am.

Tombstone (1993)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Retired lawman Wyatt Earp arrives in Tombstone, Arizona with his two brothers and their wives to settle down. But he’s reluctantly pulled into the same violent business when the town is wrecked by an outlaw gang called “The Cowboys” which led to the death of one of his brothers.
2) Made in 1993, the movie follows the classic western theme of good vs evil. The second-half of the movie is full of duels, and great gunfights.

 

 


CONS –
1) Val Kilmer’s performance as alcoholic Doc Holliday is quite annoying.
2) It’s highly overrated as one of the best western movies released in the 1990s. There is no way it can be compared to Unforgiven (1992), and Dances with Wolves (1990).

 

 


QUOTE –
Doc Holliday: Make no mistake, it’s not revenge he’s after. It’s a reckonin’.

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) U.S. Marshal Morgan is in Gun Hill to arrest the man who raped and murdered his wife. The only problem is that the man is the son of an old friend Craig Belden who owns the town.
2) The decent stakeout western with Kirk Douglas & Anthony Quinn.


CONS –
1) Carolyn Jones’s character of Linda dragged the story.

 

 


QUOTE –
Marshal Morgan: Isn’t there anybody in this town that’s not afraid of Craig Belden?
Bartender’: Sure! Graveyard’s full of them!

Cat Ballou (1965)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young woman named Catherine hires two bumbling, amateur cattle hustlers, and a notorious gunman to avenge his father’s death.
2) Lee Marvin plays Kid Shelleen & his twin Tim Strawn who is also the primary antagonist. Tim is the only memorable character as the intimidating nose-less villain wearing an artificial silver nose.

 

 


CONS –
1) This movie is anything but good. A childish screenplay with annoying performances from all actors. It’s baffling how this movie managed its place in AFI’s 10 Top 10.
2) The performance of Lee Marvin is decent but definitely not worth an Oscar. His filmography is full of much better performances.
3) “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” by Nat King Cole & Stubby Kaye is equally annoying.

 

 

QUOTE –
Cat: Some gang! An Indian ranch hand, a drunken gunfighter, a sex maniac, and an uncle!

Stagecoach (1939)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A group of strangers from different strata of society, traveling from Tonto to Lordsburg, fighting Indians led by Geronimo and also their prejudices.
2) Some groundbreaking cinematography and chase sequences for a 1939 movie.
3) John Ford gave John Wayne possibly one of the best entrance in cinematic history.
4) A pivotal movie in terms screenplay and character development. We can see it’s influence all over western movies.

 

 

CONS –
1) While the movie began as a moral story of social prejudice among strangers, it ended with a cliched shootout.

 

 


QUOTE –
Dallas: Doc, haven’t I any right to live? What have I done?
Dr. Boone: We’re the victims of a foul disease called social prejudice, my child.

Hombre (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) A group of stagecoach passengers are counting on a man for survival when they got robbed by a gang led by fellow passenger. It’s a social commentary on civilization where the fellow passengers were initially despising the character but eventually turned to him for help.
2) Paul Newman played the title character of the white man raised by Apaches. A unique character however very similar to “The Man With No Name”.
3) I’ll regard this movie as Martin Ritt’s version of Stagecoach (1939). The primary plot is same however he concentrated more on the philosophical part of it rather than going for a generic Western shootout finale.

 

 

CONS –
1) Another film where Paul Newman’s character dies in the end.

 

 

QUOTE –
Audra Favor: I can’t imagine eating a dog and not thinking anything of it.
John Russell: You even been hungry, lady? Not just ready for supper. Hungry enough so that your belly swells?
Audra Favor: I wouldn’t care how hungry I got. I know I wouldn’t eat one of those camp dogs.
John Russell: You’d eat it. You’d fight for the bones, too.

Bend of the River (1952)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Two men with a history of violence scouting homesteader’s wagon train. The primary theme is whether a person with an unlawful past can be given a second chance.
2) Full of adventurous wagon chase action where the limited food supplies are sought by new settlers as well as by gold miners.

 

 

CONS –
N/A


QUOTE –
Jeremy Baile: When an apple’s rotten, there’s nothing you can do except throw it away or it will spoil the whole barrel.
Glyn McLyntock: Well, there’s a difference between men and apples.

Ace High (1968)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Cat and Hutch’s story picks up from where we left last time in God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967). In this movie, they are joined by Cacopoulos, a man poised for revenge from his 3 heist partners who put him in jail for 15 years.
2) Eli Wallach’s performance as Cacopoulos is funny as well as emotional as we came to know about his back story. His grandfather’s quotes are equally amusing.
3) The final Casino heist.
4) Hutch’s boxing match.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Cacopoulos: My grandfather used to say, ‘One partner is not enough, two is too many.’

God Forgives… I Don’t! (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A train is robbed and the man (Bill San Antonio) suspected of the robbery had been supposedly dead long before.
2) Being the first film in Terence Hill & Bud Spencer series of adventures, we can see how different the characters really are in this movie. It’s not a comedy western but an out and out Spaghetti Western. While Terence Hill (as Cat) is playing the usual drifter character, Bud Spencer (as Hutch) is playing an insurance agent in search of the stolen gold.
3) Bill San Antonio‘s monologue before the duel where he faked his own death.

 

 

CONS –
1) This story deserved a better execution with a better soundtrack.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
There’s one thing you haven’t got clear, dead man. I’m dealing the cards this time.