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Title: Land Raiders (1969)
Post by: cigar joe on November 17, 2009, 09:45:07 PM
Dir by Nathan Juran, Land Raiders stars Greek actors Telly Savalas and George Maharis,  with Arlene Dahl,  Janet Landgard, Guy Rolfe,, Paul Picerni, Phil Brown, George Coulouris, among others. a Euro Western shot in Hungary & Spain.

Savalas just does not belong in Westerns all I see is Telly Savalas, he's not that believable and really can't pull it off very well, the best Westerns I've seen him in are The Scalphunters and Pancho Villa and they aren't the cream of the crop. I don't think I'll go out of my way to watch another.

I had to watch this one twice I kept falling asleep.

Its basic story is evil Savalas is paying bounty on the scalps of Apaches in order to take over more land for his ranch, Maharis his brother has lost his love and wanders about making love to beautiful senoritas and doing something, what I can't quite put a finger on probably because I fell asleep again, lol. Its got some bloody scalping sequences and cavalry vs native sequences but LIKE EVERY EURO OR SPAGHETTI WESTERN I've seen where they involve Native Americans they get it WRONG. Here they have Apaches looking like Sioux AGAIN and have them living in typical Plains Indian tipis. Apaches lived traditionally in GRASS HUTS.

The best feature of this film is the score by Bruno Nicolai.

Skip this one, BABY.
Title: Re: Land Raiders (1969)
Post by: Dust Devil on November 18, 2009, 12:19:31 AM
You dare rip the Kojak...
Title: Re: Land Raiders (1969)
Post by: cigar joe on November 18, 2009, 06:07:06 AM
He really can't play a convincing 19th century man, lol, sort of like Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop of the Rat Pack only Dean Martin could do it,  simple ;)
Title: Re: Land Raiders (1969)
Post by: Dust Devil on November 18, 2009, 08:05:29 AM
It was probably more a matter of charisma and looks rather than acting ability or versatility. I think he was one of those guys everybody loved watching but rare few would put a penny on him being a good actor. lol, which he (probably) wasn't anyway. I was just joking anyway.
Title: Re: Land Raiders (1969)
Post by: titoli on April 08, 2010, 03:49:30 PM
I think Maharis is the weak link here. He can't even start to think he can stand up to Savalas. Who may not look the part but he owns the screen, draws your attention to him even if the screenplay (and the spanishy indians) put you to sleep. Still I found this fun to watch and the death of Savalas (memorable) made me suspect I might have watched this in a theatre. 7\10