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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Forsaken (2015) on: July 31, 2017, 12:23:51 AM
Forsaken (2015) In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempts to make amends with his estranged father Reverend Samuel Clayton while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

Director: Jon Cassar
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland

One of the truths of the old west is those who try the hardest to avoid trouble usually end up finding it in spades as is the case of Kiefer Sutherland in Forsaken (2015). Forsaken features an 80’s reunion of sorts which finds Demi Moore who co-stars as Sutherland’s former flame, now married with children. Also co-starring is Kiefer’s veteran actor father Donald Sutherland, who doesn’t have to act too much as the two men play father and son.

Kiefer is a civil war veteran who arrives home years after the war ends and finds himself at odds with his preacher father. In the meantime, a land hungry businessman played by the terrific Brian Cox sets his hired gunmen out on the local farmers in an effort to buy their lands through nefarious means. Kiefer tries his best to avoid getting involved but trouble hits too close to home forcing him to pick up his guns once more and seek a justice that only a gunslinger can provide. Forsaken has some powerful dramatic and action sequences with a pace that keeps you glued to the screen. I found Forsaken to be highly enjoyable and one of the better modern westerns to come out in recent times. ~Steve~
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Gunfight in Abilene (1967) on: July 29, 2017, 10:50:02 AM
Gunfight in Abilene (1967) Gun shy after killing a friend, a former Confederate officer (Bobby Darin) reluctantly becomes sheriff.

Director: William Hale
Stars: Bobby Darin, Emily Banks, Leslie Nielsen

60’s crooner Bobby Darin stars as a former confederate soldier turned sheriff in this 1967 horse town oater Gunfight in Abilene. After the civil war, Cal Wayne returns home and finds his former flame, played by the lovely Emily Banks, engaged to a childhood friend and town cattle baron (Leslie Nielsen). Sparks fly when Nielsen’s hired right hand man, Joe Slade, causes trouble between the cattlemen and farmers, forcing the sheriff to confront his former friend and bring peace to the town. The movie is held together by a delightful theme song “Amy” written by Darin. Gunfight in Abilene also features the film debut of actor Michael Sarrazin. ~Steve~
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Rebel in Town (1956) on: April 23, 2017, 06:31:58 PM
Werker is an interesting director of some small budgeted westerns in the mid 50s. This one I don't know yet.

The Last Posse is recommemded.

Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for it...  Smiley
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Rebel in Town (1956) on: April 22, 2017, 04:51:05 PM
Director: Alfred L. Werker
 
Stars:
John Payne
Ruth Roman
J. Carrol Naish
Ben Cooper
John Smith
Ben Johnson
 
- After the Civil War, tragedy occurs when a small family of former confederate soldiers ride into a town for supplies.
 
 
 
With perhaps the most shocking and brutal slaying of a child I've ever seen in the opening sequences of a 50's western, Rebel in Town delivers a tragic and dramatic story of personal conflict, betrayal and emotional heartache shared by all parties involved.
 
The terrific performances by this stellar cast keeps you on the hook until the exciting conclusion.
 
Rebel in Town can be seen this month on the Starz Western channel. 8/10
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Forty Guns (1957) on: April 02, 2017, 10:49:00 PM
Forty Guns (1957)
 
An authoritarian rancher, Barbara Stanwyck, rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. Stanwyck falls in love with a new marshall (Sullivan) who arrives in town to set things straight. Both have itchy-fingered brothers and when a female gunmaker enters the picture, things go desperately wrong.
 
Director - Samuel Fuller
Stars -  Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger
 
 
 
Barbara Stanwyck is the big name on this film but it is Barry Sullivan's turn as the the gun-fighting marshal that makes this fun to watch.  Tragic consequences gives this medium percolating drama some depth and it has a killer ending that makes it worth it. 7/10
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Red Sundown (1956) on: March 28, 2017, 11:05:27 PM
Red Sundown (1956)
Directed by Jack Arnold
Stars Rory Calhoun, Dean Jagger, Robert Middleton

This is no standard meat & potato horse drama thanks to Rory Calhoun’s turn as a cool as ice, tough-talking gunslinger turned deputy’s sheriff.

After making a promise to a dying friend Calhoun turns a new leaf and hires on with a with a small horse town sheriff (Dean Jagger) and quickly gets himself in the middle of a turf war between local farmers and a cattle baron (Robert Middleton). Calhoun finds romance with the sheriff’s daughter played by the easy on the eyes Martha Hyer. He also finds trouble when he is forced to face off against a hired gun played by Grant Williams in a role that would have better suited for Dan Duryea.

Watch out for a small part at the beginning with the interminable Leo Gordon and a catchy opening song. 7/10
7  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Apache Drums (1951) on: March 23, 2017, 10:43:40 PM
Seems worthwhile, I'll put it on my list.  Afro
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Gun Battle at Monterey (1957) on: March 23, 2017, 10:41:52 PM
thanks for the heads up Spike....It's a damn shame when a pretty good cast is wasted away in a snorer as this one seems to be.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / The Hangman (1959) on: March 23, 2017, 10:34:58 PM
The Hangman (1959)
 
Directed by Michael Curtiz
 
Stars Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord

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A marshal nicknamed "The Hangman" because of his track record in hunting down and capturing wanted criminals traces a robbery suspect to a small town. However, the man is known and liked in the town, and the citizens band together to try to help him avoid capture.

I had a chance to see The Hangman on Starz Western and though I love watching a Robert Taylor film this movie, despite all the credentials, didn't really deliver. Robert Taylor seems out of place in this role and his presence didn't make up for a weak story. I suppose I expected more from a movie directed by Michael Curtiz but it really seemed like a long drawn out episode of a tv western show. The only really worthwhile thing about this movie are the titillating scenes with Tina Louise. Come for the movie, stay for the Tina bathtub scenes and other various states of half-dressed! 6/10
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Fury at Showdown (1957) on: February 21, 2017, 01:49:45 PM
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Reformed ex-convict Brock Mitchell (John Derek) completes a prison sentence for shooting a man in a desperate act of self-defense and travels to the ranch run by his brother, Tracy (Nick Adams). Now an outcast in his own hometown, Brock throws himself into raising animals and working the land. As the newly reconciled Mitchells make up for lost time, vicious gunslinger Miley Sutton (John Smith) finds himself on the payroll of the crooked brother of the man Brock killed.

Such is the plot of this excellent western that I was fortunate to watch on the Starz Western channel a few months ago.
 
The first good thing about this movie is fans of the tv show Laramie might get a kick out watching John Smith play against type as the villainous gunslinger and he plays it up with gusto.
 
The other good thing is Fury at Showdown may be a B Western and it packs a lot of punch into its running time but it also lives up to it's name.
 
This movie quite possibly features the most vicious knock-down, gut-busting, fist-bruising, bloody, knuckle-duster I have ever seen in a western since Shane. At times the fight seems so realistic that I actually think the actors got into a real fist fight!
 
This is a good one and highly recommendable. 7/10
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Quiet Gun (1957) on: February 21, 2017, 08:04:50 AM
Never seen it thanks for the heads up. PS AlamoScout210, try and always give your source, TV, cable, DVD, VHS, etc., etc., so the rest of us who are interested can give it a look-see.  Afro

got it!

I edited my post to include where I watched it.

thanks for the tip!
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / The Quiet Gun (1957) on: February 20, 2017, 09:57:51 PM
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Sheriff Carl Brandon must uphold the law and prevent a lynching when his best friend is accused of murder and immorality by the townsfolk.

Forrest Tucker stars in this movie I just happened to catch for the first time a few months ago on the Starz Western channel and I took to it like a flea to a dog. Forrest has had many good roles in many great westerns, but here he really stands out as the feature headliner as a sheriff whose easy going manner belies his handiness with a gun. Forrest is surrounded by a well recognizable supporting cast - Mara Corday, Jim Davis, Lee Van Cleef & Hank Worden.

In a lot of ways The Quiet Gun reminds of High Noon.  Maybe not in the same class but it's just as entertaining with a terrific ending.

This movie is highly recommendable especially for Forrest Tucker fans. 8/10
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Lawless Breed (1953) on: February 20, 2017, 09:36:44 PM
I think that many don't like this because the hero has nothing to do with the real John Wesley Hardin. But if you take it for what it is, you have a fast-moving, not very original but well madeflick with Julie Adams looking her best. Hudson doesn't fit into the part, but it's good for the romance. Wonderful photograhy. 7\10

I agree with all these points.

It took awhile for me to warm up to Hudson but the more I watched his westerns the more he grew on me. Lawless isn't his best western but it's decent enough to watch 90 minutes away.
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Raid (1954) on: February 20, 2017, 12:02:45 PM
I like this one too although it's little tough to  see a favorite actor like Van in this role as the antagonist. He played it almost too good. He makes me want to sympathize with his character even though his intentions are less than savory.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Gunman's Walk (1958) on: February 20, 2017, 11:47:55 AM

Good to see you here mate  Afro Afro

thanks spike!  Afro

any of the other fellas make it over here?
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