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« : June 25, 2011, 10:28:03 AM »

It's interesting to note how assessments of this vary at IMDB. I think the truth is in the middle, of course. Murphy isn't playing bad at all (he couldn't have not learnt anything after almost 20 years in the business) and the last scene offers him to show what he was supposed to have been like in Europe in his youth. Kenneth Tobey is an excellent villain (though one wonders why Murphy is so stupid to trail him along after he has all the reasons to keep him away from him). The plot is nothing original buyt the pace is good, some scenes wave between the effective and the goofy (the hand to hand fights, for example: they're too long) and the budget is small (the Apache Wells outpost is embarrassing: just a sheep corrall with two huts in the middle). But it is moderately entertaining with the final scene earning it the 6\10.


« #1 : February 08, 2017, 08:30:27 PM »

Just Pass.

40 Guns to Apache Pass is directed by William Witney and written by Willard and Mary Willingham. It stars Audie Murphy and Kenneth Tobey. Music is by Richard LaShelle and Jaques R. Marquette photographs it in Pathe Color with location work coming at Lovejoy Buttes, Red Rock Canyon and North Ranch in California.

The Apaches, led by Cochise (Michael Keep), are on the warpath and vowing to kill all whites they come across. Captain Bruce Coburn (Murphy) is in charge of leading homesteaders out of harms way. But there is unrest in the band of men under his charge and mutiny is afoot.

This was the last but one film Murphy made before retiring, you feel that he hoped this would be a fitting swan song to his career. It wasn't. Saddled with a weak script and surrounded by wooden supporting actors, Murphy alone can't make this lacklustre, cliché riddled, Western work. There's some nice scenery shot by Witney and Marquette, but with LaShelle scoring it like an episode of Scooby Doo the impact is lost. It would be easy to blame director Witney, a man more than capable of stringing together an action based movie, but asking him to try and make this particular screenplay stretch to over an hour and half was asking for the impossible.

3/10 for Murphy's manful efforts to carry such a low-budget, routine and forgettable piece.

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