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« #45 : January 24, 2019, 03:25:55 PM »

My first post about it:

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Ok saw this BL wewstern on AMC (Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Anthony Quinn) had a few quotes used by Leone, it has the scene just after the part where in FAFDM when Lee Van Cleef strikes the match on Wild's hump. Warlock has a similar scene as the one where Wild goes for his gun and is prevented in doing so. Widmark does the same thing to one of his fellow ranch hands, (no match no hump).

Warlock also has a lot of backshooting attempt scenes where the attempts both out in the open and consealed under or behind things are foiled, think the end of AFOD. It has a markmanship target practice with bottles, where have we seen these before, a SW staple, lol.

Its very loosely based on the story of the Earps in Tombstone. Townies against cowboys

Fonda is a hired gun hired by the town to be the town Marshall, he has a reputation for cleaning up towns his getup also has twin gold handeled colts (based on Earp). (another SW qoute in another film)

Quinn is a crippled gunfighter gambler friend of Fonda(Doc Holliday anyone?) who sets up shop in Warlock

Fonda and Quinn are dressed similar to LVC, but the film also is incredibly slowed down by two love interests between Fonda with one, and  Quinn and Widmark with the other. Its just a good primer flic to see what things in the AW's were like "BL" Before Leone.


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« #46 : January 25, 2019, 02:48:55 AM »

... but the film also is incredibly slowed down by two love interests between Fonda with one, and  Quinn and Widmark with the other. Its just a good primer flic to see what things in the AW's were like "BL" Before Leone.

Only that US westerns had also already changed in the 5 (or more precisely 8) years between, actually they were constantly changing since 1939, and Warlock is (like Penn's The Left Handed Gun) just an extreme example of the partly overdone psychological attempts in the late 50s. And both are good examples for the genre's flexibility in the 50s.



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« #47 : January 25, 2019, 02:52:22 AM »

For me, the directing, plotting and actors were more than enough to negate that.

Of course, that's why I still like the film. Unlike a pretty mediocre film like Firecreek (1977), in which the pretentious dialogues are a much bigger problem.

Warlock could have become a big classic of the genre, the ingredients are there, but the match ball wasn't played elegantly enough.


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