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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2016, 02:06:36 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2017, 07:10:42 PM »

I seemed to like it a lot more than anybody on here.
It's the weakest of Boetticher's "range Westerns" but it's still very good.

8/10

You aint on your own mate, I think it's very good indeed.


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Comanche Station is produced and directed by Budd Boetticher and stars Randolph Scott, Claude Akins, Nancy Gates, Skip Homeier & Richard Rust. It's written by Burt Kennedy with music and cinematography from Mischa Bakaleinikoff & Charles Lawton Jr. respectively.

Jefferson Cody has for many years been looking for his wife who was kidnapped by Indians. Taking time out from his futile search, he trades with the Comanches to get a woman, Nancy Gates, released. During the journey back to reunite Nancy with her husband, they run into an outlaw and his two protégés. Stating that the Comanches are on their trail and speaking about a reward being offered for Nancy, relations start to disintegrate by the hour.

This was to be the last of seven collaborations between director Budd Boetticher and Western legend Randolph Scott, and it's a most fitting sign off from the duo. Between them they managed to make Westerns with an almost haunting cloud hanging over them, themes of loneliness, complex characters and scenarios segue throughout their output. Here in this fine picture we find Scott's Cody in a complete state of loneliness, but outside of the pain the character clearly carries with him, Cody is a classic Western hero, courage and integrity are fortitude's by which he lives his life. As this tale unfolds it's evident that Boetticher isn't prepared to offer up conventional Western standards, this, like many of Boetticher's other Westerns, is not a standard Oater, a good versus evil fable, it's a cunningly intelligent picture that's both sad in texture, and also in heart. The film is boosted by Charles Lawton Jr's camera work as he captures some stunning outdoor scenery, the rugged rocks and dusky land creates some striking compositions around the troubled characters.

See this if you are one of those people who thinks Westerns were merely an excuse for Cowboys and Indians high jinx. Boetticher and Scott, leading lights in the sub genre that featured the Ranown Westerns. 8/10

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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2017, 02:37:55 AM »

Fine film, Boetticher is always good, sometimes very good. Less than two years later Peckinpah sort of ended this period of US Western with the fantastic RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (photographed by Lucien Ballard, who had worked few times with Boetticher in the 50s).

I filmed Budd Boetticher 20 years ago at the Munich Film Fest and included the half-hour film on the German Blu-ray for COMANCHESTATION, quite entertaining Smiley.

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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2017, 04:05:19 AM »

Fine film, Boetticher is always good, sometimes very good. Less than two years later Peckinpah sort of ended this period of US Western with the fantastic RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (photographed by Lucien Ballard, who had worked few times with Boetticher in the 50s).

I filmed Budd Boetticher 20 years ago at the Munich Film Fest and included the half-hour film on the German Blu-ray for COMANCHESTATION, quite entertaining Smiley.

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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2017, 04:47:40 AM »

Yes, 'loved the man (his name is German by the way).
We got along quite well because I didn't ask him the usual question but about more lesser-known facts, like TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA ....

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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2017, 02:08:34 PM »

Yes, 'loved the man (his name is German by the way).
We got along quite well because I didn't ask him the usual question but about more lesser-known facts, like TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA ....

According to Frayling, Boetticher hated "Two Mules" - they turned his Western into a Spaghetti Grin

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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 03:10:11 PM »

According to Frayling, Boetticher hated "Two Mules" - they turned his Western into a Spaghetti Grin

Which is in parts true. The film would have been very different if made by Budd.

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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2017, 03:13:49 PM »

Yes, 'loved the man (his name is German by the way).
We got along quite well because I didn't ask him the usual question but about more lesser-known facts, like TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA ....

Has anybody ever seen the original script for TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA, before the changes?

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