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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2010, 05:02:42 PM »

TCM doesn't censor much of anything.

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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2010, 05:05:06 PM »

It always gives me fits of laughter.

I laughed pretty hard at Omar Sharif's impromptu mariachi dance.

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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2010, 06:00:00 PM »

Dug up a pretty funny DVD Talk review:

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MACKENNA'S GOLD (1969) is tedious western starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif. As the story opens, Marshall Sam Mackenna (Peck) is given a map by a dying Indian to a legendary stash of Apache gold. After burning the map, he is captured by the criminal named Colorado (a badly miscast Sharif), who wants Mackenna to lead him to the gold. The remainder of the film involves Mackenna, Colorado, and the rest of their band making their way to the mythical canyon that supposedly houses the treasure.

This, simply put, is not a very good movie. At 127 minutes, it's about 30 minutes longer than the material seems to require and the story just seems to drag on unnecessarily. I knew that I was in for a frustrating film experience when I began checking the elapsed time before the opening credits even finished. These credits are accompanied by a terrible theme song and rambling narration that lasts over seven minutes before the actual story begins . . . not a good sign. The bloated cast includes not only Peck and Sharif, but also Keenan Wynn, Burgess Meredith, Edward G. Robinson, Eli Wallach, and others -- so many that they are reduced to a series of nearly pointless cameo appearances. And the increased resolution of DVD will allow you to marvel at all of the terrible special effects in MACKENNA'S GOLD. Annoying rear projection, obvious miniature work, bad matte paintings -- this film has it all.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/1221/mackennas-gold/?___rd=1

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« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2010, 08:55:38 PM »

yea pretty much hits all the points Afro

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« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2010, 10:30:43 PM »

Heck, I have no memory of Keenan Wynn at all. Who the hell was he?

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« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2010, 01:56:23 AM »

This is truly a real turkey. 2/10

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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2010, 05:44:49 AM »

This is truly a real turkey. 2/10

The perfect Thanksgiving movie!

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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2010, 09:57:20 AM »

The perfect Thanksgiving movie!

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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2010, 11:21:34 AM »

Must only be a matter of time until the remake!

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« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2010, 01:23:27 PM »

Just read on IMDB Clint was the first choice for Peck's role. It was probably a wise move for him to pass on it...

...Er, except he did Hang 'Em High instead. Undecided

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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2010, 02:25:29 PM »

Well, Clint has never been psychic; also, it's understandable that he'd feel a certain sense of loyalty to his old Rawhide director, Ted Post.

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« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2010, 07:37:08 PM »

Well, Clint has never been psychic; also, it's understandable that he'd feel a certain sense of loyalty to his old Rawhide director, Ted Post.

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« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2011, 04:55:48 PM »

Heck, I have no memory of Keenan Wynn at all. Who the hell was he?

He's playing a mexican...

Resaw this after so many years and found it good, again, even though I can't understand what Peck has against Julie Newmar. I think it has all these incredible landscapes, good special effects (yeah, jenkins, the earthquake sucks but I like the idea of the canyon shadow, the gold on a small part of the walls and the crumblings down are very well made). I cannot appreciate the song because in the italian version I saw the lyrics have been translated and sung by Nico Fidenco, I guess. I am sure that Feliciano's version must be better. 7\10

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« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2011, 05:47:30 AM »

Uuuhh, I think of all the better known westerns (those with a decent budget and a more or less well known cast) this is one of the worst. 2/10

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« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2011, 05:57:48 AM »

Uuuhh, I think of all the better known westerns (those with a decent budget and a more or less well known cast) this is one of the worst. 2/10


Personally I'd only watch it again for incredible landscapes on Julie Newmar  Azn

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