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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2007, 05:42:46 PM »

I enjoyed watching the various quotes that Leone used otherwise it was a little overly melodramatic and the sets looked a bit cheap. Mercedes McCambridge & Joan Crawford were pretty bizzare characters.
miss crawford & mercedes got into it. miss crawford put all of mercedes' costumes in the trunk of her car and spread them over a 40 miles off a backroad slowing down production. yesh ! queen of the bitchslap  Evil

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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2007, 05:52:38 PM »

great story  Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2007, 12:08:39 PM »

Is Johnny Guitar available anywhere? I want a copy of this bad!

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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2007, 12:15:43 PM »

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Is Johnny Guitar available anywhere? I want a copy of this bad!

  Sorry, Tucumcari, I don't think its available, but try ebay for a vendor if you're hard up.  I checked over at TCM's website, Johnny Guitar isn't scheduled in the next couple of months, but it has received a large number of votes, 389, and is ranked 69 overall so maybe this will be up for one of those Warner's "You Choose the DVD" selections.

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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2007, 12:17:10 PM »

If you want I can send you a copy. I taped it off AMC a few years ago, and it has commercials, but you can skip those.

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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2007, 01:39:45 PM »

Thanks a lot Tim and Peacemaker, but I'll just wait for a release somewhere down the road. I could see your taped copy Peacemaker but I hate commericals during a movie if you know what I mean. I appreciate it though!

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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2007, 02:52:24 PM »

































.......THE MUSICAL!!!!!


This is not a joke BTW:
http://www.johnnyguitarthemusical.com/




I couldn't believe it when I stumbled across this.

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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2007, 05:18:49 PM »

Uh, thanks for finding that (I think)........ Undecided

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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2007, 01:04:47 PM »

Uh, thanks for finding that (I think)........ Undecided

I just posted it because it looks so pathetic.


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« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2007, 05:35:34 AM »

According to somebody on the IMDB it's actually a decent show. . . though I can't say I'm too excited about it.  Grin

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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2007, 04:39:13 PM »

What's the hold up here of the Region 1 DVD release! I want to see this.  Angry

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« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2009, 02:55:03 PM »

I remember this was shown in a film school class but i fell asleep soon after it started (screening rooms are a great place to catch up on zzzzzzzzzzzz's)Smiley
just watched a tape of the AMC showing.

Now i know why this a favorite of gay men. The relationships all seem to have a homo-erotic subtext:
- Dancin' Kid seems more concerned for Turkey than just a 'friend/gang member" winwink nudgenudge
- Emma seems to be acting out a jealous lesbian rage. I think the real reason she hates Crawford so much is because she loves men.

Am I being too freudian here?
dunno.

btw they did do location shooting along with the sets. more than a Hitchcock film at least

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« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2009, 03:57:52 PM »

About the movie... Did you like it?

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« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2012, 05:25:01 PM »

Blu-ray in August: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0082LUGPI/ref=nosim?tag=dvdbeaver-20&link_code=as3&creativeASIN=B0082LUGPI&creative=373489&camp=211189

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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2012, 03:58:35 AM »

This is one of the worst Westerns ever made 0/10

I was just watching the commentary on OUATITW. Seems like Johnny Guitar was one of the biggest references for the "quotations" of Westerns in OUATITW. Frayling says that Leone specifically said that Harmonica's harmonica is a reference to Johnny's guitar.

I don't know what the hell Leone, Bertolucci, et al. saw in Johnny Guitar, which has to be one of the worst Westerns I have ever seen. (Roger Ebert put it in his Great Movies list http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080508/REVIEWS08/650962984/1023 )
 I saw it once, a while ago, when it played on TCM. So far as I know, there is no Region 1 dvd of it; it's available cheaply on eBay on one of those Korean dvd's (region-free NTSC, English with optional Korean subtitles), but no proper Region 1 dvd release.

I recall liking 3 things: A) the gang's hideout was a nice set; B) Ernest Borgnine is always fun; and C) there is one funny shot of Crawford playing her piano in the saloon with the candles, you never see that in a Western, it's almost surreal. That's it. Other than those minor points, this movie was painful to watch.

You can talk about the symbolism, McCarthyism, the queer innuendo, whatever you want to.  This movie is awful from beginning to end.
But it did produce one great line someone said about it: It's Beauty and the Beast... with Sterling Hayden as Beauty Grin Grin Grin
(As for the authorship of that line: Ebert cites critic Dennic Schwartz who attributes that line to Francois Truffaut; while in the bottom paragraph of the movie's page on  TCM's website, while discussing the film's popularity, it simply quotes Truffaut as saying the movie  is Beauty and the Beast of Westerns -- as a means of demonstrating the high esteem it is held in --  but without the punchline. Well, whoever it was that said it, it is a damn funny line).

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