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« on: February 05, 2010, 02:42:38 PM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062479/


Andy McLaglen is a legend: how can you have Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Richard Widmark in the cast and direct a completely, absolutely, undeniably mediocre picture like this? I can't understand. I'm not even sure it's possible by the laws of this universe. If this was truly bad I'd understand; they did something wrong, fucked up a a few turns, messed up the rhythm, got lost and couldn't recuperate, just fuck it. But no, the cast all around gives solid performances and the script isn't bad at all, yet nothing, nothing happens even when something is, apparently, happening. McLaglen's inability to create a minimal amount of dramatic illusion and band together the various episodes is irritating as it is amazing, and perhaps even more so as the cinematography looks neat.


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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 04:52:08 PM »

I have to admit that I saw this one too, in a theater in 1967.  I didn't think much of it.  A year later GBU came to Phoenix.

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 05:44:18 PM »

I'd probably rate it a little lower too if I saw it in a theater, but since I was able to take a refreshment break every now and then...

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 08:13:14 PM »

Ah yes, I remember watching this snoozefest about a year back on TCm on demand. I couldn't finish the movie, I felt it almost ubearable to watch.

Although, I do give credit for the scene in which the wagon train must sacrifice one of their own for the death of a native. That was a pretty good scene, the rest was like watching paint dry.

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010, 07:36:54 AM »

I corrected my rating; checking on IMDb I mistakenly wrote 6 instead of 5.

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010, 07:49:44 AM »

And, needless to say (although I just have to, sorry) - Jack Elam snatches yet another great ''supporting weirdo'' role.

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2010, 01:55:58 PM »

McLaglen is the biggest hack in Hollywood history. He's the Michael Bay of his era, but without anything resembling a distinct style.

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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2010, 03:33:23 PM »

McLaglen is the biggest hack in Hollywood history. He's the Michael Bay of his era, but without anything resembling a distinct style.
Grin I like that. "The Michael Bay of his era." Wish I'd written that--hey, I just did!

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2010, 04:25:15 PM »

In fairness to Bay though, he does have his own signature style, crappy though it is. McLaglen liberally pilfers from Ford, Siegel, Peckinpah and anyone else who once made a film vaguely similar to the one he's making now.

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