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« on: July 05, 2010, 11:41:24 AM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057298/


For whatever reason I remembered this one being watchable, and I knew it was directed by the infamous Andrew V. McLaglen all along... This shitfest is horrendous from start to finish: it's a full circle of seemingly never-ending 127 minutes (!!!!!) of agonizing pain, filled with the foulest simple-minded jabbering one could think of, that drained bone dry even John Wayne's leading charisma and Maureen O'Hara's sex appeal put together. Congratulations.


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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2010, 03:07:14 PM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057298/


For whatever reason I remembered this one being watchable, and I knew it was directed by the infamous Andrew V. McLaglen all along... This shitfest is horrendous from start to finish: it's a full circle of seemingly never-ending 127 minutes (!!!!!) of agonizing pain, filled with the foulest simple-minded jabbering one could think of, that drained bone dry even John Wayne's leading charisma and Maureen O'Hara's sex appeal put together. Congratulations.


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I tried watching it and couldn't go beyond 15 minutes. After having read somewhere that it was good I bought the dvd, thinking it might have been the dubbing the reason for disgust. But your review seals it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 01:50:33 AM »

I tried watching it and couldn't go beyond 15 minutes. After having read somewhere that it was good I bought the dvd, thinking it might have been the dubbing the reason for disgust. But your review seals it.

Yeah it's hard to swallow. I'll tell you a secret: I made it through the first hour in one piece, but after that the ''fast forward'' button took over more than once. I'm not tolerant as I used to be anymore...

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 05:59:06 PM »

Just saw this. I'm generally not into comedies, but I didn't think this one was too bad Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011, 01:26:45 PM »

Just saw this. I'm generally not into comedies, but I didn't think this one was too bad Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 12:29:36 PM »

Hee, I love how I'm constantly being surprised by how some of you guys react to Oaters. One of Duke's better films for me, certainly I would have it in his top quarter.

Why does it have to be you that stirs me?

McLintock! is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and written by James Edward Grant. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, Patrick Wayne and Stefanie Powers. Music is by Frank De Vol and cinematography by William H. Clothier. It's a Panavision/Technicolor production and locations used for the shoot were Nogales, Old Tucson and San Rafael Ranch State Park, Arizona, USA. A loose reworking of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, plot finds Duke Wayne as cattle baron George Washington McLintock, whose estranged wife Katherine (O'Hara) returns with daughter Becky (Powers) to the family town after a two year absence. Having left George originally on suspicion of him committing adultery, she now wants a divorce and with it full custody of Becky. George isn't keen on the idea and Katherine's arrival in town also signals the arrival of chaos.

Produced out of John Wayne's own Batjac Productions company, McLintock! became one of Wayne's most successful and popular movies of the 60's. Played for laughs, film sees Wayne surrounded by family and friends and this shines thru in the final product. It looks, and was, a fun production, its values may be dated a great deal now, but it's easy to see why the paying public warmed to it. Wayne is in his element as the tough, hard drinking and no nonsense title character, and those playing off of him are in tune with what's needed to make the comedy work. The action is well staged by McLaglen, especially a free for all punch up at a mud pit, and Clothier's photography beautifully brings the Arizona locales out from the screen. A touch too long at just over two hours, it still manages to last the course to deliver the goods for the western/comedy seeker. 7/10

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2017, 01:57:31 PM »

One of McLalala's better westerns. 4/10

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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2017, 02:07:48 PM »

Old-fashioned, of course. I enjoyed it, but then again I am a Duke-fan
and I also like the whole Ford / Wayne stock company. Next to THE WILD GEESE
and CHISUM McLaglen's only good directorial effort, besides those he made
a lot of stinkers.

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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2017, 02:29:24 PM »

I think Chisum is terrible (and I liked it as a kid), very badly directed, terrible dialogues, lots of boring cliches. Just like Bandolero a film which should have easily become at least a solid western, with such casts and such stories, but McLalala really wastes them.
And he must be blamed for being responsible that Wayne's and Stewart's later western output is too often underwhelming.

But yes, later he made some solid action pieces with The Wild Geese and North Sea Hijack.  But his westerns ...


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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 03:34:19 PM »

I don't like CHISUM either, except for the fact that it came across quite nicely on the big screen, back in the 80s,
I would rate it only as "good" because his other westerns are much worse.

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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2017, 05:28:27 AM »

I think Chisum is terrible (and I liked it as a kid), very badly directed, terrible dialogues, lots of boring cliches. Just like Bandolero a film which should have easily become at least a solid western, with such casts and such stories, but McLalala really wastes them.
And he must be blamed for being responsible that Wayne's and Stewart's later western output is too often underwhelming.

But yes, later he made some solid action pieces with The Wild Geese and North Sea Hijack.  But his westerns ...

I would be adding The Devil's Brigade (1968) to any list of his action films of note.

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