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« : January 08, 2011, 03:43:11 AM »

Well, this turned out to be a huge disappointment. Apparently not even Robert Aldrich and a stellar cast at hand were enough to make it watchable. No wonder it doesn't have a thread of its own.

The beginning of the movie: just watch it, and tell me it doesn't remind you of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, seriously. It's a great beginning with lots of action and humor. Of course, it only resembles (an aspect of) GBU, it is not even closely good, but at least at that point I felt Aldrich was trying. It was never mentioned, at least I didn't see/hear it here or elsewhere, so I sincerely doubt it inspired Sergio Leone. However, in this world apparently anything and everything is possible, so I encourage you guys to watch it and tell me what you think. (Yeah, speaking of that beginning, yet again they use and waste Jack Elam in a couple of minutes. Bastards.)

Once they hit town all starts going to waste. Slapstick comedy with a bunch of cliched characters with poor lines pushing their way around.

Frankie Sinatra was okay overall, but I didn't much like Dean-O Martin-O. Charlie Bronson plays a... character. As usual, Victor Buono steals the show.

Now 'bout the ladies: Ursula Andress yet again does nothing for me. My mother often said how beautiful she was when she was younger, and my father actually saw her once in Paris (back in the 70s, I believe), and he shares my opinion.

And best for last: Anita Ekberg. Not much of a role in the movie until the very end, also a little too much whipped cream, yeah, but boy, she's just gorgeous all around, every angle. :-*


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« #1 : January 08, 2011, 10:33:20 AM »

I do believe Anita Ekberg's.....attributes, are the only element that make the film watchable.

As you said though, they did try. And the opening of the movie was pretty cool, reminded me of GBU in a second. Rest of the movie goes downhill.

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« #2 : January 08, 2011, 12:10:31 PM »

Isn't it Jack Elam who lives up to his One Reel Jack reputation in the first scene?

The film is indeed pretty disappointing and Aldrich's least western. 4/10 is just ok

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« #3 : April 23, 2011, 06:51:15 PM »

Saw this today on TCM, what a mess, your typical rat pack type of mess. Background noise with babes. 4/10

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« #4 : June 20, 2011, 02:36:03 PM »

I shut it off after about half hour or so (which I find myself doing frequently these days  :() The opening chase and subsequent interactions between Sinatra and Dean make you think this could be a really good film, but as soon as they hit the town, it all comes apart. I shut it off very quickly after they hit the town; one too many "Oui, Monseiur Thomas" 's.

I am still waiting for the board to get thumbs-down icons. Till then I guess I will have to just say  >:( :(   ::) :'(

(If O+0 = thumbs-up, shouldn't 0+O = thumbs-down?  ;))

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« #5 : February 08, 2017, 08:28:01 PM »

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4 for Texas is directed by Robert Aldrich who also co-writes the screenplay with Teddi Sherman. It stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andess and Charles Bronson. Music is by Nelson Riddle and cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.

Plot follows the shenanigans of two rivals played by Sinatra and Martin who have designs on a waterside casino. Bandido Charles Bronson is on their tails while Ekberg and Andress file in for romantic interests.

Aldrich disliked the film (the director famously couldn't get on with Sinatra), its reputation is decidedly lukewarm and The Three Stooges make an embarrassingly pointless cameo, 4 for Texas is a distinctly average comedy/western. The star power keeps it watchable, with rat packers Deano and Frank constantly trying to score machismo points - Ekberg & Andress lighting up the screen with natural beauty - Bronson in solid villain role, and it's pleasingly photographed by Laszlo. Yet it's a mundane screenplay and the run time needed to be cut by at least half an hour. It's also such a waste to not have Aldrich (is this the same guy who directed Ulzana's Raid and Vera Cruz?) show his skills at action construction, especially since the soggy story needed some perk- me-ups!

One to chalk off of your Aldrich/Rat Pack film lists, then, where once viewed, it's unlikely that anyone but hard core fans of the stars will want to revisit. 5/10

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