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Other Films / The Time Tunnel: Massacre (battle of Little Big Horn)
« on: January 14, 2009, 01:52:07 PM »
Don't know how many of you do recall the popular TV series of the 60s "The Time Tunnel". There was an episode titled "Massacre" where the two time travelers arrive to the site of the battle of Little Big Horn about one day before it took place. You can watch that episode onlive via the following link:

I liked the TV series, but I found that particular episode quite well made. Here is a link to more episodes if someone is interested:

Yeah, I know the Time Tunnel series is as a whole sci-fi rather than a western, but I would say that episode 8 (Massacre) does (should) qualify as a western. This is why I posted here and not in the "off-topic" section.  :)

Other Films / A Fistful of Dreams
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:13:40 PM »
Has anyone seen it? It is not a SW, but rather a documentary about the making of the SWs in Almeria. Here is the intro.

Other Films / Train for Durango (1968)
« on: November 06, 2008, 01:44:15 PM »

A humorous spaghetti western with an acceptable soundtrack by Carlo Rustichelli. Actors include Anthony Steffen, Enrico Maria Salerno, Roberto Camardiel, Tito Garcia, and Jose Bodalo (most of them have worked on several spaghetti westerns). The movie was directed by Mario Caiano.

There is not much of a plot on the movie. Two broke adventurers (Salerno and Steffen) are traveling on a train that carries a safe with gold coins, and the safe is robbed by a group of Mexican bandits who kill several passengers in the interim. Steffen and Salerno find the safe keys in two of the corpses and follow the bandits with the hope they can make a deal: to get part of the gold in exchange for opening the safe.

There are a few hilarious scenes: the opening scene where Steffen and Salerno are riding on the railroad tracks and have to make their horses gallop in order to put a safe distance between them and the train that comes behind them; the attempt of the Mexican bandits to open the safe with canon fire; the last words of one of the Mexican bandits after he and Roberto Camardiel killing each other in a gunfight, etc.

Not the best SW around and definitely not Salerno's or Steffen's best, but OK to watch if you see it on TV or you can borrow or rent it.


Other Films / Texas Rangers (2001)
« on: November 01, 2008, 05:52:56 PM »

The movie is based on the book by George Durham Taming of the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers. The Texas Rangers originated in the 1820s nut they were later disbanded. Durham was one of the first Texas Rangers after they were regrouped by Governor Richard Coke in 1874. I have not read Durham's book, but the movie does not appear to be historically accurate.

Texas Rangers is, in my opinion, not the greatest western around, but I think it is not as bad as some critics in rottentomatoes and IMDB have stated. I found it very watchable, and I would give it a 6 out of 10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Operación Ogro (1979)
« on: October 16, 2008, 11:23:59 AM »
Moved to the "off topic section" as per popular request.  :D

Other Films / Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
« on: October 16, 2008, 08:54:24 AM »

Lone Wolf McQuade is a movie that most spaghetti western enthusiasts will likely enjoy. The action takes place in the 1980s Texas, where Texas Ranger J. J. McQuade (Chuck Norris) fights the baddies in a fashion that resembles a combination of Dirty Harry, Django, together with Chuck Norris’ inimitable way of performing martial arts. His foe is David Carradine (Mr. Kung Fu) who impersonates an evil drug lord and arms dealer.

The movie has all the spaghetti western classic ingredients: a superb musical score from Francesco de Masi, tension scenes, cruel Mexican bandits, the hero (or anti-hero) who fights them all and wins, and the typical final showdown.

Here are 3 links to youtube clips showing the first 10 minutes of the movie.

I am surprised of the low score (5.7 stars) that Lone Wolf McQuade gets in the IMDB. Personally, I would give it at least  7.5 stars out of 10.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Who is the whistler in GBU????
« on: October 06, 2008, 07:41:06 PM »
I always thought it was Alessandro Alessandroni. But according to Wikipedia, the whistler is certain John O'Neill.  ???,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly

Other Films / Curro Jiménez
« on: August 06, 2008, 07:03:03 PM »
Curro Jiménez is a very popular Spanish TV series from the 1970s, and it is about the Spanish "bandoleros" (highwaymen) in the mountains of Andalusia (Southern Spain). Hint: guess why I adopted the nick "Bandolero".

A movie based on the series (Avisa a Curro Jimenez) was made in 1978.

While not a Spaguetti Western, many of the episodes actually look and feel like Spaghetti Westerns. Many of the actors/directors also have particiapted in Spaghetti Westerns.

Sancho Gracia (Curro Jimenez): Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!; Per il gusto di uccidere; In a Colt's Shadow: Guns of the Magnificent Seven; 800 bullets.

José Sancho (El Estudiante): Massacre at Fort Grant; Two Thousand Dollars for Coyote;

Alvaro De Luna (El Algarrobo): Seven Guns from Texas; Minnesota Clay; Navajo Joe;  Hellbenders; A Professional Gun; Compañeros; etc.

Eduardo García (El Gitano): For a Few Dollars More.

Rafael Romero Marchent (director): Seven Guns from Texas; Hour of Death; etc.

Has anyone in the forum seen the movie or any of the episodes from the series? I don't know if the series has been dubbed or has subtitles in languages other than Spanish, though.

Other Films / Coogan's Bluff (1968)
« on: July 28, 2008, 04:04:42 PM »
I saw that movie many years ago, and I found it very entertaining. I recall that Clint was a sheriff somewhere in Arizona who starts capturing  a runaway mestizo in the desert. Afterwards, he flies to NY to bring a criminal back to Arizona. His way of handling the case reminds me a bit of the TV series McCloud (Dennis Weaver) .

Once Upon A Time In The West / Charles Bronson's harmonica
« on: July 19, 2008, 09:28:11 PM »
I don't know if this has been discussed before. Charles Bronson plays the harmonica several times during the movie, and there are only a few notes wheezing from his harmonica. However, anyone who has played harmonica knows that those sounds can only be played with a chromatic harmonica. To me, what Charles Bronson is playing is a diatonic harmonica, and in my opinion there is no way that particular harmonica could ever emit those sounds.

Sergio Leone News / The Sergio Leone Anthology
« on: December 25, 2007, 11:44:54 AM »
I have noticed that Amazon sells what appears to be the same DVD package but for two different prices. One of them was released on June 5 2007 (Region 1) by MGM (ASIN: B000OPOAMU )

and the other one was released by Fox Video also on June 7 2007 (ASIN: B000OT8KDQ)

Does anyone know if both packages are identical? I'm just trying to make sure I don't pay more than I should.  ;)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Ecstasy of Gold
« on: May 15, 2007, 10:47:08 AM »
I have purchased the GBU extended (restored) version, and one thing I have noticed is that the Ecstasy of Gold theme sounds terrible on the English audio (it sounds OK on the Italian audio). Am I the only one experiencing this?

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