Directed by Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, John Vernon
"A man like Wales lives by the feud...because of what you've done here today, I've got to kill that man."
Everything you hold dear is taken from you. Your family murdered, your home burnt to a black skeleton, and you are left for dead among the debris. What do you do?
Sit around like a punk beeyatch and cry, or get out the big guns and start perfecting your kill shot? WWJD? Not Jesus- Josey. Josey Wales is his name, vengeance is his aim.
This is a story about balls, about having the courage to stand up in the face of adversity and being true to yourself at all costs. It takes balls to walk your own path and live by your own set of rules. An outlaw is by definition an outsider, with the cojones to adhere to a personal coda of behavior, damn what the government, the church, or society says.
Bullets fly and blood flows. The action is relentless and the tension never abates. Clint Eastwood is perfection on both sides of the camera. The supporting cast is uniformly excellent. This film is a beautifully crafted contemporary tale of the post Civil War west, not to be missed.
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Edd Byrnes, George Hilton, Gilbert Roland, Stefania Careddu
"If you're going to shoot a man, go ahead and shoot him and get it over with."
A spaghetti western sans Clint Eastwood can still be quite enjoyable, judging by this fun movie. Things get popping right away with the arrival of three gangsters into town. They see a cart with three coffins on it and ask who the dead men are. They're promptly shot. How efficient!
A huge gold shipment is being transported by train with a contingent of Union soldiers on guard. Clayton (played by the sexy Edd Byrnes- meeeeooooowww) is in charge of making sure the delivery arrives at its destination. The Stranger watches everything, hoping the gold is stolen so he can rake in cash by catching the bandits. Montero is the bandit leader who plots to steal the shipment with his treacherous comrades.
This is a very well made film that satirizes the Italian western genre. The story is tight and will keep you interested as character motives are revealed and alliances switch in the blink of an eye. A little known gem that deserves to be seen by a wider audience.
Directed by Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Casale, Rada Rassimov
"Wanted in 14 counties of this state, the condemned is found guilty of the crimes of murder, armed robbery of citizens, state banks, and post offices; the theft of sacred objects, arson in a state prison, perjury, bigamy, deserting his wife and children, inciting prostitution, kidnapping, extortion, receiving stolen goods, selling stolen goods, passing counterfeit money, and contrary to the law, he is guilty of using marked cards and loaded dice."
THE definitive Sergio Leone western masterpiece! Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef shine as the main protagonists in this bullet ridden story of three men's pursuit of $200,000 in Confederate money.
At almost 3 hours running time, Leone has created a work of cinematic art. There is never a dull moment onscreen. And the music is superb! This is simply beautifully shot and the acting is incredible. Not to be missed, this tapestry of ruthless betrayal and greed will keep you entranced from the opening titles to the closing seconds. Magnificent.
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Stars: Lee Marvin, Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Michael Callan, Stubby Kaye
"...I ain't got nothin' against 'injuns...it's all over for them, just like it is for the gunfighter, except they didn't give us no reservation or teach us how to weave rugs."
Lee Marvin deserved the Oscar he won for his dual roles in this terrific western spoof. As noseless baddie Tim Strawn and alcoholic has-been Kid Shelleen, Marvin is a delight to behold.
Jane Fonda is Cat, who forms an outlaw gang from a drunk, a young Indian boy, and two thieves who don't shoot their guns (on principle.) Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye are fantastic as the singing narrators of this rollicking tale. Simply perfection.
Directed by Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Johnny Wells, Joe Edger, Jose Calvo, Marianne Koch
"Everybody here has become very rich, or they are dead."
My main man Clint takes these words to heart and he definitely doesn't plan on being planted in the ground, so he goes about getting rich right away!
This is it folks, the spaghetti western classic that made Eastwood an international star and launched the career of Sergio Leone. Ennio Morricone provides the immortal score.
From the get-go you know this is not your typical western. A bandit kicks a small child in the rear and then shoots at him as he runs away screaming and crying! Audiences in 1964 must have been flabbergasted. Clint is "The Man With No Name" who rides into a town filled to the brim with bad characters. There are two gangs, the Rojos and the Baxters, who control everything. Our hero reasons that he's in the middle and therefore must manipulate the situation to his monetary advantage. Watching him outwit both families is exciting from start to finish.
Boots, bullets, bandits, and blood. Saloons and spittoons. Ranch hands, disputed lands, and outlaw bands. The Western is the often poetic and violent expression of America's sepia toned past. Saddle up buckaroo, it's time to ride!