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  • Horse Feathers

    Horse Feathers

    ★★★★

    Groucho is a professor at a not so prestigious college who wants to help the football team win the big game so he hires two ringers to play. Only problem is he inadvertently gets the wrong guys and ends up with Chico and Harpo. Another zany Marx Brothers adventure with less emphasis on songs and no superfluous love story this time just lots of very funny moments and an especially memorable finale at a football game the likes of which you have never seen before.

  • Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

    Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

    ★★

    Wrongheaded attempt at a sort of prequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Tom Berenger and Wiliam Katt taking on the iconic roles inhabitited by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the original film. This one purports to cover how Bunch and Sundance met and became friends and outlaws. To say that Berenger and Katt are poor substitutes for Newman and Redford is a colossal understatement but this film's major failings aren't attributed to them. In fact the…

  • The Last Hard Men

    The Last Hard Men

    ★★½

    Tedious western tale of revenge with James Coburn as an outlaw, recently escaped from a chain gang, who kidnaps the daughter (Barbara Hershey) of the sheriff (Charlton Heston) who put him away in an attempt to lure him into a death trap. Violent, unpleasant, mean-spirited western has good performances, a solid Jerry Goldsmith music score, and picturesque cinematography but the story devloves into a sort of Death Wish in the old west tale of obsessive revenge complete with a particularly…

  • ¡Three Amigos!

    ¡Three Amigos!

    ★★★½

    Western comedy from director John Landis starring Chevy Chase, Martin Short, and Steve Martin as three silent film western actors who take what they think is an offer to put on a show in person in a small Mexican village but instead end up facing a real gang of bandits lead by the infamous El Guapo (Alfonso Arau). Entertaining slapstick comedy has many wacky ideas, likable performances all around, and offers loads of good natured fun. It is perhaps more…

  • Take a Hard Ride

    Take a Hard Ride

    ★★★

    A ranch hand named Pike (Jim Brown) promises his dying boss (Dana Andrews) to see to it that $86,000 in profit from his ranch is safely delivered to his soon to be widow. But to keep that promise Pike must traverse hundreds of miles of treachous desert terrain dodge numerous bandit attacks and keep one step ahead of a ruthless bounty hunter named Kiefer (Lee Van Cleef) who wants the money for himself. Along they way Pike reluctantly teams up…

  • Rio Conchos

    Rio Conchos

    ★★★

    A former confederate officer (Richard Boone), a Cavalry Captain (Stuart Whitman), a Buffalo Soldier (Jim Brown) and a Mexican outlaw (Tony Franciosa) are sent on a dangerous mission to Mexico to track a stolen shipment of repeating rifles that a disgruntled former confederate soldier (Edmond O'Brien) plans to sell to the Apaches. Tough, violent Western features a surprisingly brutal and complex performance by Boone, a world away from his portrayal of Paladin on TV's Have Gun Will Travel and will…

  • Ride the High Country

    Ride the High Country

    ★★★★

    Two aging retired lawman (Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott), reduced to guarding a gold shipment to earn some money, ruminate on the changing times and reminisce about their glory days in Sam Peckinpah's classic revisionist Western. Anchored by two terrific lead performances this is the type of territory Peckinpah would revisit again on a more epic scale in The Wild Bunch but in many ways this is a more accessible film which relies less on violence, although this film has…

  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business

    ★★★★½

    The Marx Brothers stow away on a ocean liner and get mixed up with gangsters in this fast paced slapstick comedy that's short on story but long on laughs. There are no song and dance numbers in this one and the romantic subplot is downplayed so there's nothing to get in the way of the Marx Brothers wacky antics which makes this the perfect showcase for their irreverent brand of humor. None of the routines in this one are amongst…

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★★★

    Expertly crafted western with Gary Cooper as Will Kane a former Marshal who learns that a notorious outlaw he helped put behind bars has been released and will be arriving on the Noon train to take his revenge. At first the newlywed Kane heads out of town with his bride Amy (Grace Kelly) a Quaker and pacifist who tries to convince Kane to run. Ultimately, however, Kane's sense of honor and a perceived duty to look out for the welfare…

  • Hopscotch

    Hopscotch

    ★★★★

    When veteran CIA operative Miles Kendig (Walter Matthau) is threatened with retirement by his disapproving new boss (Ned Beatty) he decides to get revenge by writing a tell all memoir that will expose all of the agency's dirty secrets. He goes on the lam with his old CIA pals in pursuit and proceeds to run circles around them in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. This amiable blend of comedy and spy thriller, based on the novel by…

  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    ★★★★★

    Western epic from director Sam Peckinpah about an outlaw (William Holden) and his gang preparing for one last heist before riding off into the sunset while being pursued by his former partner (Robert Ryan) and a band of bounty hunters. This artfully crafted revisionist Western features terrific performances, stunning cinematography, and expertly staged action sequences. Yes the film is often brutally violent but this is fitting to its portrayal of hard men who will do anything to survive in a…

  • Hannie Caulder

    Hannie Caulder

    ★★★

    After being brutally assaulted by three vicious bandits Hannie Caulder (Raquel Welch) sets out for revenge but first she must be schooled in the art of killing by notorious Bounty Hunter Thomas Luther Price (Robert Culp). Offbeat western from writer director Burt Kennedy, a veteran of the genre, boasts terrific performances by Welch and Culp and also features memorable supporting turns by Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam, and Strother Martin as the bumbling but brutal Clemens brothers notorious for their violent…