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Sonny and Jed (aka La banda J. & S. - Cronaca criminale del Far West (original title)) (1972) 6-7/10

Stars Tomas Milian, Susan George, and Telly Savalas along with the usual Spaghetti Western regulars.

La banda J. & S. - Cronaca criminale del Far West (1972)

OK I actually found this on line and in a pretty good print. Never seen it before and was pleasantly surprised, Corbucci actually restrained himself and didn't go overboard. It's a sort of a reluctant Bonnie & Clyde story set along the Mexican Border in the early 20th century. It was sufficiently entertaining. As with most Spaghetti Westerns the cinematography  by Luis Cuadrado was gorgeous. It has a Morricone score similar to Cheyenne's Theme from Once Upon A Time In The West and the soundtrack for Companeros.

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What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? (1972) Che c'entriamo noi con la rivoluzione? (original title)

Che c'entriamo noi con la rivoluzione? (1972)

Third Zapata Western in Sergio Corbucci's Revolution Trilogy, stars Vittorio Gassman, Paolo Villaggio, Riccardo Garrone and staple Corbucci actor Eduardo Fajardo.

This one is a full on Comedy Western with quite a bit of slap stick humor. Watchable 6/10.

Can be found online in a crappy multi-generational print.

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On 7/23/2019 at 8:17 AM, cigarjoe said:

What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? (1972) Che c'entriamo noi con la rivoluzione? (original title)

Che c'entriamo noi con la rivoluzione? (1972)

Third Zapata Western in Sergio Corbucci's Revolution Trilogy, stars Vittorio Gassman, Paolo Villaggio, Riccardo Garrone and staple Corbucci actor Eduardo Fajardo.

This one is a full on Comedy Western with quite a bit of slap stick humor. Watchable 6/10.

Can be found online in a crappy multi-generational print.

Vittorio Gassman did get around.
 

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The Long Rope (1961)

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Snoozefest Western with Hugh Marlowe, Alan Hale Jr, and  Robert J. Wilke as the bad guy. Sort of a murder mystery involving the frame up of an innocent Mexican for nefarious purposes. They also got that fastest gun trope woven into the story. This kind of tired, done a thousand times before subject matter. was one of the reason Spaghetti Westerns exploded on the scene a few years hence.  

5/10 Source online streaming

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The Quick and the Dead  (1987)  -  7/10

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HBO film based on a Louis L'amour tale, with Tom Conti and Kate Capshaw as settlers in post-Civil War Wyoming. They, along with their young son (Kenny Morrison), run into a band of outlaws and cutthroats led by the deceptively-avuncular Doc Shabbit (Matt Clark). The family seem doomed until the intervention of mysterious half-breed Con Vallain (Sam Elliott), who escorts the family across hostile territory. Also with Patrick Kilpatrick, Jerry Potter, and Del Shores.

Director Robert Day tells the story competently and in a straightforward fashion, with no stylistic excess. Elliott is well-cast, as is Conti as the kindly war veteran suspicious of Elliott's motives, as well his attention toward his wife. Capshaw looks nice, but her performance is spotty. She seems to adopt a period-specific speech pattern in many scenes that is admirable in its intent, but questionable as the others in the cast don't attempt the same. Still, I enjoyed this minor film well enough, and would recommend it to western fans.

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Conagher  (1991)  -  7/10

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TV-movie that originally aired on TNT, and based on a Louis L'Amour novel. Wandering cowboy Conn Conagher (Sam Elliott) finds work with an old rancher (Ken Curtis, in his final role) who's the target of a gang of cattle rustlers. Elsewhere, Evie (Katharine Ross) finds herself trying to keep her new ranch going after her husband is killed. Conn and Evie's paths soon crosses as they face many dangers. Also featuring Barry Corbin, Paul Koslo, Buck Taylor, Pepe Serna, Billy Green Bush, Gavan O'Herlihy, James Gammon, and Dub Taylor.

This has a lot of good character work, with many familiar western-movie faces. I wasn't crazy about some of the early-90's orange-hued cinematography, but it wasn't the worst example of that terrible trend. Elliott later called this his favorite of all of his films. I wouldn't go that far, but it's not bad for a TV western of its time, when such things were scarce.

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The Desperate Trail  (1994)  -  6/10

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A grizzled US Marshal (Sam Elliott) is transporting a condemned woman (Linda Fiorentino) to her place of execution when she escapes his custody. She takes up with a wily con man (Craig Sheffer), and the two make a run for it with stolen money and dreams of a future. Meanwhile, the marshal gets a posse together to track them down and kill them. Also featuring Frank Whaley, John Furlong, Rockne Tarkington, and Bradley Whitford.

Written and directed by P.J. Pesce, this was originally intended for the TNT channel, but it has a bit of nudity and some salty language, which led to a direct-to-video release and an "R" rating. The usual western paradigm is subverted, as the outlaws are the sympathetic heroes, and the marshal and his posse are either bloodthirsty, idiotic or both. The characterizations are good, but the script is weak.

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