Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Other westerns

I also saw Joe Kidd directed by John Sturges from a screenplay by Elmore Leonard and starring Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall and John Saxon. Yeah, it's not as good as a movie with that pedigree should have been.

It is, however, a solid little action-adventure western flick with excellent performances all around. Robert Duvall especially shines as a particularly nasty villain. Somewhere hiding in there is a pretty nice message. John Saxon's Luis Chama is well played, energetic and poignant.

Nothing too special, I suppose, but ninety minutes well-spent.

Followed that up with A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die a an amusing and rather fresh Spaghetti Western. The outlaw Clay McCord is running from bounty hunters running after him as well as struggling with epilepsy. There's also an interesting struggle between the governor and a local marshal regarding a new amnesty law.

It never quite hits a stride above a solidly fresh premise and some fun action, but certainly it was entertaining. It worked for me anyway. I also found an interesting moment to (sorta) steal in my screenplay, which makes it all worthwhile.

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