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Vera Cruz (1954)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Robert Aldrich Writers/Script Robert Kibbee, James R. Webb (story Borden Chase) Starring Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Cesar Romero, Sara Montiel, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Elevator Pitch: In the 1860s while Mexico is in the throes of civil war, a group of American … Continue reading

PODCAST – FIVE WESTERNS

Westerns Worth a Watch TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST CLICK HERE: https://youtu.be/fa84NjuK4AM

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Raimi Writers/Script Simon Moore. Josh Whedon Starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobin Bell, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Woody Strode, Elevator Pitch: A female gunslinger rides into the town of Redemption to take part in gunfighting competition … Continue reading

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Duration 2h 15m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Peckinpah Writers/Script Sam Peckinpah, Walon Green (story Walon Green, Roy N. Sickner) Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine,Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez, Elevator Pitch: It is 1913 and a gang of bandits are aiming to rob a railroad office, … Continue reading

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) U Source of story Based loosley on the Japanese film “The Seven Samurai” Director John Sturges Writers/Script William Roberts (who did rewrites on set) the main scriptwriter was  Walter Newman who refued to be credited. Starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, … Continue reading

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay using at least one character from A Fistful of Dollars, or at least his poncho. Director Sergio Leone Writers/Script Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone (story by Sergio Donati, Enzo Dell’Aquila, Fernando Di Leo) Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volantè, Klaus Kinski … Continue reading

Maverick (1994)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original 1950/60s TV series Director Richard Donner Writers/Script William Goldman (Roy Huggins – TV series) Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Denver Pyle, Waylon Jennings, Doug McClure, Henry Darrow, Danny Glover, Margot Kidder Elevator Pitch: Bret Maverick, a gambler and … Continue reading

Tombstone (1993)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events and characters through the prism of legend. Director George P. Cosmatos Writers/Script Kevin Jarre (With a lot of uncredited input) Starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Jon Tenney, Thomas Haden Church, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy … Continue reading

Hostiles (2017)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Scott Cooper Writers/Script Scott Cooper from a manuscript by Donald E. Stewart Starring Rosamund Pike, Christian Bale, Jeese Plemons, Timothee Chalamet, Peter Mullan, Ben Foster Elevator Pitch: In 1892 a veteran cavalry officer is given the task of escorting a Cheyenne chief … Continue reading

The Sisters Brothers (2019 in UK)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Patrick DeWitt Director Jacques Audiard Writers/Script Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain Starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Elevator Pitch: In 1851 Oregon a gold rush is on, and the Commodore has hired a detective … Continue reading

Pale Rider (1985)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack Starring Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Chris Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel Elevator Pitch: When a gold prospector’s camp in the hills of California is attacked by vigilantes working for a banker, … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Elevator Pitch In the wilds of Arizona (or Utah) a mail order bride arrives to find the the man she is married to has been killed, leaving her an isolated farmstead which is to be inportant in the development of the approaching railroad. The killer, the railroad boss’s enforcer, implicates a local gang leader, but … Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Elevator Pitch. A couple of gunmen, running a scam involving getting reward money for one and then preventing him being hanged, hear that there is a fortune in gold hidden in a grave in a cemetery and so must travel across the country during the US Civil War, forced to remain together because one knows … Continue reading

True Grit (2010)

Elevator Pitch. When the father of a girl is killed by an outlaw she determines to hunt him down with the help of Deputy Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn; the murderer, who it seems has disappeared into the badlands with an outlaw gang, is also being hunted by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf for killing a senator, and so … Continue reading

American Outlaws (2001)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The legends relating to the James-Younger gang. Writers/Script Roderick Taylor, John Rogers (Story by Roderick Taylor) Additional Info One of the many films about Jesse James, the second to be featured in this blog. Director Les Mayfield Starring Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, Gabriel Macht, … Continue reading

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Duration 2h 40m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events and a novel of the same name by Ron Hansen Writers/Script Andrew Dominik Additional Info The director of photography was Roger Deakins, who is said to have claimed that the night time scene of the train robbery was his crowning achievement. Director Andrew Dominik … Continue reading

Slow West (2015)

Duration 1h 24m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script John Maclean Additional Info Westerns have been filmed in many countries, but this might be the first one filmed in New Zealand. Rory McCann – the Hound in Game of Thrones Director John Maclean Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Rory McCann Elevator … Continue reading

3.10 to Yuma (2007)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A short story by Elmore Leonard and probably the 1957 film of the same name starring Glen Ford. Writers/Script Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas Additional Info The western towns were built on the Cerro Pelon Ranch in New Mexico, the scene of many westerns starting … Continue reading

Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory (1990)

Duration 1h 44m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The first movie and real events Writers/Script John Fusco Additional Info This film starts by featuring an old man who meets a lawyer in 1950 claiming to be Billy the Kid, and in support of his claim he tells the story. This was a real event. … Continue reading

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Albert Maltz Additional Info The story by Budd Boetticher – the action taking place during the French invasion of Mexico between 1862 and 1866. Director Don Siegel Starring Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood – and a lot of Mexicans because they were cheap. … Continue reading

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