My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Theme from The Gunfight at OK Corral  Two blogs I follow (and I don’t follow that many) recently spotlighted Burt Lancaster. Cindy Bruchman over at ‘Cindy Bruchman‘ has Winter Project: Burt Lancaster. While John Charet over at Cinematiccoffee posted Sweet Smell of Success. Two Classics! I was saying to Cindy that I consider Burt Lancaster to …

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A Wilder Bunch?? Casting Call Part 1 / Pike Bishop The Wild Bunch 1973 I always like to check who got a particular role/part/casting – and how – why? Who refused it – missed out? The casting story for The Wild Bunch reveals some very interesting candidates. Who would you have picked? Why? A very tough decision. Wikipedia says: “Director …

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Dennis Hopper Western Filmography I count Dennis Hopper’s appearances in at least two Western Classics: Gunfight at OK Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas (1957); and True Grit (1969) with John Wayne. Even if Western movie fans didn’t count these movies as Classic, it would be recognized that Hopper had appeared with three of …

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lancaster and marvin …  … men with swagger  

The Professionals … Three 1966 Academy Award Nominations: Best Director: Richard Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Brooks Best Cinematography: Conrad Hall The film won two Motion Picture Magazine Laurel Awards in 1967, for Best Action Drama and Best Action Performance for Lee Marvin. In Germany, it was one of only four movies to receive a Golden Screen award (the others were Doctor Zhivago, Merveilleuse …

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“Maybe there’s only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?” – Burt Lancaster / The Professionals  The Professionals …  Truly. Lee Marvin moves into full blown stardom – becoming a legitimate box office titan – in one of the greatest Westerns ever made …

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The Power of Projection ‘Projection’ they call it. Some actors have it. Most never will. It’s the ability to take a simple line of dialogue and make it sing; have impact; the knack of making a whisper into a shout. All the great Shakespearean actors have it: Olivier, Burton, Dench, Jacobi, O’Toole … YET … out of the …

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Poster? what poster?

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