My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

“The West was a place where the improbable happened every day.” – Louis L’Amour I’ve always contended that most Movie Stars want to be in a Western at some point in their career. But for many – especially European Actors – such a dream seemed far fetched. Impossible. THEN… in the mid 60’s an incredible …

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Rawhide … Frankie Laine Found this image of Clint from Rawhide …  Tried a few things with it … but … 

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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Clint Eastwood … paying his dues …

There’s Remakes … and then there’s this: In Yurusarezaru mono – a Japanese remake/adaptation of Clint Eastwood‘s iconic Western, Unforgiven (1992) we discover a cinematic tradition of Remakes that goes back a ways … pardner. Legendary Westerns film Director John Sturges‘* The Magnificent Seven (1960) is well known to have borrowed from Japanese Director/Film maker Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. _____________________________________________________ In fact, …

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This so-called remake of Clint Eastwood’s Oscar winning Unforgiven (1992 Best Picture) is of special interest to me – having worked on the original film as a set painter. And indeed looking at these trailers it does appear to follow the story: Trailers: Trailers are not yet in English – or sub-titled (how’s your Japanese, hombre?) You …

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The Spikes Gang I’m gonna say that The Spikes Gang (1974) was the last true Western that Lee Marvin made. A pretty good little film that never got it’s due. Certainly worth a see. Director Richard Fleistcher‘s message is loud and clear: a badguy is not a hero (even if he is a Movie Star) and there is no …

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Where to go next … ?? There is no end of possibilities.  So many great Westerns … so little time. I’ve received two suggestions: Eastwood’s Academy Award winning Unforgiven – Academy Awards Best Picture in 1992. (Wow, was it really that long ago?) And Open Range (2003) a worthy duster (also shot in Alberta) with Kevin Costner and Robert …

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Soundtrack A fistful of Dollars / Ennio Morricone A Fistful of Pesos ?? … From Wikipedia – The Online Encyclopedia: – 1964 – Clint Eastwood signed a contract for A Fistful of Dollars for $15,000 (US$112,403 in 2012 dollars) in wages for eleven weeks’ work, with a bonus of a Mercedes automobile upon completion. – Sergio Leone intended Henry …

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