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THE WILD BUNCH REMAKE

27 Jan


La Golondrina / Soundtrack The Wild Bunch / Jerry Fielding

“Hmmmm …”

The big talk in Western Film these days is the News about the ‘Remake of The Wild Bunch’.
(I’m a bit slow on the draw so I just herd about this recently)

It’s a shocker to be sure.
Here’s one Newsbit:

‘The Wild Bunch’ Remake Hoping to Recruit Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, Peter Dinklage for Director Mel Gibson

https://www.slashfilm.com/wild-bunch-remake-cast/#disqus_thread

wild bunch remake cast

Proving that there are indeed second, third, and even forth acts in Hollywood, Mel Gibson is being given the keys to a major motion picture yet again. The controversial actor and filmmaker is set to helm a remake of The Wild Bunch, and some heavy-hitting talent is already lining-up to work with him. Michael FassbenderJamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the Wild Bunch remake cast, indicating that Warner Bros. wants to put together an impressive cast for this contemporary remake of the violent Sam Peckinpah Western.

Mel Gibson can often be an excellent actor and a strong filmmaker. But he’s also a highly controversial figure known for misogynist, racist remarks and actions that many feel should disqualify him from being attached to major projects. Gibson was a bit of a pariah for a short period of time, but it’s clear that time has ended. Warner Bros. has booked him to direct their Wild Bunch remake, which features a script by Gibson and Bryan Bagby.

And now, Deadline says Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the cast of the film. Nothing is officially in place yet, but word has it the movie will begin production this fall. This Wild Bunch is a contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western, which was set in 1913. Here’s the original synopsis:

In this gritty Western classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.

Hollywood has been hoping to mount a Wild Bunch remake for a few years now. Tony Scott was originally set to helm a version, but his 2012 suicide ended up putting the project on hold. Since then, a remake with Will Smith possibly set to produce and star popped up, along with one directed by Hands of Stone filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz. Neither incarnation came to pass.

While Gibson, a filmmaker who doesn’t shy away from movie violence, seems like a good fit to remake this violent Western, I can’t help but feel this is a film we really don’t need, no matter who ends up being cast in the project.

Mel sure knows how to kick up some dust. I can’t see this project as a mere Western yarn – and it’s pretty obvious by the casting that this is not going to be a carbon copy of the original. The inclusion of Dinklage and Fox certainly tells us it’s to be pretty different right away – and Gibson has said it will be a different angle from a Social/Political viewpoint. There’s plenty of scepticism, of course, and it does seem like a daunting task. We’ll just have to wait and see. 

All the Major players in the original production have passed.
Including Sam himself.

April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981

January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012

July 5, 1928 – April 3, 1982

June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996

November 11, 1909 – July 11, 1973

Meet the New ‘Bunch’

This whole thing is riding on Mel. 
Here’s hoping.

The Wild Bunch cont. ……………… Casting Call Part 2

9 Jan

Sammy

The Wild Bunch - The Walk reversed

A Wilder Bunch??

Casting Call Part 2 / Dutch Engstrom / Ernest Borgnine
The Wild Bunch 1973

Ernest Borgnine

Wikipedia says: “Among those considered to play Dutch Engstrom were Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Alex Cord, Robert Culp, Sammy Davis, Jr., Richard Jaeckel, Steve McQueen, and George Peppard. Ernest Borgnine was cast based on his performance in The Dirty Dozen (1967).

Who would you have Cast?:

Charles Bronson

Dutch ?

Charles Bronson Western Filmography
1954 Vera Cruz /  1954 Drum Beat
 
1954 Apache /  1954 Riding Shotgun
1956 Jubal /  1957 Run of the Arrow
1957 Showdown at Boot Hill / 1960 The Magnificent Seven
1961 A Thunder of Drums1968 Villa Rides
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Guns for San Sebastian

Jim Brown

Jim Brown Western Filmography
1964 Rio Conchos
1969 100 Rifles
1970 El Condor
1975 Take a Hard Ride

Alex Cord

Alex Cord Western Filmography
2009 Fire from Below
1977 Grayeagle
1972
Gunsmoke (TV Series)
1966 Stagecoach
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
1965 Branded (TV Series)
1961 Laramie (TV Series) 

Robert Culp

Robert Culp Western Filmography
1963 The Raiders / 1971 Hannie Cauldur

Robert Culp TV Westerns 
 Trackdown (1957–1959)
Tate (1960)Johnny Ringo (1960)
Outlaws (1960) / The Westerner (1960) 
Zane Grey Theater (1957-1960)
Rawhide (1961) / Bonanza (1961)
Rifleman (
1960-1962) / Wagon Train (1962)
The Virginian
 (1964) Gunsmoke (1964)
The Hanged Man 
(1964) Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)
Lonesome Dove: The Series  
(1994)

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr. Western Filmography
Zane Grey Theater
(TV Series) / Lawman (TV Series)

Sergeants 3 (1962) / The Rifleman (TV Series)
The Wild Wild West (TV Series) / The Trackers (1971)
Gone with the West (1975)

Richard Jaeckel

Richard Jaeckel Western Filmography
The Gunfighter
 
(1950)Apache Ambush (1955)
3:10 to Yuma
(1957)Cowboy (1958)
Cimarron City
(TV) (1958)The Texan (TV) 1959
Trackdown (TV) 1959 / Zane Grey Theater (TV) (1960)
Tales of Wells Fargo
(TV) (1960) / The Rebel (TV) (1960)
Flaming Star 
(1960) / The Tall Man (TV) (1961)
Lawman (TV) (1961)Frontier Circus (1961–1962)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) (1962)Wagon Train (TV) (1961–1963)
The Dakotas (TV) (1963) / 4 for Texas (1963)
The Virginian (TV) (1964)Town Tamer (1965)
The Wild Wild West (1966–1967)Bonanza (1964–1967)
Chisum (1970) / Ulzana’s Raid (1972)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) / Gunsmoke (TV) (1963–1975)
The Last Day (1975) / 
The Oregon Trail (1977)
Kit Carson and the Mountain Men (1977)
Go West, Young Girl (1978) 

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen Western Filmography
Trackdown (TV) 1958 / Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) 1958
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) 1958-1961
Nevada Smith (1966) / Junior Bonner (1972)
Tom Horn (1980)

George Peppard

George Peppard Western Filmography
How the West Was Won 1962 / Rough Night in Jericho 1967
Cannon for Cordoba 1970 / The Bravos 1972

Scorpion Bar

Another decent group of candidates.
From among this Bunch I think a popular vote would likely see Bronson and McQueen win out.
But I can’t guess who would win between them?
Bronson had appeared in a couple of movies before with Borgnine,
including Vera Cruz (1954) – if that means anything?

Next let’s have a look at Warren Oates’ role of Lyle Gorch …

Harry Dean Stanton … and the Recycled Cowboys

18 Oct

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HARRY DEAN STANTON

Celebrating Harry Dean Stanton’s Western Filmwork

Harry Dean Stanton didn’t appear in a lot of Westerns – yet he did appear in at least two of note: Pekinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and John Ford’s How the West was Won

Harry Dean Stanton is among a large but distinguished fraternity of Actors / Actresses whom I affectionately – and respectfully – refer to as the Recycled Cowboys.

Other members of this fraternity include Slim Pickens, Matt Clark, Jack Elam, Katy JuradoL.Q. Jones *… and on and on. As I say, a rather large fraternity, yet not diminished in it’s worthiness as being a fraternity of notable support actors.

(*(MFW: Every one of the actors named above – including Stanton – plus others – appeared in Sam Pedinpah’s great Western masterpiece Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – which should be cause to recognize two things: Pekinpah’s great love for Western Film – and what a great and important Western Classic Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is.))

Most are recognized only by their frequent faces – but remain mainly anonymous in name. Others – like Pickins and Elam are well recognized. Stanton is surely among these – and may even be considered to have an almost cult-like following.

Sometimes Recycled Cowboys rise from the dust – the background – as movie Extras – to stardom. As did Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson – who laboured in the background for many movies before achieving outright Stardom. Others start out as Stars then fall back – but not out. Stranger still, many a Recycled Cowboy may enjoy more work than many Stars – appearing in dozens of films and TV shows. They may not get the same Billing or paycheque, but they probably aren’t hurting much either.

I hope to pay homage to many of these important and popular actors in the future.

Happy Trails.

Harry Dean Stanton Western Filmography:

HARRY DEAN STANTON 1

Sorry – No pics of Harry Dean for Tomahawk Trail. Lisa Montell and Susan Cummings.

HARRY DEAN STANTON 2

No Stanton photo. Alan Ladd and son, David Ladd

HARRY DEAN STANTON 3

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Glenn Ford Westerns ———– Jubal / 1956 / Part 2

23 Jul

Jubal / 1956

Opinion

Reviews

My review? It’s a good Western – have a look.

Jubal / 1956:
Glenn Ford is now 40 years old and a full blown Western Movie Star in the Golden Era of Western Film – the 50’s. The notable cast of Jubal includes 4 other fellers: Ernest Borgnine, Rod SteigerCharles Bronson, and Jack Elam. Borgnine, Bronson and Elam have all been moving steadily up the ladder from being movie Extras – to Badguys – to supporting actor roles and now enjoy Star billing. Rod Steiger (the main badguy in Jubal) is already a well established actor for his roles in On the Waterfront (1954) (with Marlon Brando), and as that “low down dirty pig stealer” Jud Fry from Oklahoma (1955) (“where the wind keeps sweepin’ down the plain, and the waving wheat” …. well … you know what I’m talking about).
Meanwhile two gals, Valerie French and Felicia Farr have principal roles.

Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Rod Steiger

Rod Steiger

Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson

steiger and elam - jubal

Steiger and Jack Elam

Noah Beery Jr. and John Dierkes

Noah Beery Jr. and John Dierkes

The Gals

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Valerie French

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Valerie French and Ford

Felicia Farr

Felicia Farr

Felicia Farr and Ford

Felicia Farr and Ford

The End

Bronson / Ford

Bronson / Ford

the end - jubal

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Footnote

jubal sackett - louis lamour

Jubal Sackett is a novel by great Western writer Louis L’Amour
which developed into a worthy TV mini-series: The Sacketts (1979)
starring Glenn Ford – among an All Star Western cast of:
Sam ElliotTom SelleckJack ElamBen JohnsonSlim Pickens,
L.Q. JonesJohn Vernonand Louis L’Amour himself. 

Amazing stuff.

Glenn Ford Westerns ———– Jubal / 1956 / Part 1

22 Jul

Jubal / 1956

Garry mentioned Jubal  … so I thought we’d take a look at it.
Most of Ford‘s 15 (or so) Westerns were pretty good and Jubal is right up there.

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Ernest Borgnine

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Jubal

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A great cast.

Jubal Trailer 

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jubal posters

jubal video

Jubal – an unusual name for a movie
is from the 1939 novel Jubal Troop by Paul Wellman.
Glenn Ford Jubal (Troop).

Just for curiosity Borgnine, Bronson and Elam had also all appeared together in Vera Cruz (1954).

Jubal Troop by Paul Wellman
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Jubal / Part 2 … coming up … 

Vera Cruz … the rest of the gang

15 Dec

And what a gang it was …

Jack Elam, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson

Jack Elam, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson

Jack Elam, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson

Picture pilfered from Western Cinemania

http://www.westerncinemania.com/2011_03_01_archive.html

Vera Cruz ... dastardly owlhoots

Vera Cruz … dastardly owl hoots in front of a church

The Fiends! These dastardly owl-hoots have pulled their guns right in front of a church!

Vera Cruz -Darstardly owlhoots ruffing up Coop in the cantina

Vera Cruz – Dastardly owl hoots ruffing up Coop in the cantina

The Fiends! Six dastardly owl-hoots ruffing up Coop in the cantina!

Six darstardly owlhoots molesting Sarita Montiel

Five dastardly owl hoots molesting Sarita Montiel

The Fiends! Five dastardly owl-hoots molesting Sarita Montiel!

Vera Cruz - Chuck and Ernie

Vera Cruz – Chuck and Ernie

Men who enjoy their work. 

Vera Cruz ... the wrong end of a gun

Vera Cruz … Coop and Burt … on the wrong end of seven guns …

Making Westerns: it’s a tuff job but sumbuddys gotta do it.

11 Jul

HANNIE CALDUR 1“Geez … why is he doing so many ‘takes’?”

OK … not one of My Favorite Westerns … but it was worth at least one look.
…. or two.

Strother Martin, Jack Elam, Ernest Borgnine and Raquel Welch (in the middle) in HANNIE CAULDER

HEY ! where’s Robert Culp ?

Ernest Borgnine: 1917 – 2012

9 Jul

Ernest Borgnine

“Talk about cowboys. That’s my passion. I think it’s just wonderful when the studios revert back to doing westerns again.” – Ernest Borgnine.

Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino) appeared in many Westerns (The Revengers; The Trackers; Hannie Caldur; Chuka; Manhunt; Badlanders; Vera Cruz; Johnny Guitar; The Stranger Wore a Gun …) and Television Westerns (Wagon Train; Laramie; Zane Grey Theatre …) in an entertainment career that spanned 61 years.

Vera Cruz – Gary Cooper, Jack Elam, Ernest Borgnine (middle), Charles Bronson and Burt Lancaster …

Try to find another screencap with this many heavyweights in it!

Why are these men smiling? Cuz they gets to play ‘Cowboy’ and gets paid fer it!
Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Strother Martin in Hannie Caulder

Ernest appears in two of My Favorite Westerns: The Wild Bunch and Vera Cruz.

And earns a place in my Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Ride on Ernie.

Ride on.

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