My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

La Golondrina / Soundtrack The Wild Bunch / Jerry Fielding 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 …

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My Heroes have always been Cowboys .. Nelson Ben Johnson seemed to live a charmed life. Western Movie Stardom seemed to fall right into his saddlebags. It helped, of course, that he happened to be a top notch Cowboy – and it’s certain he would have been happy (and successful) to remain such. And if you’re …

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Warren Oates Next: Ben Johnson role of Tector Gorch …

Sammy A Wilder Bunch?? Casting Call Part 2 / Dutch Engstrom / Ernest Borgnine The Wild Bunch 1973 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 …

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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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The Wild Bunch reviews / Part 5: Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin talks about the film THE WILD BUNCH during an interview for AFI’s 10 Top 10 (2008)    

The Wild Bunch reviews / Part 4: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-wild-bunch-v54529/review AllMovie Review From the opening image of children happily watching fire ants kill a scorpion, Sam Peckinpah presents a relentlessly pessimistic view of frontier life in 1913 as it gives way to modernity; any sense of honor is strictly relative, and “civilization” means venal businessmen and mercenaries. …

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The Wild Bunch review Glenn Erickson – one of my favorite film reviewers. The Length of of Erickson’s review goes against my blog rule of keeping my posts short , but he’s so good at what he does I couldn’t figure out how to shorten it … The Wild Bunch: The Reviews / Part 3: Reviewed …

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The Wild Bunch: The Reviews / Part 2: I’m betting there’s been a few thesis’ written on Sam Peckinpah and The WIld Bunch. How deeply do people get into this? Let’s find out: THE WILD BUNCH: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (1995) Roger Ebert March 17, 1995 Cast William Holden as Pike Ernest Borgnine as Dutch Robert …

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The Wild Bunch: The Reviews Obviously outstanding Reviews – both by audience and Critics. There is much that has been said and written about The Wild Bunch – certainly one of the most controversial movies ever made: reviled or celebrated, almost in equal kind from it’s inception. Also definitely one of the most dissected and analyzed movies ever …

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“When you side with a man, you stay with him! And if you can’t do that, you’re like some animal, you’re finished!” – Pike (WIlliam Holden) / The Wild Bunch

Coming up: The Wild Bunch Reviews … 

MFW: I will not vouch for the authenticity for all of these posters. Not sure who wrote some of these tag lines … but they’re interesting. Nine?  

Bad Company … by Bad Company Bad Company Company Always on the run Destiny is the rising sun Oh I was born 6-gun in my hand Behind a gun I’ll make my final stand That’s why they call me Bad company And I can’t deny Bad company Till the day I die Till the day …

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     Robert Ryan Robert Ryan was already a grizzled veteran of the screen when I was a kid – and I missed most of his earlier work of the 40’s and 50’s. And to me he always seemed to be one of those actors that somehow were never young – even in his early …

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