Let me confess that in viewing the rather longish (9:47) informal preview (below) for A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand (2014) by Thomas Jane, I had to wonder if this wasn’t a hoax ?? The internet – especially YouTube – is famous for movie hoax’s – especially phony trailers for films that don’t really exist. Watch this – if you will – and you’ll see what I mean. Apart from this, it appears to be a legitimate project. I hope so, because, again we have a movie that boasts a rather excellent cast:
” … Thomas Jane (of “Punisher” fame) is cooking up a Western called “A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand” that is apparently set to go into production early 2013 for, possibly, a 2014 release.
“A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand” will be coming to you courtesy of Jane, who co-wrote the script and will direct as well as star. Jeremy Irons and Nick Nolte are also in the cast, about “an ex-soldier [who] is relentlessly tracked down for the murder and rape of a well-to-do woman”, forcing him to “face mercenaries, tribal warriors, and women of sin to clear his name and uncover the true story behind the manhunt.”
Nolte, Irons and Thomas Jane …. that’s pretty good stuff.
Woodrow Wilson Woolwine “Woody” Strode
(July 25, 1914 – December 31, 1994)
was a decathlete and football star who went on to become a pioneering African American film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for
Best Supporting Actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960.
He served in the US Army during World War II.
Woody Strode Westerns
Sergeant Rutledge (1960) / Two Rode Together (1961) / The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) / The Professionals (1966) / Shalako (1968) / Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) / Boot Hill (1969) / Chuck Moll (1970) / The Deserter (1971) / The Revengers (1972) / Keoma (Django Rides Again) and (The Violent Breed) (1976) / Lust in the Dust (1985) / Posse(1993) / The Quick and the Dead (1995)
These aren’t the only posters that were made for Once Upon a Time in the West.
This batch seems to promote Claudia … and as you see she gets
Top Bill on most of them.
That other Western Claudia did? (Rick was asking)
Les Petroleuses / 1971
Starring Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale
Wikipedia says: “Pétroleuses were, according to popular rumours at the time, female supporters of the Paris Commune, accused of burning down much of Paris during the last days of the Commune in May 1871. During May, when Paris was being recaptured by loyalist Versaillais troops, rumours circulated that lower-class women were committing arson against private property and public buildings, using bottles full of petroleum or paraffin (similar to modern-day Molotov cocktails) which they threw into cellar windows, in a deliberate act of spite against the government. Many Parisian buildings, including the Hôtel de Ville and the Tuileries Palace, were burned down during the last days of the Commune, prompting government forces to blame the mythical pétroleuses.”
Yeah … well … this doesn’t appear to be a French historical docu-drama.
“Like plenty of other small screen programs, AMC’s Hell on Wheels has opted to shoot in Canada. The Calgary-based program is set to return to the schedule for an action-packed Season 3 premiere on August 3. However, recent and major floods on set may make it harder for the show to finish shooting Season 3 for a while. The show was busy filming last week when floods overtook the set, causing production to shut down. … “
The Raid (1954)
USA Feature Film
Director: Hugo Fregonese
Writers: Sydney Boehm, Francis Cockrell, Herbert Ravenal Sass
Cinematographer: Lucien Ballard
Composer: Roy Webb
Cast: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Lee Marvin,
Tommy Rettig, Peter Graves
Fregonese’s fact based US Civil War film, chronicling a confederate soldier’s infiltration of a small town in Vermont as he prepares to sack it, complicated by his meeting of an attractive young widow, is, with its excellent performances and uncompromising scripting, a thrilling yet intelligent examination of the ambiguities of war and human relationships.