Duel At Diablo

1966 United Artists/MGM Directed by Ralph Nelson Produced by Fred Engel and Ralph Nelson Written by Marvin H. Albert based on his novel “Apache Rising” Cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler Edited by Fredric Steinkamp Music by Neal Hefti DUEL AT DIABLO is one of those westerns that when I mention it even to fans of […]

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Buck And The Preacher

Columbia Pictures 1972 Directed by Sidney Poitier Produced by Joel Glickman and Harry Belafonte (uncredited) Screenplay by Ernest Kinoy Based on a story by Ernest Kinoy and Drake Walker Music by Benny Carter Cinematography by Alex Phillips, Jr. Edited by Pembroke J. Herring When I was growing up there were few actors cooler than Sidney […]

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Once Upon A Time In The West

1969 Paramount Pictures Directed by Sergio Leone Produced by Bino Cicogna Written by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Leone and Sergio Donatti Music by Ennio Morricone Three men wait a remote train station.  One man (Al Mulock) endlessly cracks his knuckles.  The second man (Woody Strode) stands underneath a leak in the water tower. Eventually […]

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My Name Is Nobody

1973 Paramount Home Entertainment Produced by Fulvio Morsella Directed by Tonio Valerii Screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi Based on a story by Fulvio Morsella and Ernesto Gastald As will usually happen to a writer, people will always ask me what my influences are.  And I name various writers and genres and then I mention spaghetti westerns […]

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The War Wagon

1967 Universal Directed by Burt Kennedy Produced by Marvin Schwartz Screenplay by Clair Huffaker Based on the novel “Badmen” by Clair Huffaker THE WAR WAGON combines two of my favorite genres into one rip-snorting package: The Western and The Heist. I absolutely love a good horse opera and many of my favorite movies are westerns […]

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Silverado

1985 Columbia Pictures Directed by Lawrence Kasdan Produced by Lawrence and Mark Kasdan Written by Lawrence and Mark Kasdan I absolutely love Westerns. Much as I love most genres of movies, if you gave me a choice between say, a Science Fiction and a Western or a 1940’s Murder Mystery and a Western or a […]

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Paint Your Wagon

1969 Paramount Pictures Directed by Joshua Logan Produced by Alan Jay Lerner Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner/ Adapted by Paddy Chayefsky Based on “Paint Your Wagon” by Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Lowe Music by Lerner & Lowe/Additional Song Composer: Andre Previn In the late 1960’s Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood were at the top of the […]

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The Missouri Breaks

1976 MGM Directed by Arthur Penn Produced by Elliott Kasner and Robert M. Sherman Written by Thomas McGuane Music by John Williams Cinematography by Michael Butler Edited by DeDe Allen/Gerald B. Greenberg/Steven A. Rotter I’ve seen most of Jack Nicholson’s movies and I think it’s safe to say that in a goodly number of them […]

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3:10 To Yuma

2007 Lionsgate Films Directed by James Mangold Produced by Cathy Konrad Screenplay by Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas Based on the short story by Elmore Leonard Music by Marco Beltrami Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael Edited by Michael McCusker Those of you who have been reading these movie reviews for a while know that […]

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Priest

2011 Screen Gems Directed by Scott Stewart Produced by Michael DeLuca Written by Cory Goodman Based on the comic book series created by Min-Woo Hyung Music by Christopher Young Cinematography by Don Burgess Edited by Lisa Zeno Churgin I have no idea why a movie like PRIEST didn’t click with audiences.  It almost got by […]

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