Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chato's Land (1972)

Director: Michael Winner

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The scream of his victims is the only sound he makes.

Plot: After Pardon Chato, a mestizo, killed a US marshal in self-defense, a posse pursues him, but as the white volunteers advance deep in Indian territory they become more hunted then prey, leading to internal strife. They rape Chato's woman, and are hunted down to the last man by the unrelenting warrior.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah!

Bronson = Badass! He doesn't say much...he doesn't have to.

First of all, look at Bronson's physique at age 51!

I need to start working out. Jeez. I don't know what more you need than Bronson and Palance but there's a shitload of killing on Bronson's part. He barely has any lines but then he doesn't really need any to say what he's got to say.

For the most part, it's a good movie but the nearly two hour runtime really hurts it. It's about halfway through that Palance's (who is surprisingly somewhat sympathetic here) men rape and murder Bronson's wife and child which sets off Bronson's revenge. The setup could have been much leaner and there's still some fat to trim once Bronson goes chimpshit. But seriously, though, it's Charles Bronson and Jack Palance in a western killing folks. That's all I really need...really.

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