Friday, November 7, 2014

The Bounty Man (1972)

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey

Writer: Jim Byrnes

Composer: The Orphanage

Starring: Clint Walker, Richard Basehart, John Ericson, Margot Kidder, Gene Evans, Arthur Hunnicutt, Rex Holman, Wayne Sutherlin, Paul Harper, Dennis Cross, Hal Needham

More info: IMDb

Plot: A bounty hunter scours the West for his wife's killer as he hunts other outlaws down. His mission is sidetracked, however, when he falls in love with the girlfriend of one of the men he has captured and all three are set upon by a gang of murderous desperados.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Not bad.  This made for TV Western benefits from having a great cast of Walker, Kidder and a bunch of great character actors.  The desert locations don't get the visual they deserve because of the 1:33 framing but it works for what it is.  The story isn't bad and I dug what Kinkaid (Walker) did with Riddle (Ericson) but what he says right after that seems a bit quick and forced.  Still, fans of Walker and Kidder (like me) will find some enjoyment from it.  This is one of 20 movies in the Fortune 5 DVD set Grindhouse Experience. The quality is VHS crap but watchable.

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