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    Well, spaghetti westerns were fun enough, but I prefer High Noon and The Searchers, True Grit (2010) and Guns in the Afternoon. If it's got Gary Cooper, James Stewart or Randolph Scott, I might watch it, but it's not a genre I particularly favour.
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    Both the original and remake of True Grit are two of my favorite westerns. I think the newer one is slightly better in terms of both acting and general quality, but they both have their charms. Plus, I could listen to Jeff Bridges' delicious Texas drawl all day.

    High Plains Drifter is too much overlooked, I believe. It's classic Clint Eastwood.

    Blazing Saddles in my opinion only loosely qualifies as a western, but it is very funny and is a truly groundbreaking work.

    And of course, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly may just be the greatest western ever made.
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    Epic music for an epic movie, Jerome Moross' soundtrack music from 'The Big Country'.



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    I love this classic. Not watched it in ages, though.

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    I was brought up on westerns, a fixation of my father (he was an ex-boxer and loved anything with fighting in it).

    As well as films, we watched every weekly western serial going - off the top of my head, Laramie, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Rawhide, Bronco Lane, Wells Fargo, Cheyenne, Tenderfoot...

    Lucky for me that I did love the genre, or I'd have died of boredom. I loved, and I still do, the westerns of the classic age, most of which have been mentioned; plus some that came a little later, such as The Big Country, The Magnificent Seven and Gunfight at the OK Corral.

    Because of this, I am fascinated by American history - maybe also because my Scottish grandfather saw one of the later Wild West Shows in Dundee when he was four years old, and actually shook hands with Buffalo Bill.

    John and I recently read up on the Earp brothers, who seem to have been a band of thugs. It was shortly after that that we re-watched Gunfight at the OK Corral, which we'd found in a charity shop, and it added extra enjoyment, being able to pick holes in it, historically speaking.
    Still a good story.

    We both love the Star Trek version of OK Corral, where the Earps are the baddies.





    Because I'm of the era when it was all taken seriously, and the western was a sort of morality play, I'm not a great fan of spaghetti westerns, extra violent westerns, and satirical or comedy westerns, though I do love Blazing Saddles and Support Your Local Gunfighter.

    One later 'take' on the western genre - apologies if it's been mentioned already - is the science fiction film Westworld. Yul Brynner as the robot gunslinger who just won't give up is terrifying.

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    Excellent 1967 "slowburn" western about the aftermath of Gunfight at OK Corral (1957). Same director but distinctly non-heroic tone.


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    True Grit has been made twice, I think. The first time (1969) had John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn reprising Humphrey Bogart’s African Queen character, a major triumph for him. The only real liability was Glen Campbell as La Boeuf, a total miscast even though a secondary character. The second (2010) starred Jeff Bridges with a uniformly excellent cast and beautiful detail, but it may have lacked some of the magic of the first. I find it hard to choose between the two.



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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn reprising Humphrey Bogart’s African Queen character,
    Do you mean his portrayal of Cogburn was reminiscent of Bogart's portrayal of Charlie Allnut?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Do you mean his portrayal of Cogburn was reminiscent of Bogart's portrayal of Charlie Allnut?
    I don't know about the portrayal, but the two characters certainly seem similar to me!


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    Quote Originally Posted by geralmar View Post
    Excellent 1967 "slowburn" western about the aftermath of Gunfight at OK Corral (1957). Same director but distinctly non-heroic tone.


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    I love James Garner, but I've never even heard of this film! Shame on me, I'll have to get it. Thanks for posting this!

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    I'm not really a fan of Westerns, other than the Clint Eastwood ones, and I love pretty much all of his! Is that odd? Not sure what it is about the others I've seen that turns me off, or what it is particularly about his films that I enjoy that accounts for such a difference in view.

    Two Mules for Sister Sara was the first one I remember seeing, and it has remained a favorite. I think The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the most wonderful of them all, though. Eli Wallach gives one of my all-time favorite performances in this film, he's just incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I love this classic. Not watched it in ages, though.

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    and what movie was this based on??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldiat View Post
    and what movie was this based on??


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    The best recent western I've seen is Hell and High Water. I really liked the remake of 3:10 to Yuma with Christian Bale. I hated the more recent True Grit except for Matt Damon's role. Hateful Eight is probably my favourite Q Tarantino movie.
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    Yes, Ken, and I know which I liked better. I was disappointed by Seven Samurai when I finally got to see it. Lauded by the critics, its appeal was lost on me, and I know whose opinion is more reliable!
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