Review by anonymous (posted on 25-Aug-2006)
I loved this movie. I have watched it
at least a dozen times. The poem (originally from Poe I believe) that
"Mississippi" recites through out the movie is what intrigued me after
I "grew up" and watched the movie as an adult. Of course, as a preteen
seeing it for the first time in probably '67-'68, I thought
"Mississippi" was hot. John Wayne has always been a favorite. Robert
Mitchum's portrayal of a drunken sheriff was priceless. I especially
enjoyed the scene where he's in the bath tub holding his finger in the
bullet hole in his leg.
Review by DON ANDERSON (posted on 23-Jun-2005)
My first impression of this is as a decent copy of Rio Bravo, again featuring The Duke with non-western and young actors. At least it's better than Rio Lobo (gag).
Duke is a gun-for-hire, Cole Thornton, hired to scare off some squatters by a wealthy rancher, Bart Jason, played nastily by Ed Asner. Along the way he meets Christopher George, Nelse McCloud, a rival gunslinger, and James Caan, 'Mississippi', a kid trying to avenge a friend's death. Caan's character uses a knife instead of a gun, because it is found, he can't hit the side of a barn with a gun, to the amusement of Duke. Robert Mitchum is there as the alcoholic sheriff, JP Harrah, who, in the course of helping the squatters, Cole and Mississippi also manage to cure of alcoholism, somewhat like Dean Martin, "Dude", in Rio Bravo.
Of course, good wins out over evil, all the bad people die, plus one squatter, and we all learn a lesson about revenge. It's a good western, as opposed to Rio Bravo, which I, of course, would rate as excellent.
FYI: James Caan carries the obligitory nickname in the movie, 'Mississippi'. John Wayne was famous for giving characters nicknames because he couldn't remember their scripted names. In Rio Bravo, Ricky Nelson was "Colorado". In the movie Hatari, everybody had one, "The Indian", "Pockets", "Dallas", "Chips." Just another reason for me to be a John Wayne fan.
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