MGM DVD R1 release, Dir by Don Medford (more of a TV dir did some Twilight Zones, The Rifleman, Untochables, etc., etc.)
Picked up this bloody Almeria shot Western today and watched it, its not bad, and its entertaining, very bloody, as Gene Hackman (Ruger) and his “hunting party” go after Frank Calder (Oliver Reed) and his gang who mistakenly happen to kidnap a woman (Candace Bergen) that they think is the school marm but who in reality is Ruger’s wife (for the purpose of teaching Reed to read). Ruger equiped his “party” with scoped 800 yard rifles, and they easily pick off Calder’s gang. There are really no good guys in this western and it dose have a SW like ending, no big shootouts though, but lots of carnage, animal gutting, shotgun to the face, etc., etc., definitely not for the squimish among you.
Also a bit misogynistic, so ladies beware.
Note to future Western Directors: This is what modern westerns need more “carnage” less dialog
Forgetable score by Riz Ortolani
Recognized some town landscapes from “The Mercenary” and a lot of the familiar ramblas, the oasis from FAFDM, and also a lot of landscapes that I’ve not seen before. If you can pick it up for under $10 is worth a look.
Reed does a very credible job as an outlaw much better and more believeable than Sean Connery’s turn as a scout in Shalako.