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Tuesday, 24 October 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Shooting function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: VCI Home Video MPAA rating: G starring: Warren Oates, Millie Perkins, Will Hutchins, Jack Nicholson release year: 1966 film rating: Three-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren For the background on this film, see our review of 'Ride in the Whirlwind;' the two films were made back-to-back by director Monte Hellman, who coproduced with Jack Nicholson. They were shot on handsome, even striking, locations near Kanab, Utah, with excellent cinematography by Gregory Sandor. Roger Corman, who served as an uncredited producer/executive producer, sold both films to another company -- which released them straight to television. They had no U.S. theatrical release for many, many years.
Tuesday, 16 May 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy release year: 1969 film rating: Four and a half stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Screenwriter William Goldman still thinks this should have the title on his script: "The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy," and feels it's only because Paul Newman, the bigger star, was cast as Butch that he got top billing over Sundance. That may have been Fox's reason for the title switch, but it was the right one to make. The rhythms of the words are better, more pleasing, with Butch listed first, and though Goldman tried to balance the movie evenly between his two outlaw friends, Butch is the one we remember best.
Tuesday, 21 December 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Lone Star function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Morton release year: 1996 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Lone Star’ tells us visually right up front in Chapter 1 that it’s going to be full of unexpected details, giving us the kinds of deep, verdant greens we associate with English forests – on the cacti growing in the hills along the Texas/Mexico border. Filmmaker John Sayles likes to tell specific stories within the context of presenting us with an insightful portrait of a culture. ‘Lone Star’ carries on this tradition, giving us a truly unpredictable murder mystery in the middle of a wonderfully interwoven knot of character studies, played out against the backdrop of changing social tides in the fictional town of Frontera, Texas.
Tuesday, 13 April 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Junior Bonner function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: NR starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Joe Don Baker, Ben Johnson, Barbara Leigh, Bill McKinney release year: 1972 film rating: Four and a half Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Sam Peckinpah's films are often violent, so much so that even years after his death, he's still known best for his use of violence. But his best movies, which means almost all of them, are really about the characters and their emotions; even the stories are usually secondary. Jeb Rosebrook's well-observed screenplay for Junior Bonner, in some senses, doesn't even have a story, but Peckinpah's gentle, affectionate treatment of the material makes this one of the best films of the 1970s -- and one of the most overlooked. The only "violence" in the movie are punches to two chins, a comic barroom brawl, and rodeo events; nobody even has a gun, much less fires one.
Monday, 17 August 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The War Wagon function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: NR starring: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel, Robert Walker, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Cabot, Joanna Barnes, Bruce Dern, Gene Evans. release year: 1967 film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren For a while, it looked like Burt Kennedy might become one of the major Western figures; a few he wrote for Randolph Scott are still considered some of the best A-minus Westerns of the 1950s. He began directing in 1961, and his THE ROUNDERS (1964) showed real promise. He did a good, workmanlike job with THE WAR WAGON, an entertaining but hardly innovative adventure of the sort that John Wayne turned out for several decades. However, Kennedy never really worked on this level again, and THE WAR WAGON tends to be undeservedly overlooked by Western buffs.
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