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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by telekaster1999, Jul 8, 2021.
Hang 'Em High
El Topo, Unforgiven
Fonda did not accept Leone's first offer to play Frank, so Leone flew to New York to convince him, telling him: "Picture this: the camera shows a gunman from the waist down pulling his gun and shooting a running child. The camera tilts up to the gunman's face and… it's Henry Fonda." After meeting with Leone, Fonda called his friend Eli Wallach, who had co-starred in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [a Leone film, as well as playing the bandit leader Calvera in "The Magnificent Seven"]. Wallach advised Fonda to do the film, telling him "You will have the time of your life."
Something else about the actors of that era - many had served in the military at some point, including - Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Jason Robards, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Clint Eastwood - in a variety of roles - some had seen combat, some hadn't, but they all went through military training presumably. It must have helped or contributed at some level to the "strong silent type" that is often portrayed in Westerns.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Ox Bow Incident
A Fistful Of Dollars
For A Few Dollars More.
The Good The Bad And The Ugly.
Never ever get bored of that trilogy.
Tossup between Silverado and Open Range.
there are so many, but i think my vote is for Lonesome Dove. i know i've watched it more than any other.
The Gunfighter a fairly recent short film, language gets a bit dicey.
I haven't gone through this entire thread but has anyone mentioned "The Three Amigos"?
And another one - the 3rd Beatles movie was to be a western, if they weren't burnt out. How cool would that have been?
Settle for anything with Big John in the saddle
The wild bunch
Appaloosa is a perfect movie. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it right now.
Lots of Lonesome Dove seen hereabouts. Deal me in.
Before Lonesome Dove, there's Shane. One of the best barroom fights ever put on film. One of the best muddied-street cowtowns, too. And before Lee Van Cleef, there was Jack Palance.
After Lonesome Dove, there's Dances with Wolves. A novel few read, became a movie seen by millions and by me at least three times in a theater.
As the ol' wagon wheel heads west, there comes Unforgiven. Perhaps the most riveting anti-cowboy film. Everybody who's a cowboy here would rather not be, at least if that means having to carrying a gun. Brilliant.
Oh definitely, I also had read of the Henry Fonda-Sergio Leone meeting. There’s also Sergio Leone’s other masterpiece once upon a time in America. I’m pretty sure I remember him saying somewhere that he dreams his movies first, then brings them to film.
I too have dreamt of movies many times that I have never seen. The ratings change but the theater is never packed, the receipts are small. Audie Murphy just popped into my head, regarding actors who were servicemen. Sadly I think he’s becoming forgotten because voice recognition would only hear him as Audi the car.
I am alone and I laugh out loud!
El Topo Giggio! Forgive me.
Recall watching "To Hell and Back" with my Dad maybe 30 years ago:
Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (2, 1 "V" device)
[and many other awards]