Bandolero!

1968

Action / Crime / Drama / Romance / Western

Bandolero! (1968) download yts

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Raquel Welch as Maria Stoner
James Stewart as Mace Bishop
Dean Martin as Dee Bishop
George Kennedy as Sheriff July Johnson
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Reviewed by Righty-Sock 7 / 10

Dour and downbeat but well-staged Western with emphasis on hanging and rape; an unusual mixture but smoothly assembled…

In the sixties Stewart has shown no signs of losing interest in the Western, completing three for Andrew V. McLaglen—the emotional but dignified 'Shenandoah,' 'The Rare Breed,' and 'Bandolero!' He also joins his old colleague, Henry Fonda, for 'Firecreek' and made "The Cheyenne Social Club," under the direction of Gene Kelly…

Stewart embraced the Western relatively late in his career, but did so whole-heartedly and has earned special place in the history of the genre... He probably didn't expect McLaglen to inspire him to a character excessively theatrical, McLaglen's forte was action, and this he delivered in a professional, if hardly spectacular style... The entire tone of the picture, which co-stars Dean Martin as his outlaw younger brother and Raquel Welch, singularly out of place in a Western setting, is decided1y superficial…

Raquel Welch seems painfully ill at ease as the grieving widow of a man killed by fugitive outlaw brothers (Martin and Stewart) in a holdup… She comes across more as a camp-follower than as an outraged widow, who gradually falls in love with Martin… Her suit is aided by Stewart, who would like his younger brother to leave his life of crime and settle down to something more respectable

The plot piles on the Western clichés… It is the post-Civil War west; older brother Stewart fought in the Union Army, younger brother Martin in the Confederate ranks… Pretending to be a hangman (he has stolen the guy's getup on the road) Stewart rescues Martin from the scaffold… After they've held up a bank, intrepid sheriff George Kennedy chases Stewart and Martin to Mexico, with hostage Welch in tow… In a peculiar plot twist, the outlaws find themselves temporary allies with the sheriff when they are set upon by Mexican bandits…

McLaglen does keep the action moving, and Welch tries to be sexy in the style audiences had come to expect of her, but is suffocated under her frustrated widow character...

Reviewed by asd 5 / 10

Names of 3 characters in this movie re-used in Lonesome Dove

Having paid my debt to the library, I was once again able to rent DVDs from them, and I got right back into the swing of things with this western from 1968. I like westerns as much as the next guy, but honestly, I checked it out because it was a Raquel Welch film, and like most of her oeuvre, it's basically harmless but hardly ever aspires to be anything other than mildly satisfying.

There's some odd casting in Bandolero; Dean Martin (!!) plays Dee Bishop, a ne'er do well, and Jimmy Stewart (!!) plays his brother Mace (what is this, Star Wars?), a slightly more noble ne'er do well. Will Geer – best known as Grandpa on the Waltons – is along for the ride as a cantankerous old outlaw named Pops, and George Kennedy rounds out the cast as the simple but good-hearted sheriff with a name far better than the rest of the film, July Johnson. Lastly of course, we have Welch (note how I avoided using the 'rounding out' joke on her?), who plays Maria Stoner, a Mexican ex-whore who has married a rich man and is his trophy wife (shades of Anna Nicole Smith). When Dee kills Stoner in the first reel, Maria is left all alone, and is taken hostage by Dee after his narrow escape from the gallows.

The plot is fairly straightforward; the sheriff loves the woman who will have nothing to do with him, and he tracks her all over God's brown earth (i.e., Mexico) to get her back. Inexplicably she falls in love with her husband's murderer (Raquel falling for Dean Martin? That's like Natalie Portman falling for Patrick Dempsey. Come on) as they travel deeper into bandito country. As we get to know the characters we find that pretty much everyone other than Dee and his brother in the outlaw gang is a rotten apple (which is such a shock, seeing as how they are bank robbers), and only Mace really has any couth at all.

Martin, ostensibly the star, is okay here. I never considered him much of an actor, but he's serviceable here. Welch is okay; mostly she has to look good, which isn't hard for her (her hair and nails are always impeccable). I liked Will Geer's world-weary sarcasm and venality, mostly because it was such a change from Grandpa. And Kennedy tries his best to be a likable simpleton, playing everything straight and honest; July's a good guy, but there's not enough to him to tug much at our sympathies. The big surprise is Stewart, who doesn't really seem right for the role of an aging desperado; but his insistence on playing it just less than serious is terrific, and most of his scenes right up until the end are highly amusing. In fact he and Martin have surprising comedic chemistry, and several of their scenes play as asides, everyone stopping what they are doing to listen to the two brothers riff. Stewart imbues the film with some much-needed humor, and steals the show at the same time.

Bandolero isn't remembered as a classic, with good reason, but it isn't a bad film. It would be forgettable if not for Stewart, but with his comedic licks it rises to be a moderately engaging comedy. There are scores of better westerns, and even better Welch films (and many better Stewart films), but overall, for an evening's diversion, you could do much, much worse.

Reviewed by schaffermatt54 6 / 10

THIS IS A GOOD RIDE.

Without comparing it to any of the acknowledged "greats" or even better westerns any of the stars made, "Bandolero" is a satisfying movie - interesting enough story with a bit of a humorous twist, well-mounted, beautifully shot, and everybody involved does their customary good job. If it drags a bit in some of the campfire scenes, it makes up for it in the action scenes. Must single out Rudy Diaz, who plays the chief Mexican bandit, as making a particularly vivid impression in his few scenes. Oh, I almost forgot, another rousing Jerry Goldsmith score worth owning on its own account. What more can you ask, seeing great guys like Jimmy, Dean, George, Harry Carey & Co., and of course Raquel, going thru long-practiced paces they knew so well by this time?

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