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But some times i think, i like only some scenes from these kind of films like in good bad ugly,Blondie, Angel Eyes & Tuco, three stare each other down, calculating alliances and dangers in a famous five-minute Mexican standoff before suddenly drawing.. that scene i like most.
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In Magnificent seven the scene when all gather & old man telling story about gold, then all happy & dance that scene also i like. Many scenes...
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Westerns in the 1940s and 50s played a role similar to science fiction books in the 1960s and 70s. Science fiction authors used the artificial settings of space and the future to explore various political and philosophical ideas. Similarly, the (better) westerns of the 1940s and 50s explored questions of personal and civic virtue.
With the political turmoil of the late 1960s (e.g. demonstrations in Paris, college campuses, and major American cities) Westerns fell out of favor and were criticized as being politically irrelevant (with their focus on individuals and small self-governing communities -- not to mention the anti-imperialist objection to the very fact of the Old West being settled, often at the expense of immigrants who had arrived a hundred centuries earlier). That's when some people began using the word "cowboy" as an insult rather than as praise.
How about "Serenity"? I guess my broader question is "how do you define 'Western'"? This movie had 6-gun revolvers, horses, thieves, small unprotected outposts... pretty much everything you see in a 'standard' western, but with the advantage of space ships!!!
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fred rosenberger wrote:How about "Serenity"? I guess my broader question is "how do you define 'Western'"? This movie had 6-gun revolvers, horses, thieves, small unprotected outposts... pretty much everything you see in a 'standard' western, but with the advantage of space ships!!!
Well, if you want to get weird you might this one. It seems like an ideal moving for Mystery Science Theater 3000. (I suppose they couldn't get the rights to it. Too bad.)
For those who only know Don Johnson from Nash Bridges, Miami Vice, or his mostly terrible movies of the 1980s (Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, anyone?), 1971's Zachariah will be a revelation. Now out on DVD from those wonderful people at Anchor Bay, the film billed as "the first and only electric Western" provides a fabulous example of Johnson's then-gloriously offbeat career.
Matthew (Johnson) and his best friend, Zachariah (John Rubenstein displaying a blinding Pepsodent smile) are small-town boys who decide to become gunfighters. After first taking up with a band of musical outlaws, the Crackers (hilariously played by the legendary agit-prop pop group Country Joe and the Fish), the two decide to join ace gunslinger Joe Cain (Elvin Jones) and his gang (The James Gang featuring future Eagle Joe Walsh). Finding himself disturbed by killing, a shift to a pacifist philosophy sends Zach back to farming, while Matthew blasts his way through the gunfighter ranks, inexorably working his way to a showdown with the one marksman he's not sure he can beat — Zachariah.
From the rock musicians who suddenly burst on the scene, electric guitars blazing, in the middle of the desert to Western towns dressed up to look like movie sets of Western towns, Zachariah is absurd, as befits a film written by the Firesign Theatre comedy troupe. It lives up to its reputation as the first rock Western, with an eclectic soundtrack that includes Country Joe and the Fish, the James Gang, the New York Rock Ensemble, White Lightnin', and the Ragin' Cajun himself, fiddler Doug Kershaw. What really sets Zachariah apart, though, are its heavily homoerotic overtones, brought to a climax by a tearful Matthew screaming, "How can I make it without you?" to a retreating Zach.
Zachariah features a glorious widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital sound, but the DVD is about as stripped-down as they ever get, featuring absolutely no extras, not even a trailer. As if to make up for it, though, the packaging includes an insert featuring stills from the film.
I too like western movies, but one hero who was instrumental in changing my mind is Al Pacino..
I watched Scarface and Godfather2 (Infact these were the first ever western movies I have watched) during my teen years and I became addicted to western movies. Awesome actor he is
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The greatest Western movie of all times is Star Wars. Or episode 4. While it uses space ships instead of stage coaches, all of the plot, characters, and action are straight out of the book of thousands of Westerns