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There are "Westerns" and "Westerns". Every now and then comes a NEW kind of Western. This is "BANDOLERO!".
Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits.
Mr. Carter, I was a whore at the age of 13 and my family never went hungry.
Strong beginning and end with a struggling second act in the middle, but you have James Stewart to help you power through it all.
The movie actually has a great cast, but Stewart stands above all in no real surprise. Dean Martin is almost playing a heavy that is a bit against type with Raquel Welch as gorgeous as she's ever been, but unfortunately trying her best at a Mexican accent.
James Stewart though...
I don't understand why BANDOLERO! has an exclamation point at the end. BANDOLERO!? seems more appropriate considering the unusual casting of Jimmy Stewart and Dean Martin as brothers.
If you're watching BANDOLERO! you're checking it out because of the cast. Add in George Kennedy and Raquel Welch... because who doesn't want to watch a western with that cast? When I came across the film a few months ago I was flabbergasted that I could have overlooked something like this.
But if we're being honest, Dean Martin isn't playing on the Dean Martin personality, and Racquel Welch is just eye candy with a terrible accent here. George Kennedy chews his scenery and Jimmy Stewart plays terrifically against type as moralizing cad, but a cad nonetheless. Stewart gets the juicy lines and the best scenes.
Not top tier, but good fun. Essential viewing for Jimmy Stewart fans.
James Stewart and Dean Martin are brothers in Bandolero!, a western directed by the underrated - I think so anyway - Andrew V. McLaglen. This casting automatically puts this film in the success column for me, being a Dean fan, a Stewart fan and a huge James Stewart western apologist, so this film was ahead a few points from the get-go.
Dean and his crew hold up a bank and get caught by an earnest sheriff (George Kennedy). He calls for a hangman after the men are sentenced to death. By a coincidence brother Stewart learns of this and follows the hangman and takes on his identity to help free his brother. After that a tumultuous chase leads the brothers…
This movie is disgusting. Raquel Welch's backstory is that she was a child prostitute who was pimped out so much by her dad that her family of 12 never went hungry. Then some rich dude inexplicably wanted to marry her so he paid her dad to buy her? A ruthless gang murders her husband during a botched bank robbery and then kidnaps her during their getaway. Because the leader doesn't let his friends rape her, she falls in love with him and this is supposed to make the you feel good or something. Or like it's tragic because he died and he was always a good person on the inside even though he was murdering people or whatever. George Kennedy plays a pathetic white knight who will make you sick. Even his friend is like "for real, dude?"
Whole long portions of the script go on and on about women and their roles as objects, with the "noble intentions" of our ostensible heroes being only palatable by comparison to the attempted rapists that are our villains. Occasional beauty shots of the desert don't make up for everything else being dull and predictable.
It's never a good sign when the title feels the need to shout.
After a botched bank robbery by Dean Martin as Dee Bishop and his gang goes all Pete Tong,and new sheriff George Kennedy as Sheriff July Johnson puts Martin and his gang behind bars. Mace Bishop (James Stewart) over hears that his brother and his gang are about to hang in Texas town of Val Verde,Mace Bishop decides to impersonate a travelling hangman ( wait a minute,that sounds awfully familiar) ,and rides into Val Verde to rescue his brother and the gang,Bandolero! boasts a pretty impressive cast list,with Dean Martin playing that shifty character he always seems to play in westerns,Im always wondering whether how much his drinking effected his acting or not. James Stewart although starting to look his age…
This movie has a great soundtrack. Especially the song that plays every time James Stewart does something.
Western abbastanza ordinario, se si esclude la prima parte, che vede un attempato ma convincete Jimmy Stewart bei panni di boia (indimenticabile) e bandito.
La vicenda tratta di fuga, malloppo e amore (un classico).
Non male il tratteggio dei due fratelli protagonisti (Stewart e Martin); meno lo sceriffo passionale di Kennedy.
Welch come al solito da infarto.
L'inglese McLaglen si dimostra regista non certo irresistibile.
It's never a good sign when the title feels the need to shout.
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Bandolero! was a very entertaining western. I have seen several Andrew V. MacLaglen westerns and this is among his best, a step below Undefeated and Shenandoah. The plot centers around the assisted getaway of a band of robbers from a foiled bank heist. James Stewart delivers a good performance as Mace Bishop, the morally questionable brother of the gang leader, played by Dean Martin. The plot moves along at a good pace, however it slows down a bit towards the end of their journey to develop a romantic plot.
Um tiquinho de racismo aqui, um tiquinho de xenofobia ali e um tiquinho de machismo acolá. Tirando isso -que infelizmente era comum em faroeste da época-, o filme acerta na relação entre os irmãos Dean Martin e James Stewart.
Run of the mill western.
I tend to be a sucker for anything with an exclamation mark in its title, so BANDOLERO!'s right away got that going for it. It has a decent cast too, I guess, with Stewart and Martin and Welch, but it's mainly the title's punctuation that attracts me. It's meant to be a delightful, raucous, celebratory whoop but ends up just desperate and odd. Perfecto!
Indeed the picture itself has some trivial and maybe-sorta-humorous stuff in its story that I find quite interesting. Before a hangman hangs who he has to (although, calling them "subjects" or "prisoners" is something he should laboriously decide for himself), he must ascertain how they feel about it, ie., whether they'll be crying or praying the…
If you want to pay homage to the late great George Kennedy, here is a good one on Netflix streaming. He has a great scene with the lovely Raquel Welch. Great cast, beautiful cinemascope, lots of fun.
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