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The Comancheros (1961)

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Release Date: Oct 30, 1961 Wide

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Michael Curtiz's The Comancheros was a deceptively complex movie -- so enjoyable, that it masked some of the best character development seen in a John Wayne vehicle that was not directed by John Ford or Howard Hawks, and so well made that it got by with some of the most violent action seen in a major studio release of the era. It also bridged the gap between Ford's The Searchers and the upbeat buddy movies of the late '60s and '70s (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, etc.). It's 1843

May 20, 2003

20th Century Fox

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Charming and agreeable, it moves along at a good clip. Shot in widescreen saturated CinemaScope, ... it's entertaining in a predictable way.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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Because he was largely a journeyman filmmaker who took whatever jobs the studio assigned him, most historians and critics regard Michael Curtiz merely as a capable gun-for-hire who was lucky enough to find himself attached to good projects.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A good old school western with solid acting, a great musical score, wonderful cinematography and beautiful desert scenery.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Wayne is decent, but this is a compromised Western due to the fact that ailing director Michael Curtiz (it's his last film) has no appreciation for the genre.

May 6, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Interesting, at times brutal, John Wayne western with strong cast and locale.

October 19, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Lively and cheerful, but too banal to be a top-rate Curtiz or Wayne film; nevertheless it's a pleasingly entertaining film.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Comancheros

This action-western picture of John Wayne is absolutely which has not one dull moment. It has lots of nice moments between the Texas Ranger (played by Wayne) and gambler (Stuart Whitman) as the unlikely partners to take on the villians of Comancheros.
January 1, 2009
deano
Dean McKenna

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actually a fun shoot-'em-up with all of the typical obligatory scenes all in the name of simply a good time. when movies were movies, yah?
April 24, 2008
ApeneckFletcher

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More solid western action from John Wayne who strikes up a fun buddy partnership with fugitive Stuart Whitman. The heroine's willingness to sell out her father and friends so easily is a little lacking in credibility, but pretty good on the whole. There's also a memorable cameo from Lee Marvin.
July 14, 2007
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A great cast in a very enjoyable Wayne western. One that has more below the surface than your typical western of the time. I especially enjoyed Lee Marvin, though his stint was too short. Interesting and fresh storyline as well.
July 3, 2011
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