The Comancheros (1961)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0
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Release Date: Oct 30, 1961 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 8,090
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
Oct 30, 1961 Wide
May 20, 2003
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Capt. Jake Cutter
Judge Thaddeus Jacks...
George J. Lewis
Elderly man on river...
Guinn 'Big Boy' Will...
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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.
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.
A good old school western with solid acting, a great musical score, wonderful cinematography and beautiful desert scenery.
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.
Interesting, at times brutal, John Wayne western with strong cast and locale.
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