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The Comancheros Reviews

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deano
Super Reviewer
December 16, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
½ April 24, 2008
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?
garyX
Super Reviewer
½ May 28, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
½ July 3, 2011
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.
xxdebxx
Super Reviewer
½ March 20, 2010
John Wayne is good as the cantankerous and rough Texas Ranger who goes undercover to smoke out a gang smuggling guns to the Comanches. Along the way he gets entangled with gambler and fugitive Paul Regret played by Stuart Whitman and the girl (Ina Balin) who fancies the gambler and who just so happens to be the daughter of the head of the Comancheros, a gang of renegades who provide the Comanches with booze and guns.
It's a great ride from beginning to end and Lee Marvin does well in his small part and Whitman was okay as a fugitive on the run with a heart of gold and a good aim with the gun.
However, two things I didn't like was this film depiction of all Comanches as drunken, bloodthirsty savages and the heroine's willingness to sell out her father and friends so easily is a little lacking in credibility, but I guess when they say love conquers all that included kith and kin.
February 21, 2010
A bit of a mixed bag. Great cinematography, but surprisingly weak art direction, it?s period detail is unimpressive, but the location filming is exceptional. John Wayne gives his usual wooden performance but Lee Marvin and Stuart Whitman do a good job. Ina Balin is bland as the female interest and is a curious choice for the role. Good editing, fine direction and writing.
November 24, 2009
It's historically inacurate, and a bit corny in parts, but at least The Comancheros is fun! Plenty of action keeps the movie rolling right along.
June 14, 2008
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
January 15, 2008
i'm not a big western fan, but it's pretty good. not entirely sure what the overall point was, though
½ June 8, 2007
Like many westerns, pits cowboys (who were in essence the enemy) against the Native Americans (who were portrayed as the enemy). Kind of embarrassing.
November 23, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
June 16, 2014
This is a really engaging western. Nothing too deep here, but it's well-paced, light and enjoyble. Wayne and Whitman work well together. Lee Marvin apperas briefly and totally steals the film with a wild, crazed performance. One doesn't think of Curtiz as a director of westerns, but he handles the genre with the smooth professionalism he brought to all his films. This was his last film. He was dying of cancer while directing it and apparently Wayne tepped in and directed quite a bit of it.
½ April 16, 2013
---One of Wayne's better westerns, with a good storyline, interesting characters and excellent cast. Cinematography is exceptional, the musical score is rousing, and Wayne's portrayal of a dedicated Texas Ranger, still grieving for the wife he lost years earlier, is at times quite poignant.
---The "buddy" chemistry between Wayne and co-star Whitman is very good, and, as usual, with a James Edward Grant script (partnered with feminine dialogue powerhouse Clair Huffaker), the dialogue always "feels right" for the character. Very entertaining and fast-paced, The Comancheros rates a solid A-.
August 12, 2012
This is a very boring movie and the plot is lame, LAME, LAME!!!!!
½ July 12, 2012
Very Solid John Wayne Western!
March 22, 2010
Monday March 22, 2010

(1961) The Comancheros
WESTERN/ ACTION

Out of all the John Wayne's 'shoot em up' westerns is concerned, this one is probably one of my favorite's in terms of action is concerned. Besides being the most action oriented John Wayne had ever done, this film also marks as Michael Curtiz final film of "Casablanca" fame!!! Simplistic storyline has John Wayne as sheriff finding and tracking down "Wanted" Paul Regret for shooting the judges son on a fair challenge, while travelling with him he then builds a rapport with him after saving his life before being asked to aide and help an illegal gun trade operation with some comancheroes . Favorite film of all time since the reason for it's storyline was to adapt to John Waynes real life views as a straight up hard nosed sheriff. Brightly photographed locations as well as well staged action sequences. Lee Marvin also has a small part in this film too as a scalphunter trader.

This film gets a
4/4
January 11, 2012
67/100. I have Mixed feelings about this movie. It had great cinematography but poor period detail. Movie had some great action scenes and humor between Duke and Mon-SEWER, but also wore on when the film got off track such as the brief scene with Wayne's love interest who surprisingly never surfaced again after a small scene developing Wayne's backstory. Lee Marvin had a great cameo but Stuart Whitman and Ina Balin didn't do much to impress me. Well made but nothing too memorable to take away after a viewing. Decent but unspectacular entry in John Wayne and Michael Curtiz's filmographies. Good editing and writing with another amazing Elmer Bernstein score.
Super Reviewer
½ July 3, 2011
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.
September 27, 2004
THE COMANCHEROS (1961)
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