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Barbarosa (1982)

Barbarosa (1982)




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Barbarosa is a western starring the unlikely screen team of Willie Nelson and Gary Busey. Nelson is an outlaw, Busey his country-bumpkin buddy. They decide to ride together, since both are on the run from separate family feuds. Directed by Australian filmmaker Fred Schepisi, the screenplay for Barbarosa was written by William D. Wittliff who would later gain acclaim for his adaptation of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.
Action & Adventure , Western
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Willie Nelson
as Barbarosa
Gary Busey
as Karl Westover
Gilbert Roland
as Don Braulio
Isela Vega
as Josephina
Alma Martinez
as Juanita
Wolf Muser
as Floyd
Kai Wulff
as Otto
Roberto Contreras
as Cantina Owner
Itasco Wilson
as Mattie
Paul English
as Horse Trader
Bruce Smith
as Photographer
Jake Busey
as Cook Boy
Robert English
as Horse Trader
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Critic Reviews for Barbarosa

All Critics (6)

Schepisi's Western is an underestimated film, boasting strong performances from Willie Nelson and Gary Busey

Full Review… | January 31, 2013

Schepisi doesn't have time to show off; Despite the opportunity for some beautiful widescreen vistas, he doesn't use them as a crutch or a cheap conduit for a scene transition without a proper segue. [Well, other than Busey's unbelievably toothy grin.]

Full Review… | May 28, 2011

Barbarosa comes along just when we thought Westerns were extinct: this gritty mongrel saga ought to satisfy all sagebrush devotees.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Barbarosa

Australian director Fred Schepisi does a careful job of bringing the western legend to light with endearing performances from actors Willie Nelson and Gary Busey.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Great western fun with plenty of grit. PLOT:After farm boy bumpkin Karl (Gary Busey) flees home after accidentally killing a couple of people, he runs into the most notorious criminal in the area, Barbarosa (Willie Nelson), who also has family problems. They are an unlikely team, but they decide to ride together and become the legends of the west. It's a basic western plot, but it's executed in a way that it comes off as an homage to most past westerns. ACTING:Willie Nelson isn't my favorite singer of all time. In fact, I can hardly stand him, but his acting is more worth it than I thought. I think he should have taken up acting over singing more often. Busey did a great job as well, adding a bit of fun charm to the role that could come off as a comic relief to some. Every other performance was decent, but not anything truly special. These two clearly own the show. SCORE:Most of the score was played for comic effect, but it did have some nice Mexican mood-setting music at times. OTHER CONTENT:This film resembles what I would call a worthy homage. This passes out a fine salute to the westerns of yesteryear with enough scenes of grit, camp, and toughness to make a western fan grin with nostalgia. Though it is pretty cheesy in some parts and pretty generic in plotting, it is a pretty fine western that can bring memories of the Man with No Name from its character backstories all the way down to its cheaply made effects. OVERALL,a great western homage with a basically lovable plot, surprisingly good and decent acting, mood-fitting score, and enough grit and camp to be considered a rightful homage, but it was merely a western of ordinary proportions.

Kendall Irwin
Kendall Irwin

This is easily Gary Busey's best performance ever(yes, better than Point Break). Willie Nelson is awe inspiring in this simple gritty western about the code between some men of a partially forgotten era. This film packs powerful lessons about the poison of revenge and the edurance of love and legacy.

Matthew Struyf
Matthew Struyf

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