The Meanest Men in the West (1966)
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Are you trying to get me to shoot you? A young boy living with his mother and step dad loses his mother during the birth of his little brother. His step father chooses the boy over saving the mom during birth and the young boy never forgives him. One day, he kills his step dad and helps his brother find a worthwhile home. The older brother becomes a ruthless outlaw and the younger brother is an outlaw, but hopes to eventually settle down and begin a family. The older brother never forgives the younger brother for his mother dying. Eventually, they will settle this dispute, over the death of their mother, with their guns. "Inside me there is life. For the first time I can see that it is different with you. They say you carry death." Charles Dubin (director of episodes of Matlock, MASH, Roots, and Hawaii-Five-O) collaborates with Samuel Fuller (director of I Shot Jesse James, Hell and High Water, and The Naked Kiss) to deliver The Meanest Men in the West. The storyline for this movie was delivered from the first two episodes of the Virginian. The plot is above average but not elite for the genre. The dialogue was okay but the acting was better than I anticipated and includes Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Charles Grodin, Gary Clarke, and Miriam Colon. "I sentenced you to ten years." "Well, I only served three months." I DVR'd this picture because it starred Charles Bronson. His old school movies are generally pretty good; unfortunately, this was just okay. The plot had a lot of potential but wasn't delivered with as much drama as I had hoped. Overall, this movie is an above average western but far from a classic. I only recommend seeing this if you're a huge western genre fan. "I hate the baby and I hope it dies!" Grade: C+
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