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A foreign film full of surprises. It starts out looking like a Tarantino gangster movie, then turns into a funny and warm love story, only later explaining the opening. If you like foreign films, you'll love this.
Although this has a release date of 2000, it actually was made in 1968 during a "Star Trek" hiatus. I guess Shatner figured doing foreign westerns worked for another TV star, so why not him too? But Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) had Sergio Leone directing, not Jose Briz (aka Gilbert Kay). But its doubtful Leone could have done anything with this script (also by Briz) that features Shatner in a dual role: as Johnny Moon who lives among the whites and his twin brother Notah, the White Commanche who smokes peyote and overacts (Kir-ock, anyone?)
Though billed first Joseph Cotton is clearly the second lead in this murky and mind numbing story. But I can see why Shatner did it. 1. Paid trip to Europe. 2. Dual role including one where he never wears a shirt 3. Gets to ride horses. 4. Gets to make out with the leading lady as BOTH characters. 5. Did I mention overact?
Interesting Randolph Scott western where he plays "Custer's favorite" troop commander who went away to fetch his fiance (Barbara Hale, Della Street from "Perry Mason") right before Custer managed to lead his men into the slaughter at Little BigHorn. Somehow people seem to think this was a cowardly act on his part and that he missed the massacre on purpose. So he spends the movie having to prove he's no coward.
What makes it interesting is Scott's character constantly defends Custer's actions, proclaiming the Army is trying to "whitewash" the event and that it was really Major Reno and Major Benteen's fault. Today most historians believe the exact opposite and that Custer's recklessness, pride and negligence was the reason for the Little Bighorn, thus making Scott's character 100% wrong.
Barbara Hale is good but she's way too young for Scott, who looks to be about the same age as the actor playing her father.
Harry Carey Jr. has a nice part as Custer's bugler.
One of the best comedies ever. Perfectly played by Falk and Arkin. Terrific script by Andrew Bergman. Directed with flair by Arthur "Silver Streak" Hiller. And it has Arlene Golonka ("Millie" from "Mayberry RFD"). The only blemish is the music seems a bit off at times. Otherwise extremely well done. This is what a great comedy looks like.
Puss in Boots channeling Senor Sock in a swashbuckling adventure-romance! Humpty Dumpty the only really weak part.