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I May Destroy You
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Randolph Scott is a frontiersman who trades cloth and a rifle for a woman kidnapped by the Commanche. Her husband has offered a large reward that attracts three drifters to their company. Another stripped-down western from the Ranown cycle. This film is all about the various character's choices, with the wrong ones punished severely. The beauty of it is you can see which decisions are coming, good or bad, and fully understand why they were made.
Randolph Scott is a principled bounty hunter encountering a number of complications as he takes a wanted killer back to Santa Cruz. The movie is lean and mean, providing outsized entertainment for its 73 minute running time. B movie western casts don't come better than this with Scott, James Coburn, Pernell Roberts, James Best and Lee Van Cleef all in good form.
Randolph Scott is a laconic rancher that must use his wits to survive a robbery and kidnapping he inadvertently stumbles into. At first glance this looks like a run of the mill 1950s B western but in this case appearances are deceptive. There is a suprising amount going on, even in the introduction as you follow the rancher on one of his rare trips from his isolated ranch to town. The dialogue is tight and authentic, especially when Randolph Scott and villainous Richard Boone are chewing the fat. Clear proof that entertainment value isn't dependent on a big budget.
John Wayne is a miner sent to Seattle to bring back mining equipment and his partner's fiance back to Nome, Alaska. It turns out the fiance is already married so he brings back a beautiful prostitute (Capucine), which leads to romantic complications. The movie wobbles about a bit thanks to sketchy acting from Fabian and Capucine, and some dodgy sexual politics but is good-natured enough to remain watchable. If you can make it through the awkward bits it builds to a warm, cornball ending.
fair if somewhat derivative Star Wars sequel in which Luke confronts the Emperor and Darth Vader and another death star is destroyed. It makes for entertaining viewing until the Ewoks make an appearance. The armoured and futuristically equipped imperial stormtroopers are apparently totally ineffective against stone-age teddy bears that struggle to clamber over a two foot obstacle. Really the most egregious example of a flaw that runs through the whole series; suspense is not generated because the Empire is just too incompetent to pose a believable threat.