Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One by one an A to Z trip through my dvd collection

100 Rifles (1969)

Lyledecker (Jim Brown) a lawman from Phoenix looking for Joe Herrera (Burt Reynolds) in Mexico to take him back to for bank robbery. While hunting for Joe, Lyledecker get caught in the middle of a bloody war between General Versugo (Fernando Lamas) and the Yaqui Indians. The Indians are being led by Sarita (Raquel Welch). Joe it turns out stole the money so the Yaqui Indians could buy the 100 rifles of the title and have a fighting chance against Versugo's forces. Helping the General are Steven Grimes (Dan O'Herlihy) who runs the railroad Versugo is using to transport his troops. And Lt. Von Klemme (Eric Braeden) a German military adviser. Though he doesn't care anything about their revolution, Lyledecker ends up helping Joe and Sarita. The film climaxes with a train crash and an all-out assault on The General's forces.

A fairly typical American Spaghetti Western knock-off. It's made memorable by a very sexy Raquel Welch. Plus there's Burt Reynolds being Burt Reynolds. Jim Brown as the lawman after Burt does a good job of holding his own in his scenes with Reynolds and Welch. The incredible Soledad Miranda shows up briefly and wearing next to nothing as Burt's bedmate. Dan O'Herlihy's character is mainly there for comic relief and doesn't get much to do, but he's enjoyable in the part.

The action set pieces are good but nothing spectacular. But something that is spectacular is Raquel Welch's train stopping water-tower shower scene. The score by Jerry Goldsmith is solid and at times reminded me of his Planet of the Apes score.

100 Rifles is a fun but inconsequential time killer.

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