BANDOLERO! (1968) Film Review

PG-13 | 1h 46min | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 June 1968 (USA)
DIRECTOR: Andrew V. McLaglen
WRITERS: James Lee Barrett (screenplay), Stanley Hough (story)
CAST: James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, George Kennedy, Denver Pyle, Will Geer, Andrew Prine, Harry Carey Jr.

SYNOPSIS: Mace Bishop masquerades as a hangman in order to save his outlaw brother from the gallows, runs to Mexico chased by the Sheriff's posse and fights against Mexican bandits.

My favorite movie ever. No question.
Seeing this as a 9 year old brought me that much closer to puberty. But it turns out to have also been technically superb, well written, amazingly cast and the music is hauntingly beautiful. The more I've watched it the better it gets.

How can another film compete with this combo?:

1) James Stewart - Possibly the most-loved film actor of the 20th Century, plays Mace Bishop, the charming and surprisingly flawed "good" older brother to outlaw Dee (Martin).
2) Dean Martin - Arguably the most successful entertainer in three mediums (film, music, TV) plays lovable, gentle bank robber Dee Bishop who doesn't want to kill anyone but suffers the consequences of hiring trigger happy amateurs to ride with him.
3) Raquel Welch - The most beautiful American actress of the 1960s-1970s- plays the recently-widowed, former-prostitute (and now very wealthy) Mrs. Maria Stoner.

4) Andrew V,McLaglen - Director of several major westerns and TV's Gunsmoke. Son of actor Victor McLaglen.
5) Jerry Goldsmith - the Best film scorer ever with one of his finest scores in this film.
6) Partly filmed in Bracketville, TX on the amazing set of John Wayne's Alamo Ranch.
7) Simple and (ironically) natural love story between Dee and Maria.
8) Perfectly timed humor between Stewart and Martin.
9) George Kennedy as the fumbling romantic foil.
10) Evil Mexican banditos (bandoleros) trying to rape Raquel.
11) Our heroes killing the evil Mexicans.
12) Clever plot twists.

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