Tag: Gerald Wilson

BR: Lawman (1971)

BR: Lawman (1971)

November 7, 2017 | By

As more of Michael Winner’s films emerge on Blu-ray, it’s not hard to pick up on the director’s attraction to tales of disrupted lives and outright nihilistic finales, but what makes Lawman more unique than Winner’s career hit Death Wish (1974) is how whole lives are ruined by the visitation of one man who’s supposed to represent the law…

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Westerns as Contemporary War Parables: Chato’s Land (1972) + Soldier Blue (1970)

Westerns as Contemporary War Parables: Chato’s Land (1972) + Soldier Blue (1970)

June 14, 2016 | By

Reviews of two parables in which their makers starkly criticized the Vietnam War: Michael Winner’s Chato’s Land (1972) on Blu from Twilight Time, and Ralph Nelson’s Soldier Blue (1970) from Lionsgate.

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BR: Chato’s Land (1972)

BR: Chato’s Land (1972)

June 14, 2016 | By

Written by Michael Winner’s frequent scribe, Gerald Wilson’s minimalist western is a strange rumination on racism, with a posse comprised of a post-Civil War captain, assorted thugs, a butcher, gleeful hard-drinking adventurers, and the amoral Hooker brothers hunting half-Apache Chato for killing the local sheriff in an armpit town…

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