Tag: John Sturges

Hard Westerns from Hard Directors: Hour of the Gun (1967) + Lawman (1971)

Hard Westerns from Hard Directors: Hour of the Gun (1967) + Lawman (1971)

November 7, 2017 | By

Two gritty unconventional westerns arrive on Blu via Twilight Time: John Sturges’ Hour of the Gun (1967) and Michael Winner’s Lawman (1971), plus some thoughts on director Winner.

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BR: Hour of the Gun (1967)

BR: Hour of the Gun (1967)

November 7, 2017 | By

In between the sprawling super-productions of The Hallelujah Trail (1965) and Ice Station Zebra (1968), in 1967 John Sturges switched to a smaller intimate project that was ostensibly about the stubborn friendship between two men of differing moral character bonded by an unwavering loyalty…

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Detective John Wayne!

Detective John Wayne!

September 5, 2014 | By

Reviews of John Wayne’s pair of detective thrillers – Brannigan (1975), new on Blu from Twilight Time, and McQ (1974) from Warner Bros.

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DVD: McQ (1974)

DVD: McQ (1974)

September 5, 2014 | By

John Wayne’s decision to tackle the popular detective thriller seems like a natural move to extend his tough American hero persona to a related genre, but stepping away from war and western films was also a necessary change as both aging genres had become more cynical under the directorial baton of younger directors, and yet one can argue the cop thriller was a genre steeped in even greater cynicism…

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