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Blue -- A Mexican bandit, part of a gang led by his father, goes on a raid into the U.S. He falls for a beautiful woman and decides to leave his life of crime and settle down with her. Eventually his father and the gang come back for him, and he finds himself torn between his love for the woman and his loyalty to his father and his fellow gang members


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Ronald M. Cohen (screenplay)
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10 May 1968 (USA) See more »
The Rio Grande runs red when Blue changes sides. See more »
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BLUE (Silvio Narizzano, 1968) **1/2 See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Terence Stamp ... Blue

Joanna Pettet ... Joanne Morton

Karl Malden ... Doc Morton

Stathis Giallelis ... Manuel

Sally Kirkland ... Sarah Lambert

Robert Lipton ... Antonio

Ricardo Montalban ... Ortega
Sara Vardi ... Inez
James Westerfield ... Abe Parker

Kevin Corcoran ... Rory Calvin
Ivalou Redd ... Helen Buchanan
Dorothy Konrad ... Alma Wishoff
Helen Kleeb ... Elizabeth Parker

Michael Bell ... Jim Benton
Anthony Costello ... Jess Parker
Joe De Santis ... Carlos
Carlos East ... Xavier

Peggy Lipton ... Laurie Kramer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alma Beltran ... Cantina Proprietress
Wes Bishop ... Settler
Jerry Gatlin ... Wes Lambert
Bill Shannon ... Police Chief (as William Shannon)

Directed by
Silvio Narizzano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald M. Cohen  screenplay
Ronald M. Cohen  story
Meade Roberts  writer

Produced by
Judd Bernard .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Manos Hatzidakis  (as Manos Hadjidakis)
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
Hal Pereira 
Al Roelofs 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist supervisor
Gary Morris .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Bertha French .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph E. Kenney .... unit production manager
John Morrison .... unit production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Jack Corrick .... assistant director: second unit
Joseph Lenzi .... assistant director
Art Department
Tony Wade .... property master (as Anthony Wade)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Kelly .... wardrobe: men
Ann Landers .... wardrobe: woman
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Doris Grau .... script supervisor
Sally Kirkland .... dialogue coach
Anthony Pratt .... visual consultant

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USA:113 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Robert Redford originally agreed to play Blue and backed out at the last minute. He was sued by Paramount and afterward refused Roman Polanski's offer to play Guy Woodhouse in Paramount's Rosemary's Baby (1968).See more »
Blue:I'm tired, Mr. Parker... particularly of you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Fade-In (1968) (TV)See more »


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BLUE (Silvio Narizzano, 1968) **1/2, 11 August 2011
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This kicks off a four-movie tribute to the recently-deceased Silvio Narizzano who, in spite of his Italian name and Canadian origins, worked almost exclusively in English-language films; he made his name with the Oscar-nominated "Swinging Sixties" hit GEORGY GIRL (1966) which briefly took him to Hollywood where – like his contemporary Sidney J. Furie with THE APPALOOSA (1966) – he found himself turning a very ordinary cowboy tale into a Western with pretensions. In fact, I had missed out on this one a couple of times on Italian TV over the years, owing perhaps to its bad rep (Leonard Maltin rates this a measly *1/2) and, thus, made for a surprising choice to be issued on DVD (albeit emerging a no-frills affair) from Paramount...but, for this same reason, was extremely well-served by the transfer that utilized a gorgeous print whose colors leapt right off the screen on my 40" HD-TV!

In any case, this is a Western that, while not quite following the "Spaghetti" model (apart from the reasonably graphic violence), was still deemed an arty aberration (not least because it had British leads!) – stylistically, the film seemed to evoke the self-indulgent ONE-EYED JACKS (1961; down to recruiting Karl Malden for a major role!) whereas, thematically, it owed a good deal to HOMBRE (1967) with its racial issues and martyr hero. Its lack of critical and commercial success, for one thing, sent off star Terence Stamp (as much a brooding presence here – he is silent for the first half-hour or so, with the title itself a reference to the color of his eyes and, in fact, he goes by the name Azul i.e. Spanish for 'blue' – as Marlon Brando and Paul Newman in the two-mentioned films respectively) into a 10-year period of European wanderings mainly devoted to highbrow/obscure fare! For the record, it was originally intended for Robert Redford who, bailing out at the proverbial 11th hour, subsequently found himself slapped with a lawsuit by the studio for breach-of-contract!

The cast includes a couple of other popular names from this era: Joanna Pettet (who had been one of THE GROUP {1966}, here affecting a convincing drawl – though her acting and Stamp's is too modern for the genre, this only adds to the inherently offbeat nature of the film) and Stathis Giallelis (if only in a minor role – he is dispatched early on – having been the lead in Elia Kazan's America, America {1963}). Rounding out the protagonists are Malden, ever-reliable while not particularly taxed by his role of Pettet's dad (a doctor and thus a leading member of the settlers) and Ricardo Montalban, excellent as Stamp's own bandit-leader father (albeit only a surrogate) who had singled him out as his successor but now is inevitably drawn towards a face-off with him.

Typically, when he is prone to be civilized, the hero has to withstand backlash from both the whites for his 'animalistic' behavior (especially from Pettet's boyfriend, though the two men eventually make up and the latter is virtually made Stamp's lieutenant!) and his adoptive 'family' for turning on them (he killed a 'brother' who had tried to rape the heroine). With this in mind, the finale is properly tinged with tragic poignancy as son shoots father dead and is himself gunned down by an uncle! When Montalban threatens to decimate the entire community over what he takes to be Stamp's treason, the latter feels obligated to teach the settlers how to defend themselves: though booby traps are effectively laid along the stretch of beach where the battle is waged, the bandits' come-uppance is dealt a bit too quickly and overwhelmingly (with few losses among their own numbers!); incidentally, Pettet takes a nasty fall (clearly unintended) during her rush to comfort the dying Stamp which the director opted to retain for the finished version!

In the end, the chief assets here emerge to be pictorial and aural – courtesy of Stanley Cortez' sprawling cinematography and Manos Hadjidakis' flavorful score respectively – and these go a long way towards smoothing over the obvious narrative deficiencies (in the form of clichéd characterization and situations). A curious footnote: the contemporaneous FADE IN, a made-for-TV effort about the movie-making business that starred Burt Reynolds and which would eventually be credited to the fictitious Alan Smithee, reportedly features behind-the-scenes footage from the set of BLUE!

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