A fairly standard Louis Lamour western. Shalako, the hunter and tracker has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bosky Fulton
Sir Charles Daggett
Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)
Lady Daggett
Henry Clarke
Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ...
Rojas (as Julian Mateos)
Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith ...
Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries ...


A fairly standard Louis Lamour western. Shalako, the hunter and tracker has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sean Connery is Shalako! Shalako means action! Action means Bardot!




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Release Date:

13 December 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Edward Dmytryk's Shalako  »

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$1,455,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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In 1967 , producer Euan Lloyd announced that Stephen Boyd would reprise his role in " Bosky ". See more »


One of the cowboys killed fleeing from the overturned coach can be seen still breathing. See more »


Countess Irina Lazaar: Shalako - it's a strange name.
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: Yeah. It means "rain-bringer." Zuni Indian.
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Referenced in The Last of the Gentleman Producers (2004) See more »


Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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Europeans get to play cowboy
31 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The idea behind Shalako is not as preposterous as it sounds. Lots of European nobles came here for hunting parties during the American wild west period. As was pointed out in the beginning of Shalako among others was the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia where Buffalo Bill served as a guide to his party.

That being said I'm sure none of them were as dense as Peter Van Eyck who when warned of Indian danger, refuse to leave an area. Quite frankly those Indians should have wiped those blockheads out and would have if not for the efforts of intrepid Indian scout Shalako, played by Sean Connery in a cowboy suit.

Connery looks real nice, but if he wanted to play a western a better script would have done for him. Sean knows this thing is a turkey, but if you had the opportunity to work with Brigette Bardot, would you pass it up.

Stephen Boyd is the best one here as the turncoat guide of the Europeans. Boyd was a good looking man with a trace of arrogance in his screen persona that made him right for a part like Messala in Ben-Hur, but wrong for Livius in The Fall of the Roman Empire. He's back in his proper element.

And I can't give the ending away, but folks take my word for it, it is ridiculous.

Still if you want to see some unfamiliar faces for westerns, this is a good movie to see.

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