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Shalako (1968)

M/PG | | Western | 13 December 1968 (UK)
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.



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


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)  »

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Edward Dmytryk's Shalako  »


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$1,455,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Producer Dimitri De Grunwald produced two films which have starred actors who have played James Bond: Sean Connery in this film (uncredited as an executive producer) and Roger Moore in That Lucky Touch (1975) (credited as the producer). See more »


Joshua trees are seen in the desert of New Mexico. Joshua trees are indigenous to the Mohave desert regions of Calif and small portions of Nevada and Arizona. There are none in New Mexico. See more »


Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: What if I just could I wanted?
Countess Irina Lazaar: I would kill you
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: At least I would die happy
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Referenced in The Postgraduate Course in Sexual Love (1970) See more »


Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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Average British Western with sensational though wasted casting
20 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This offbeat Euro-Western based on Louis L'Amour novel concerns about Shalako (Sean Connery) whose Indian name means ¨he who brings rain¨ . He's an US scout cowboy who intervenes to save European aristocrats on a hunting journey in New Mexico when they are attacked by Apaches circa 1880 .

This is a British Western set in Almeria (Spain) where in the 60s and 70s were filmed numerous Westerns , Shalako is a high budget but poorly directed . The gun-play , Indian attacks , shootouts are gripping but the movie is just another cold British product . Violent scenes abound as the attempt violation and murder of Honor Blackman . The casting is frankly magnificent but the film gets and incredible waste of a talented cast like happens with Sean Connery , though the first choice by the producers was Henry Fonda . There appears various main actors and secondaries usual in Western genre . Gorgeous Brigitte Bardot who played with Jeanne Moreau ¨Viva Maria¨ and with Claudia Cardinale ¨The legend of Frenchie King¨ . Stephen Boyd played Western as ¨Hanna Coulder¨ and ¨The Bravados¨ . Woody Strode at one of his habitual Indian roles as ¨Winterhawk¨ , ¨Loaded gun¨ , ¨The Gatlin gun¨ ,¨Keoma¨ , ¨Once upon a time..¨ . Julian Mateos , a famed Spanish actor , player in US Western as well as Spaghetti as ¨Hellbenders¨ , ¨Four rode out¨ , ¨Catlow¨ , ¨Return of seven magnificent¨ . Honor Blackman , pairing with Sean Connery in ¨Goldfinger¨ , here also makes love in a straw loft , this time with Stephen Boyd . Ernie Sykes playing a servant like in ¨The others¨ and Don Red Barry from Republic Pictures serial , ¨Adventures of Red Ryder¨.

Lively and spectacular musical score by Robert Farnon . Colorful cinematography by Ted Moore , he's the cameraman of most classic period James Bond : ¨Diamonds are forever¨ , ¨Goldfinger¨ , ¨From Russia with love¨.. The motion picture is regularly directed by Edward Dmytryck who made ¨Alvarez Kelly¨ , ¨ Warlock¨ , ¨Broken Lance¨, ¨Raintree County¨ . For somebody is a monumental bore but I think is a fairly watchable European Western , nothing more . Succeeds only in waste a lot of talented actors , for Brigitte Bardot only .

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