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Shalako (1968)

PG  |   |  Western  |  13 December 1968 (UK)
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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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Bosky Fulton
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Sir Charles Daggett
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Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)
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Lady Daggett
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Chato
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Mako
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Henry Clarke
Valerie French ...
Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ...
Rojas (as Julian Mateos)
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Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Rodd Redwing ...
Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith ...
Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries ...
Hans
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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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Budget:

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

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Trivia

According to her memoirs Ingrid Pitt was considered for the role of Lady Julia but turned it down to pursue a (successful) casting role in Where Eagles Dare (1968). See more »

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A flaming arrow hits one of the covered wagons along the side, but it goes up in flames at the front above the driver's seat. See more »

Quotes

Sir Charles Daggett: [to Lady Daggett] Perhaps I'll leave you to the Apaches. They apparently have very interesting ways with ladies.
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Soundtracks

Shalako
Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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Not That Bad
5 January 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

SHALAKO is a movie that often appears in peoples least favourite western lists and looking at this page many people have said how much they dislike it but as someone who doesn't like the genre all that much I can't say it's all that bad First of all the premise is fairly simple without being threadbare which while not being a guarantee you'll be watching a great movie is often a guarantee you won't be watching an awful one: A bunch of European toffs on a hunting trip arrogantly wander into an Indian reservation and after being warned to leave by former army scout Shalako decide to ignore his expert advice which leads to some nasty consequences .

It's not a great story but it does allow for some character conflict and some serious violence . It might seem tame today but this movie was produced in 1968 when audiences were still being treated to war films where when people were shot they give a pained expression , clutched their wound and slowly sank to the ground like a dying swan . The somewhat sadistic violence is probably the main talking point of SHALAKO especially the scene with the sand and the necklace , you'll know the scene when you see it

Yeah it's flawed film . One point is the many accents used which makes it rather difficult to understand the dialoguein some scenes which probably annoyed an American audience while many of the characters remain somewhat underwritten , I kept forgetting senator Henry Clarke was in the story until he appeared on screen in an infrequent manner . As for the casting Eric Sykes seems to be doing his comedy routine while Apache chiefs shouldn't be played by African Americans

But all in all SHALAKO isn't as bad as some people would have you believe


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