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Director:
Writers:
Louis L'Amour (novel)
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Release Date:
12 November 1968 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
Sean Connery is Shalako! Shalako means action! Action means Bardot!
Plot:
A fairly standard Louis Lamour western. Shalako, the hunter and tracker has to save a party of European... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Shalako

Brigitte Bardot ... Irina Lazaar

Stephen Boyd ... Bosky Fulton

Jack Hawkins ... Sir Charles Daggett

Peter van Eyck ... Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)

Honor Blackman ... Lady Daggett

Woody Strode ... Chato

Eric Sykes ... Mako

Alexander Knox ... Henry Clarke
Valerie French ... Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ... Rojas (as Julian Mateos)

Don 'Red' Barry ... Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Rodd Redwing ... Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith ... Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries ... Hans
Walter Brown ... Pete Wells
Charles Stalmaker ... Marker
Bob Cunningham ... Luther
John Clark ... Hockett
Bob Hall ... Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Terrón ... Indian (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Louis L'Amour (novel)

James Griffith (screenplay) (as J.J. Griffith) &
Hal Hopper (screenplay) and
Scott Finch (screenplay) (as Scot Finch)

Clarke Reynolds (screen story)

Produced by
Euan Lloyd .... producer
Hal Mason .... associate producer
Artur Brauner .... producer (uncredited on UK prints)
Dimitri De Grunwald .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Robert Farnon 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Blunden 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey 
 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... hairdresser: Miss Bardot
Pierre Berroyer .... makeup artist: Miss Bardot
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
Bernadette Ibbetson .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Ronnie Bear .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (as Joe Ochoa)
Peter Price .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Anthony Morris .... construction manager
Mickey O'Toole .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Keith Palmer .... sound editor
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Collins .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bob Simmons .... action sequences arranger
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cabrera .... second camera
Bob Kindred .... camera operator (as Robert Kindred)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe master (as Ronald Beck)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... music director
 
Other crew
Nat Cohen .... presenter: for
Patricia Donahue .... dialogue coach: Miss Bardot
Luis Hernanz .... location facilities
Jimmy Komisarjevsky .... location supervisor (as James Komisarjevsky)
Pat Moon .... continuity
Roberto Roberts .... location facilities
John H. Smith .... production executive
Rodd Redwing .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edward Dmytryk's Shalako" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
113 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2004) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Senta Berger was first cast.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: One of the cowboys killed fleeing from the overturned coach can be seen still breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Countess Irina Lazaar:Shalako - it's a strange name.
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin:Yeah. It means "rain-bringer." Zuni Indian.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Indians Engage in Snobfighting, 27 December 2008
Author: Kakueke

A group of arrogant European hunters takes to the North American West to pursue game. Apaches? Am I about to say, little do they know that they will have to encounter hostile Apaches? Nope. Actually, it is, once they find out there are hostile Apaches, the more they want to stay. That is the tone set by the group's arrogant leader, Baron Frederick Von Hallstatt (Peter van Eyck). He and his haughty group, a German and a bunch with supercilious British accents, do not want to yield to "savages," but desire to teach them a lesson, even though the Apaches have treaty rights on their side.

Sean Connery plays Carlin, a hunter and tracker, but he is known as Shalako, a name given to him by the Indians. The tracker who leads the group, however, is Bosky Fulton (Steven Boyd). Rivaling Connery's celebrity in the film are those beautiful European actresses Brigitte Bardot (Countess Irina Lazaar) and Honor Blackman (Lady Julia Daggett). The Countess is supposedly being matched with the Baron, but she and Shalako later have eyes for each other. As for Lady Julia, she is married to Sir Charles Daggett, who loves her, but Lady Julia and Fulton have something cooking. The other leading couple is Senator Henry Clarke (Alexander Knox) and his wife Elena (played by the also-beautiful Valerie French). There are a few others in the Europeans' coterie, and Fulton leads a slightly larger group of American frontier types who escort them. Toward the start of the movie, when the Countess is hunting on her own, the Apaches kill the Countess' companion but let her and Shalako, who was passing by, go. This is after Shalako promises to tell the group to get off Apache territory. The group does not cooperate, and the Apaches attack the Europeans' encampment, and I will stop my narrative.

By and large, the characters, including Shalako, are uninteresting. As the protagonist, he continues to make the right moves, in contrast to the loser Baron, but is given no character development and is not a compelling presence. Yes, Sean Connery is miscast and boring here. His character is not even worthy of the mediocre eponymous score. The Europeans have their boring and condescending say; sometimes, one gets the sense that director Edward Dmytryk deliberately has them muttering or whispering inaudibly to emphasize their emptiness, nothing to listen to anyway.

Still, I like the movie, and the reason is its atmosphere. I am not aware of other movies in which Indians are fighting not white American settlers but aristocratic Europeans. Not only is the tension grounded more tightly because the supercilious Europeans add the level of snobbery to the typical superior attitude of whites, but we also know they are unfamiliar with Indians. Like the men, Lady Julia thinks the Indians are savages. She has the stereotypical terror of them one might think a member of 19th-century European nobility might feel. Such a group is not made up of people of the land in the sense of American whites, but people with a silver spoon in their mouth. Perhaps the tension in "Shalako" is comparable to the tension in some flicks in which well-to-do Europeans go to African jungles. Here, the backdrop is instead the wide open expanses of Western plains and mountains, shot well by the cinematographers, who do very well with the distance shots as well as the closer-up action scenes.

Also, the story involves some intrigue, if uncomplicated, including the treachery of Fulton and Lady Julia. Honor Blackman is not a femme fatale Pussy Galore, but she is a traitoress of sorts. Some fairly graphic combat scenes are included, as was beginning to be the trend in the late 1960s in American and European films; Lady Julia screams in a gruesome scene involving a spearing, and in another, suffice it to say she is "handled" by the Indians. That is quite an intense one, worth seeing. However, as a final note, don't expect much from the ending, which as one might expect involves a face-off with the Indians. It befits the mediocrity of the overall script and characters, except it is perhaps worse.

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