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Charro! (1969)

G  |   |  Western  |  13 March 1969 (USA)
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Jess Wade is falsely accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces. He tries to find the real culprits, a gang of criminals.

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Jess Wade is falsely accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces. He tries to find the real culprits, a gang of criminals. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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ELVIS PRESLEY as the one called CHARRO! See more »

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Western

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13 March 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Come Sundown, Come Hell  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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The songs were recorded in November 1968 at the Goldwyn Studios. "Charro", the title song appeared on the B-side of Elvis's single "Memories" (1969). A second song, "Let's forget about the Stars", written by A.L. Owens, was recorded for but not used in the film. It appeared, among others, on the compilation album "Let's be Friends" (1970). See more »

Quotes

Jess Wade: He'll be a lot quieter when that swelling goes down.
Billy Roy Hackett: Swelling from WHAT?
Jess Wade: That bump on your head.
Billy Roy Hackett: [feeling his head] I ain't got no bump on my head.
Jess Wade: [smacking Billy Roy's head into one of the bars] You have now!
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Can Can
(uncredited) from "Orpheus In The Underworld"
Written by Jacques Offenbach
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High Noon for Elvis Presley
17 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Elvis Presley plays an ex-gunman who has decided to reform. His decision is not well-received by his old gang. They beat him up, and enforce a grisly revenge - they "brand" him, to give him a scar identical to a man WANTED in two countries (Mexico and the USA). The "branding" is, possibly, the most gruesome scene you'll see in a Elvis movie.

This film has a classic Western Plot: Elvis is the representation of the Law - Badman gone good, friend of the Sheriff, and rival for a woman (Ina Balin). Elvis has imprisoned the brother of the Badman (Solomon Sturges, son of Preston). Head Badman Victor French is big brother to the jailed one. Mr. French has a deadly cannon - he says, "Release my brother, or I will blow up your town!" This movie is too rough-around-the-edges to be extraordinary; and, it doesn't tread on much new ground. It does, however, create a world of its own; if you let yourself into this world, you will be entertained for the run of the film. In that way, it's like many westerns - and as good as several "classic" John Wayne films.

Again, this is a rough-around-the-edges film - my vote for the roughest edges are: The background music is too hokey and repetitive; and, I found the Sheriff's wife's betrayal too abrupt to be believable - it is interesting in that it shows the relationship between Elvis and the Sheriff is stronger than the relationship between the Sheriff and his wife; although Elvis' first intent is to meet the Badman's demands by releasing the prisoner, he decides to honor the Sheriff's wishes.

The title song is very good; appropriately, there are no additional songs. The performances are fine - I would taken a little more time creating this film; still, everything about it ranges from adequate to professional. It sounds like an apology (because Elvis Presley made so many awful films), but I enjoyed "Charro!"

******* Charro! (1969) Charles Marquis Warren ~ Elvis Presley, Ina Balin, Victor French


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