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Macho Callahan (1970)

R | | Western | 17 August 1970 (USA)
Macho Callahan breaks out of a Confederate military prison, intent on revenge against the man responsible for his imprisonment. Unfortunately, along the way, he kills another man and that man's vengeful widow tracks down Callahan.

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(as Bernard Kowalski)

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(story), (as Clifford Newton Gould)
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Diego Callahan
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Alexandra Mountford
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Duffy
James Booth ...
Harry Wheeler
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Juan
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David Mountford
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Yancy
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Crystal
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Officer
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Girl
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Jailer
Richard Evans ...
Mulvey
Cyril Delevanti ...
Old man
William Bryant ...
Dealer (as Bill Bryant)
Robert Morgan ...
McIntyre (as Bob Morgan)
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A man tricked into enlisting in the Confederate army is later thrown into a hellish stockade on desertion charges. He eventually breaks out of the prison camp, reunites with his old partner and sets out to kill the man who was responsible for his being in the camp in the first place. However, after accidentally killing a Confederate officer, he finds himself pursued by a gang of vicious bounty hunters intent on collecting the reward put up by the dead officer's widow. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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David Janssen - A fugitive exploding from prison! Hunted by killers! Led by the woman who wanted him...beaten, broken, or dead! See more »

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Asylliptos drapetis  »

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Six years prior to this film, Diane Ladd worked with David Janssen in The Fugitive: Come Watch Me Die (1964). See more »

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Alexandra Mountford: Your stories are marvelous. They help me to know you better.
Juan: Know me? Me and Macho? No. You see, up here
[indicating his head]
Juan: is not the place to really understand. Here
[indicating his heart]
Juan: is to understand.
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Passable and slow-moving Western about a prisoner escaped from horrid Confederate prison
14 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Dirty Western concerns about Macho Callahan (David Janssen) , he is a Confederate inmate in horrible concentration camp called Hooks during American Civil War , 1864 . Macho organizes a mutiny and gets the getaway . As Macho reunites with his old colleague and sets out to murder the person who was responsible for his being in the hard camp . After that , Callahan arrives a town , when in a discussion he murders a man (David Carradine) over a bottle of champagne , the man's wife (Jean Seberg) seeks vendetta . Meanwhile Macho accompanied by his partner (Pedro Armendariz Jr) looks for the man (Lee J. Cobb) who deceived him for killing . Later on , they are pursued by a posse (James Booth , Bo Hopkins and several others) .

This gritty Western produced by Joseph E. Levine contains thrills , action , violence and some blood and gore . The POWs breakout at the beginning result to be the best scenes , they're spectacular and impressively filmed . Offbeat point of view of West , but dialog and situations are bit believable and badly paced with some flaws and gaps . Good main cast as David Janssen plays a soldier hardened by his confinement and enjoyable Jean Seberg who is miscast as spouse seeking revenge against man killed his husband who turns out to be Callahan . As with many of his co-stars throughout his career, Jean Seberg enjoyed working with David Janssen , she said in her book that he had proved very fun company . Prestigious supporting cast though wasted , such as Lee J Cobb, David Carradine , James Booth , Bo Hopkins, and Richard Anderson as Confederate officer , among others . Furthermore, it appears very secondary Diane Ladd as a prostitute , Matt Clark as a Confederate torturer , Anne Revere , James Gammon and the Mexican Hugo Stiglitz . It packs atmospheric musical score by Patrick Williams and mediocre cinematography by Gerry Fisher , as it's really necessary an urgent remastering because of the copy is worn-out . Shot in Durango and the Mexican state of Morelos had a major power outage during the filming of this movie . The motion picture was middling directed by Bernard L. Kowalski . He's an usual director of numerous television episodes from the 60s until nowadays and occasionally filmmaker for cinema as ¨SSsss¨, ¨Stiletto¨ and his biggest hit ¨Krakatoa : East of Java¨. The picture is only for Jean Seberg fans . Rating : 4.5/10 , average.


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