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Catlow (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Western | 1 October 1971 (USA)
An outlaw tries to avoid interference as he journeys to pull off a $2,000,000 gold robbery.

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Catlow
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Cowan
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Miller
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Rosita
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Christina
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Rio (as Michael Delano)
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Recalde (as Julian Mateos)
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Caxton
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Mrs. Frost
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Oley (as Bob Logan)
John Clark ...
Keleher
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Dutch
Cass Martin ...
Sanchez
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General (as Jose Nieto)

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Marshall Cowan and the mercenary Miller are both separately hunting the outlaw Catlow. During the Civil War both Cowan and the always smiling Catlow were comrades. Catlow helps Cowan, when he is wounded in the right leg by an arrow from the Apaches, despite Cowan hunting him. Catlow escapes with help of his gang. Catlow then robes a Mexican gold shipment, worth $ 2,000,000. Catlow flies with the stolen gold through the dangerous territory of the Apaches who besides of Miller, Cowan and the Mexican cavalry, are hunting for him and his gang of outlaws. Written by Robert

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The Mexican cavalry wanted him murdered. The Apache nation wanted him massacred. Texas ranchers wanted him mangled and his only hope was a Marshal, who wanted him hanged. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for western action violence | See all certifications »

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Diane Cilento was the first choice for the female lead. See more »

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Shortly after Cowan is given a beautiful Palomino (light brown horse with an ample blond mane) as a gift from Christina to replace the horse he lost while saving her brother's life, he rides off into the desert in pursuit of Catlow on a (dark brown) Quarter Horse. See more »

Quotes

Catlow: You still got that warrant?
Cowan: Two. One for jumping arrest. You stirred up some kind of a hornet's nest back there. And that Miller, he's packing a lot of heat.
Catlow: Think I can't handle him?
Cowan: Well, if somebody shoots you, let's keep it in the family. I'm gonna bring you in before he carries you in.
Catlow: There's a derringer looking at you says you don't.
[Catlow has a gun underneath the table pointing at Cowan's belly]
Cowan: Oh?
[looks down at the table]
Catlow: I'd hate to shoot that badge off you just to prove it.
Cowan: Yeah, ...
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Referenced in Hammer (1972) See more »

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Indian Ambush
Composed and Arranged by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Such a pleasant western!
29 November 2007 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a rather little entertaining western to watch. It has all of the violence and shooting but still it's made in a sort of more light and fun way.

Never thought I would ever see Leonard Nimoy in a western. He made some appearance in western's but mostly in series and TV-movies. I think this is his biggest western's role out of his career. On top of that, he also plays the villain in this one and he does it extremely well. He truly had some real talent for playing the bad guy and I wouldn't had minded seeing him in more roles such as this one. Yul Brynner is also good as always. He really was in his element in westerns. In this movie he takes a more of a kind and humorous approach, which also works out really well for him.

The characters are good ones but the character treatment isn't among the greatest. Yul Brynner will disappear out of the movie for some time, then Richard Crenna and then Leonard Nimoy. He's supposed to be the main villain, but nevertheless he gets hardly featured in the second halve of the movie at all. Consistency is not a too common thing within this movie.

It's fine that the movie concentrates mainly on two characters, that are different and also on the other side of the law, but still great friends, although they are not afraid to punch, or shoot at each other either to get what they want. This sort of approach of an unlikely friendship isn't of course uncommon in a western.

The story is a fine one, that leaves plenty of room for action. There a lot of shootouts, also involving villainous Indians. It all makes sure that the movie at all time is a fast going, with plenty happening on the screen.

It's a real '70's western. '70's westerns are a total different thing from westerns from any other decade. It has that typical kind of '70's rawness all over it and in this case the movie also features some experimental techniques, such as some extremely fast editing in some scenes. Not sure if it truly helps or uplifts the movie but it still makes it a tiny bit more interesting to watch.

Really a movie I enjoyed watching, though it's obviously no genre classic. It's just too small and insignificant for that.

7/10

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