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Chato's Land (1972)

PG | | Western | 2 July 1972 (UK)
In 1870s New Mexico, a half-breed kills a bigoted sheriff in self-defense but the posse that eventually hunts him finds itself in dangerous territory.

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Capt. Quincey Whitmore
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Joshua Everette
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Jubal Hooker
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Elias Hooker
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Earl Hooker
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Martin Hall
Sonia Rangan ...
Chato's woman
William Watson ...
Harvey Lansing
Roddy McMillan ...
Gavin Malechie
Paul Young ...
Brady Logan
Raul Castro ...
Mexican scout
Lee Patterson ...
George Dunn
Roland Brand
Peter Dyneley ...
Ezra Meade
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Storyline

After Pardon Chato, a mestizo, kills a US marshal in self-defense, a posse pursues him, but as the white volunteers advance deep in Indian territory they become more prey than hunters, leading to internal strife. Written by KGF Vissers

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What Chato's land doesn't kill, Chato will. See more »

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Trivia

Michael Winner had wanted Gene Hackman for the Jack Palance part See more »

Goofs

Several times as the posse rides through the desert, the saguaro cacti props in the background can be seen jiggling and flapping their arms in the wind. See more »

Quotes

Jubal Hooker: I ought to woop you.
Elias Hooker: But you won't, Jubal, because you know I'd put a hole in your gut.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Fairly Good For A Winner Film
15 September 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

CHATO`S LAND was shown alongside DEATH WISH on BBC1 tonight as a tribute to the late Charles Bronson . To be honest this isn`t much of a tribute down to the simple fact that Bronson has very little dialogue and only a few scenes in a film that concentrates more on the posse than their pray . A far better tribute would have been that Bronson movie that contains the classic line " Put down those melons "

On its own merits CHATO`S LAND is a fairly entertaining and intelligent film featuring a ( White ) posse on the trail of an ( Apache ) fugitive . It`s one of those Vietnam allegories as seen in TOO LATE THE HERO , ULZANA`S RAID and THE CRAZIES . Don`t believe me ? , well check out the scenes with the Mexican being the surrogate South Vietnamese and Ezra Meade a metaphor for the anti war movement and just to hit the audience over the head with the point there`s a sequence of a village being burned to the ground

Michael Winner is hardly the greatest film maker who`s ever lived ( Check out the very obvious day for night filming ) but he does deserve some credit for casting someone who actually looks like an Indian in the title role and it`s not often you see a couple of Scottish characters in a western who give a very , very accurate description of rain soaked Greenock


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