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Gerald Wilson (written by)
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Release Date:
24 June 1972 (Japan) See more »
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The scream of his victims is the only sound he makes. See more »
Plot:
After Pardon Chato, a mestizo, killed a US marshal in self-defense, a posse pursues him, but as the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A masterpiece ! See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Bronson ... Pardon Chato

Jack Palance ... Capt. Quincey Whitmore

James Whitmore ... Joshua Everette

Simon Oakland ... Jubal Hooker

Ralph Waite ... Elias Hooker

Richard Jordan ... Earl Hooker

Victor French ... 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
Hugh McDermott ... Bartender
Celestino González (as Celestino Gonzalez)
Florencio Amarilla
Verna Harvey ... Shelby Hooker
Sally Adez ... Moira Logan
Clive Endersby ... Jacob Meade
Rebecca Wilson ... Edna Malechie
Luis Amarilla

Richard Basehart ... Nye Buell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudy Ugland ... Will Coop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Winner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald Wilson  written by

Produced by
Michael Winner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Winner (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Manolo Mampaso 
 
Makeup Department
Mariano García Rey .... makeup artist (as Mariano Rey)
Antonio López .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clifton Brandon .... production supervisor
José María Rodríguez .... production manager (as Jose Maria Rodriguez)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stefano Capriati .... assistant director
Peter Price .... assistant director
Antonio Tarruella .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Rafael Ablanque .... assistant art director
Ray Traynor .... property master
Barry Wilkinson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Paddy Cunningham .... sound recordist
Russ Hill .... dialogue editor
Christopher Kent .... sound recordist
Terry Rawlings .... dubbing editor (as Terence Rawlings)
Ken Barker .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Hugh Strain .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Parra .... special effects
 
Stunts
John Landis .... stunts (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Luengo .... still photographer
Douglas F. O'Neons .... assistant camera (as Douglas O'Neons)
Raúl Pérez Cubero .... camera operator: second unit (as Raul Perez Cubero)
Anthony Troke .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Frederick Wilson .... supervising editor (as Freddie Wilson)
 
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Dick Lewzey .... music engineer (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Stephen Cory .... production assistant
Rudy Ugland .... chief wrangler
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
110 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-15 (2010) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1972) (original rating) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1972) (re-rating) (heavily cut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (1972) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
The Hooker ranch house and barn are the same as the McBain house and barn in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Joshua Everette leaves the gang to seek medical help for his broken shoulder, he can be seen using his arm normally. He is supposedly dying of a broken arm, perhaps from infection or something, but as he leaves he shifts his reins with the bad arm and then uses the reins in the bad arm to whip his horse.See more »
Quotes:
Nye Buell:Harvey, I bet that horse tastes better than he rides.
Harvey Lansing:Nye, you would have your own mother in a skillet before she got cold.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece !, 26 May 2006
Author: wmjahn from Austria

Did anyone notice that Charlie made 2 of his best (maybe his best) pictures one after another, both directed by Michael Winner (who did some more nice entries in the Bronson catalog), both scored by Jerry Fiedling (superbly, if I may add), "CHATO'S LAND" and "THE MECHANIC" (from whom Tarantine chose to quote in "Kill Bill II") ??!! I must have watched both movies app. half a dozen times and they seem to get better with every viewing (despite knowing its ending)!

First, these are films made for men, not children or family-viewing. And let's be honest, if you wanna see a good, though, well played movie today, what you're gonna do?? Certainly not go to the cinema, were you see noisy, trashy high-budget trash in a row. You buy yourself a DVD or watch some late-night viewing of a 70ies movie on TV! And these two movies are certainly as good as it can get!

Second, these movies are more less silent! You don't hear some silly dialog through it all, but just men saying a few words, when it's really needed. Those people, who talk a lot in such movies, are happily the first ones that gonna be shot (and it's good this way)! Everybody's always pointing out who little Arnold is saying in "TERMINATOR" (of course the first one), a real good movie, too! Well, get yourself CHATO'S LAND. In the German dubbed version good old Charlie (God bless him!) spoke less than 10 words in German and maybe another dozen or so in some tribal language, that's it! I'd take a bet that there is most likely no other non-silent movie every made, in which the hero says as few words as in this one!!

And while we're at comparing it to Schwarzenegger/Terminator, did anybody notice those MUSCLES of Charlie??!! And these are certainly no anabolic-stuff, but real hard & honest earned ones! If we'd take Charlie in his prime (when he made this one, he was HALF A CENTURY OLD = 50 years!!!) and compare it to Schwarzenegger, when he was 50 not that long ago ... I'd say Charlie would have wiped the carpet with him, should there have been any reason for an argument. I'd just wish I'd have looked that well, when I was 30, not to speak of being 50 (not yet).

The guy is just SO COOL in this movie as well as in THE MECHANIC (and many more in fact))!

OK, I hear the critics saying, this is just a "silly" revenge-movie (note: made before DEATH WISH I !!). Nope, it ain't !! First, it's not that important, what the story is, what really counts is how it is delivered: movie-experts doing what they can at the highest level! It's just GREAT to watch them delivering all the expected scenes without getting whimsical, talky or making compromises. This is a men's movie made for men! And second, it's not stupid at all! Why does everybody has to go on his knees in front of authorities (the sheriff)? Esp. if you're part of a badly treated minority! He's on his own, when a big crowd invades HIS LAND (like the USA did in Vietnam) and he wipes them off. He knows the land better than everybody else, he's trained and intelligent (the followers are more stupid, but not completely), so he does what he has to do. At the end the winner is logical and probably that's the movie, Mr. Bush should have watched before entering the Iraque ...

OK, back to the movie. What about the acting? Wooden??? Come on, it ain't, it's just perfect for this movie!! Would you like to see some what-they-call-"actor"-today (say, Adrien Brody, who wasn't too convincing in KING KONG either) delivering this?? It would just be "strange"/ridiculous. And the other members of the crew? Just perfect! Palance, superb (as always, but he should have avoided City Slickers), Basehart and Whitmore, great! Just the kinda support crew one needs and which is simply non-existent today (and which is sadly missed!).

One critic complained about the "cheap look" (??) of the movie, and that it must have been inexpensive to make. Well, so what? First, blockbusters suck anyway, every 2 minutes an explosion is just noisy and boring (but obviously expensive) anyway and the scenery is in fact superbly chosen! It's just THE MAN, the scenery and his doomed followers. The land is as bleak as the fate of the followers/hunters. It's empty, it's pure, it's honest, it's something for "desert-rats". :-)) So to sum up: you can't chose better for a great action movie of the 70ies (and that'w when most of the great actions movies were made!).

Moreless the same can be said about THE MECHANIC: tough, not-talky, thrilling, superbly shot and acted, great support cast, too, and what an ending !!! I'd LOVE to see these out on DVD with much bonus material (scenes from the set, one of Carlies too rare interviews: well, the guy stayed silent when there was not much too say, smile, although I would love him to still be among us and write some great autobiography!)!

What a loss, but then again he's hopefully having superb times, wherever he's now!

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