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Chino (1973)
"Valdez, il mezzosangue" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Western  |  February 1976 (USA)
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Chino Valdez is a loner horse breeder living in the old west. Partly a loner by choice, and partly because, being a 'half-breed', he finds himself unwelcome almost everywhere he goes. One ... See full summary »


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Chino Valdez is a loner horse breeder living in the old west. Partly a loner by choice, and partly because, being a 'half-breed', he finds himself unwelcome almost everywhere he goes. One day, a young runaway named Jimmy shows up at his door looking for work and a roof over his head. Reluctantly, Chino agrees to take him in and teach him the art of raising, breaking and breeding horses, until the pair finally begin to accept each other. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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They Took His Land...His Horses...His Woman...But...They Couldn't Take Chino!


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ESP 30,965,047 (Spain)

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This film is one of Charles Bronson's 70s westerns. His westerns made during the 1970s include Chino (1973), Red Sun (1971), Chato's Land (1972), From Noon Till Three (1976), Breakheart Pass (1975) and The White Buffalo (1977). See more »


In the saloon, Chino puts the money on the counter, picks up the drink bottle and goes out. Then the bartender, holding some food in his right hand, takes the money his left and puts it inside his trouser pocket. After he greets the men who come in, the bartender puts his foot on the shelf. Next shot, when Chino passes by him, he is still eating and putting the money inside his shirt pocket. See more »


Chino Valdez: Well, like they say: you can always pick your friends, but you can't pick your relatives.
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Bronson struggles against enemies under professional direction of John Sturges
3 January 2006 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This Italian/Spanish co-production concerns upon a mestizo, he's a horse breeder rancher who fights to maintain his way of life facing off foes . The half-Indian man lives solitary until the arriving a young (Vincent Van Patten). The movie follows the Bronson's adventures and his imposing black stallion that represents the freedom what the white men impede him to enjoy . Meanwhile , he has a romance , as he falls in love with the sister (Jill Ireland) of a rich proprietary (Marcel Bozzuffi) who doesn't approve the relation and taking the subsequent vengeance.

It's a spaghetti western shot in Almeria (Spain), but is a little bit boring and slow moving although there are some of action , shootouts and emotion . Interesting storyline though monotonous and tiring by Clair Huffaker , he's a notorious screenwriter who wrote several westerns . Clair Huffaker is credited as the sole writer on American prints released in the USA but at least some foreign prints has Huffaker credited after Massimo De Rita and Arduino Maiuri .This movie was made and released about six years after its source Lee Hoffman novel 'The Valdez Horses' was first published in 1967. There's a brief exploring about Native American Indians and a dream sequences that tend to undermine the easy action . As always , Charles Bronson plays a tough and silent man of lame manner and Jill Ireland (Bronson's real wife) is enjoyable and enticing . This film is one of Charles Bronson's 70s westerns , his westerns made during the 1970s include Red sun (1971), Chato (1972), From noon till three (1976), Nevada Express (1975) and White Buffalo (1977) . Spectacular outdoors well reflected by cameraman Armando Nannuzzi but film-copy is a little worn-out . Music by Guido and Maurizio de Angelis is effective , they are authors of numerous spaghetti western scores . Set in New Mexico, USA, this movie was actually filmed in Almería, Andalucía, Spain.

Weak though slick direction by John Sturges, , he previously made classics as ¨Gunfight OK Corral¨, ¨Last train from Gun Hill¨ and ¨The magnificent seven¨ . In the Italian version appears credited as co-director Duilio Coletti . Duilio was a good craftsman who mainly filmed adventure genre such as ¨Captain Fracassa¨, ¨Il Fornaretto Di Venezia¨, The Mask of Cesare Borgia" , "Merchant of Slaves" and wartime genre , such as ¨Anzio¨ co-directed by Edward Dymitryck , ¨Divisione Folgore¨, "The Earth Cries Out" , "Hell Raiders of the Deep" , and ¨Under ten flags¨ . The motion picture is a Charles Bronson vehicle along with his wife, Jill Ireland , both of whom sadly deceased . Rating : Acceptable and passable.

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