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Chino (1973)

Valdez, il mezzosangue (original title)
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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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


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Trivia

One poster for this movie shows a drawing of a bare-chested Charles Bronson tied with upraised arms to a T-shaped whipping post. This differs from the scene in the movie in which Bronson is whipped while hanging suspended by his wrists from an overhead crossbeam. While two separate whipping scenes may have been shot (and one discarded), a more likely explanation is that the artist designing an early version of the "Chino" poster had not seen the actual movie and was only working from incomplete or misleading script notes. See more »

Goofs

Chino's hat is on the counter when he knocks a man along the counter ant through the window. In the first shot from outside, the hat is nowhere to be seen, but when the sheriff comes in, he goes to the window and picks up the hat. See more »

Quotes

Chino Valdez: Anyway, a bunch of Indians stole my horses once. I went along and stole them back. And while they was chasing me, I came off my horse and got run over.
Jamie Wagner: Why didn't they kill you?
Chino Valdez: Hell, boy, they was my friends!
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Referenced in Johnny Firecloud (1975) See more »

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Not the typical western bloodbath
7 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie a few days ago and at the time wasn't overly impressed. However, I find myself still thinking about it and therefore I can't deny it made a lasting impression. This is certainly one of the more unusual westerns you will ever watch and I would add this is definitely one of Bronson's better films. I watched a really bad print of this on VHS and wish I had something better to view this film again. I'm sure I would like it even better second time around.

I think that maybe the real genius in this movie is the way it accurately captured the isolation early pioneers actually encountered in the vastness of the old west. Bronson is a man living alone on a horse ranch and "living" is about it. Unexpectedly he befriends a young drifter and then even more unexpectedly falls in love with a very beautiful woman. Then his life really become complicated. However, all the while, you sort of sense that he expects things to work out wrong because that is just the way life goes for a man like him; someone who learns to mostly just depend on himself and just accept whatever comes as whatever comes. In a way its a sad film...but you have to realize that life out there on the frontier battling the elements, ruthless land barons, and loneliness wasn't exactly a bowl of cherries. The landscape, overcast skies, and the sets do a fabulous job helping create the somber atmosphere that is, in my opinion, the real star of this film. This is a spaghetti western but this time around the various elements of Italian films are brought out in their better light. This is a serious piece of film and worth watching for a number of reasons. It is not an action filled shoot em' up but rather a character study and realistic portrayal of how hard times and hard living were in the tough old west. Nicely photographed too. This movie reminds me of stuff like Will Penny, Tender Mercies, or even Monte Walsh. Not as good as those but pretty close. Yes, there are flaws but its still interesting and unique...and fun to look at I might add.


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