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Santee (1973)

 -  Western  -  3 May 1974 (Sweden)
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Santee
Michael Burns ...
Jody
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Valerie
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John Crow
Harry Townes ...
Sheriff Carter
John Larch ...
Banner
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Deaks (as Robert Wilke)
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J.C.
Taylor Lacher ...
Lance
John Bailey ...
Homesteader
X Brands ...
Hook
Caruth C. Byrd ...
Piano Player
Chuck Courtney ...
Grayson
Lindsay Crosby ...
Horn
William Ford ...
Postmaster
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Jody Deakes joins up with his father after many years, only to discover that his dad is part of an outlaw gang on the run from a relentless bounty hunter named Santee. Jody is orphaned soon after Santee catches up to the gang, and follows Santee in hopes of taking vengeance for his father's death. Instead, however, Jody discovers that Santee is a good and loving man, tormented by the death of his young son at the hands of another outlaw gang. Santee and his wife take Jody in and a father-son relationship begins to grow. Then the gang that killed Santee's son shows up. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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3 May 1974 (Sweden)  »

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Santee: Well, do you want to come along and see to their rights? They'll get a preacher, and a prayer, and a pine box, all at county expenses, if it means anything to you.
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Music by Don Randi
Lyrics by Bob Silver & Pete Willcox
Performed by The Raiders, featuring Paul Revere & Mark Lindsay
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Meaning no disrespect, Ed "missed it by that much"
10 February 2009 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

I spoke to Ed Platt in early 1974, not long before his death. If he was troubled by the financial failure of "Santee," he didn't show it; he was warm and unpretentious. We had a common interest in video production, which probably helped him open up. In any event, I didn't see "Santee" for more than 35 years; I must say, Ed's innovative use of video to film hurt the movie; and, as a relatively novice producer, Ed should have played it safe and stayed with film. The interior shots appear horribly lit, and the initial scenes are cluttered and almost tedious. However, after Glenn Ford shows up, the movie loosens up, and we get a pretty well written, expertly acted movie. The casting, particularly of Ford, Michael Burns, Harry Townes and Jay Silverheels is especially inspired. Dana Wynter seems an odd choice, especially since the reddish lighting makes her look Native American, and she can't completely disguise her British accent. However, Wynter's chemistry with Ford and Burns is downright terrific, and she dominates every scene.

"Santee" needs more fleshing out, and the money spent on the flashback could have been been spent building Ford's relationship with Burns. The ending comes too soon and too abruptly. Nonetheless, "Santee" is one of Ford's better westerns, certainly better than "A Time for Killing," "Day of the Evil Gun" and "The Last Challenge." As Ford's last starring western it is a flawed, if fitting tribute to one of the great cowboy actors.

I give "Santee" a "6".


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