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An Eye for an Eye (1966)

Approved | | Western | June 1966 (USA)
A former bounty hunter teams up with a younger one, to track down and kill the wanted gang leader who murdered his wife and little boy.

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Talion
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Ike Slant
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Bri Quince (as Gloria Talbot)
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Trumbull
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Harry
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Talion is a retired bounty hunter with many enemies who still want him dead. When Talion is away from his farm three wanted men, Ike Slant and the Beetson brothers, burn Talion's farm after killing his wife and son. Talion returns to see his house ablaze and his family dead. He sets-out to track the bad guys and kill them. On the way he strikes a friendship with a young bounty hunter, Benny Wallace, who also is tracking the Slant gang. They join forces and come across a trading post, run by the Quinces, where they stay overnight. Talion falls in love with Quince's daughter, Bri. The next day they find the camp where the Beetson brothers are waiting for their leader to return. Talion and Benny Wallace set up an ambush and wait for Ike Slant to return to his gang. When Ike Slant finally shows up all hell breaks loose. Written by nufs68

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The Ultimate Revenge. See more »

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Final film of Gloria Talbott. See more »

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Talion shoots a lever-action rifle multiple times without working the lever. See more »

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Good western with a slightly offbeat plot
7 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This summary is influenced somewhat because this reviewer has been a Robert Lansing fan as long as can be remembered. Every single time Lansing has acted in a production (TV, play, or movie), his performance has made me forget about the actor practicing a craft and to become engrossed in the role and the particular story. That is what makes a truly fine actor, in my opinion, and it is sad that Lansing had been unrecognized by the entertainment industry in general and not given more roles to portray during his career.

The story of Talion (aka An Eye For An Eye) is offbeat from the average western story, as it focuses on personal relationships between humans more than the shoot-'em-up aspects of the Old West. There is action in the gunfighting, a bit of history in Ben's background, the creativity used to surmount physical shortcomings in order to achieve a set goal, a view of family life in the hardscrabble wilderness of the 1800s, the dignity with which an aging ranch owner strives to raise his children to be honest, confidant,and respectable adults, and even some romance in the longing the early settlers must have experienced when living in a relatively lawless location and era, often far away from neighbors, family, and the diversions of city or even town life. And, it contains a lesson in morality and conscience in that the story shows even a mature adult can learn to see life from a different perspective, regardless of the events of the past.

The general production values were appropriate if not lavish, but with what appeared to be the use of genuine antiques for household props. The cinematography was outstanding, lending a real feel to what life on an isolated ranch must have been like. The ending was unusual as well, and not predictable. This is not a large production or epic western (such as THE BIG COUNTRY which was peppered with big name stars), but a lonely and tender but still a little gritty family-appropriate production.

Serve a batch of buttered popcorn, a bowl of chocolate and nuts to munch on, and your favorite beverage over ice. Curl up on the couch and turn the lights down low to enjoy this simple story of the Old West.


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