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Chuka (1967)

Approved | | Western | 23 July 1967 (USA)
While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

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Cast overview:
... Chuka
... Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
... Colonel Stuart Valois
... Señora Veronica Kleitz
... Lou Trent
... Señorita Helena Chavez (as Angela Dorian)
... Major Benson
... Spivey
Hugh Reilly ... Captain Carrol
Barry O'Hara ... Slim - Cook
... Jake Baldwin
Marco Lopez ... Hanu (as Marco Antonio)
Gerald York ... Lieutenant Daly
Herlinda Del Carmen ... Indian Girl
Lucky Carson ... Stage Driver
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While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

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They called him saddle-bum...desert rat...pistolero...but where would they have been without Chuka on that bloody summer's day. See more »

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Chuka: The Gunfighter  »

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During the Indian attack on the fort, Senora Veronica (Lucianna Paluzzi) takes an arrow in the back, however she was standing with her back against a wall at the time. See more »

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Col. Stuart Valois: How many men have you killed?
Chuka: I stopped counting at sixteen.
Col. Stuart Valois: Were they fair fights? Mr. Chuka! Where they fair fights?
Chuka: Fifteen were fair.
Col. Stuart Valois: And what is fair to you, Mr. Chuka
Chuka: They were facing me. They had a chance at me.
Col. Stuart Valois: And the sixteenth?
Chuka: I shot him in the back of the head. But like the doctor here, I can't prove that he stuck a knife in me and was stealing my horse.
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We're the scum of the United States Army. Colonel.
12 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Chuka is directed by Gordon Douglas and adapted to screenplay by Richard Jessup from his own novel. It stars Rod Taylor, John Mills, Ernest Borgnine, Luciana Paluzzi, James Whimore, Louis Hayward and Victoria Vetri. Music is by Leith Stevens and Pthe Color photography by Harold E. Stine.

1876 and Fort Clendenon is host to a bunch of army misfits and a lovelorn gunslinger, hardly a group capable of defending the Fort against an impending Arapaho attack...

A super cast and a rather gorgeous colour print can't avert this being a distinctly average Siege Oater. Prodution wise it's a hodgepodge, an uneasy blend of stuffy looking studio bound sequences, matte paintings and airy locales, while the acting, sparse characterisations and general reliance on non meaty chatty filler scenes, all make it an odd viewing experience.

The chat angle is most frustrating, not so much because there is so much of it so as to make this a 90% talky piece, but in that there are moments of great dialogue, where interesting character arcs are dangled, but alas they are threads that are never pulled to the benefit of all. Action is sparse but what there is is competently staged, with the siege itself - while not worth the wait - has enough moments of excitement and intelligence so as to not annoy.

A very good and intriguing ending further adds to the strange mix of poor and good of it all, but ultimately it's average and hardly essential for fans of Westerns and the stars involved. 5/10


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