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Barquero (1970)

R | | Western | 20 June 1970 (Japan)
At a river crossing, a stand-off between a gang of outlaws and local townsfolk ensues when the ferry barge operator refuses to ferry the gang across the river.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Van Cleef ... Travis
Warren Oates ... Remy
Forrest Tucker ... Mountain Phil
Kerwin Mathews ... Marquette
Mariette Hartley ... Anna
Marie Gomez ... Nola
Armando Silvestre ... Sawyer
John Davis Chandler ... Fair
Craig Littler ... Pitney
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Happy
Richard Lapp Richard Lapp ... Poe
Harry Lauter ... Steele
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Driver
Thad Williams Thad Williams ... Gibson
Armand Alzamora Armand Alzamora ... Lopez
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Storyline

Jake Remy leads a gang of outlaw cutthroats making their escape toward Mexico from a successful robbery. Barring their way is a river--crossable only by means of a ferry barge. The barge operator, Travis, refuses to be bullied into providing transport for the gang and escapes across river with most of the local populace--leaving Remy and his gang behind, desperately seeking a way across. A river-wide stand-off begins between the gang and the townspeople, both groups of which have left people on the wrong side of the river. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It starts with a slaughter. Then the real action begins. Barquero. He had his own life-style. And his own death-style. See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1970 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Barkuero See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three of the principal actors--Warren Oates, Mariette Hartley and John Davis Chandler--also starred in Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962). See more »

Goofs

At approximately 35 minutes, during a shootout, the stuntman's mattress is clearly visible on the ground next to the building from where he will fall off the second story railing when shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy: Hey mister.
Travis: What?
Boy: You're strong, ain't 'cha?
Travis: Yeah. Suppose so.
Boy: How long did it take ya?
Travis: To do what?
Boy: To build the boat. This man said that you built the boat. How long did it take?
Travis: Quite a while.
Boy: That sure is a great gun there.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Thanks in the final credits are given to the "Colorado Games, Fish and Parks Commission". Should have been the singular "Game" See more »

Connections

Featured in Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993) See more »

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Naval Western, Italian Style
29 September 1998 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

Around 1970 the Western genre had a new lease of life from the success of the Spaghetti Western. This is one of many attempts to marry the classic Western with this new style, and it does it quite convincingly. In the title role we have Lee van Cleef as the most impressive ferryman in film history - making his colleague at the Styx worry about the security of his job. Lee is up against Warren Oates and his bandits who need his ferry to transport their booty. Consequently, we are treated with the rare sight of a naval battle in a Western.

The villains of this piece are rather traditional Western villains (John Davis Chandler plays a delightful little dirtbag) while the heros (van Cleef and Tucker), all enigmatic and a bit on the shady side, seem to have been borrowed from Cinecitta. The excellent music by Dominic Frontiere is also presented in Italian style.


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