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Catlow (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Western | 1 October 1971 (USA)
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An outlaw tries to avoid interference as he journeys to Mexico to pull off a $2,000,000 gold robbery.

Director:

Sam Wanamaker

Writers:

Scot Finch (screenplay), James Griffith (screenplay) (as J.J. Griffith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Catlow
Richard Crenna ... Cowan
Leonard Nimoy ... Miller
Daliah Lavi ... Rosita
Jo Ann Pflug ... Christina
Jeff Corey ... Merridew
Michael DeLano ... Rio (as Michael Delano)
Julián Mateos ... Recalde (as Julian Mateos)
David Ladd ... Caxton
Bessie Love ... Mrs. Frost
Robert Logan ... Oley (as Bob Logan)
John Clark John Clark ... Keleher
Dan van Husen ... Dutch
Cass Martin Cass Martin ... Sanchez
José Nieto ... General (as Jose Nieto)
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Marshall Cowan and the mercenary Miller are both separately hunting the outlaw Catlow. During the Civil War both Cowan and the always smiling Catlow were comrades. Catlow helps Cowan, when he is wounded in the right leg by an arrow from the Apaches, despite Cowan hunting him. Catlow escapes with help of his gang. Catlow then robs a Mexican gold shipment, worth $ 2,000,000. Catlow flees with the stolen gold through the dangerous territory of the Apaches who, besides Miller, Cowan and the Mexican cavalry, are hunting for him and his gang of outlaws. Written by Robert

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The Mexican cavalry wanted him murdered. The Apache nation wanted him massacred. Texas ranchers wanted him mangled and his only hope was a Marshal, who wanted him hanged. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for western action violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In Catlow (1971), Leonard Nimoy plays a bounty hunter who carries a Winchester Model 1892 "Mares Leg" Rifle as his main weapon, in a tribute to the Western series, Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958-1961), in which Steve McQueen's bounty hunter used as a main weapon. See more »

Goofs

They are using Winchester Model 1892 and/or 1894 rifles, which are recognizably different from the historically accurate Model 1873. This was common in westerns because those models were still in production when these movies were being made (until 1945 for the '92 and until 2006 for the '94), unlike the Model 1873, which ceased production in 1923.

Since the 1970s, historically accurate reproductions of the earlier firearms have been available from Italian manufacturers such as Uberti, Pedersoli, and Chiappa. See more »

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Cowan: Well, it don't seem likely that somebody'd just go off and leave a pile of gold lying around a cave. Then again, there'd be no reason to hide it there unless maybe that gold was stolen in the first place.
General: Your logic is impeccable.
Cowan: Has the Mexican government lost any gold lately?
General: To the contrary.
Cowan: Well, back in '62, our Confederate Army did. Our supply base at Santa Fe was attacked by the Yankees. They made off with a fresh shipment from the gold fields. About 2 million dollars worth. Ha ha, now it ...
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Referenced in The Last of the Gentleman Producers (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Get The Gold
Composed and Arranged by Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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You can't steal from a man just because you don't know his name.
24 June 2017 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Catlow is directed by Sam Wanamaker and adapted to screenplay from the Louis L'Amour novel by Scott Finch and J.J. Griffith. It stars Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy and Daliah Lavi. Filmed in Metrocolor/Panavision, photography is by Ted Scaife and music by Roy Budd.

One time buddies in the Civil War, Catlow (Brynner) and Cowan (Crenna), are now on opposite sides of the law. Let the shenanigans begin!

Catlow is one of those Oaters that is - in spite of its ordinariness - so harmless to the point it's near impossible to dislike with genuine displeasure. Essentially it finds Brynner and Crenna as pals constantly playing cat and mouse with each other, all while they are entangled in danger (courtesy of Mexican soldiers, Indians and Nimoy's vengeful gunman) and affairs of the heart (Lavi and the beautiful Jo Ann Pflug).

It's all very formulaic, and directed as such, but there's still a lot going for it. Everybody seems to be having a good time of things, with some hamming it up on purpose - obviously with a tongue in cheek nod to Spaghetti Westerns - others relishing chances to exude ebullience (Lavi) and gruff meanness (Nimoy). There's some truly funny moments, with witty dialogue to match, and the action scenes are as solid as the rock formations that boom out of the Almeria locations.

Budd's musical score is a bit hit and miss, often sounding like it belongs in an episode of Alias Smith and Jones as opposed to a full feature length film, while there's a lack of an edge to make the finale be anything other than run of the mill. Tis fun though! Pic looks lovely, with TCM HD channel showing a print that extols the virtues of having a top cinematographer on lens duties. Harmless and enjoyable enough, even if ultimately it's forgettable once over. 6/10


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