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Chato's Land (1972)

PG | | Western | June 1972 (UK)
In 1870s New Mexico, a half-breed kills a bigoted sheriff in self-defense but the posse that eventually hunts him finds itself in dangerous territory.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writer:

Gerald Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Pardon Chato
Jack Palance ... Capt. Quincey Whitmore
James Whitmore ... Joshua Everette
Simon Oakland ... Jubal Hooker
Ralph Waite ... Elias Hooker
Richard Jordan ... Earl Hooker
Victor French ... Martin Hall
Sonia Rangan Sonia Rangan ... Chato's Woman
William Watson ... Harvey Lansing
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Gavin Malechie
Paul Young Paul Young ... Brady Logan
Raul Castro Raul Castro ... Mexican Scout
Lee Patterson ... George Dunn
Roland Brand Roland Brand
Peter Dyneley ... Ezra Meade
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Storyline

After a deadly confrontation with the racist local sheriff in the town's whites-only bar, the half-Apache, Pardon Chato, flees into the unforgiving desert. Hell-bent on making Chato pay, the famed former Confederate officer, Captain Quincey Whitmore, assembles an angry posse of blood-thirsty men; however, who is the hunter, and who is the hunted? Do Whitmore's toughs stand a chance of surviving in Chato's dangerous land? Written by Nick Riganas

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What Chato's land doesn't kill, Chato will. See more »

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Western

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Language:

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Release Date:

June 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chato See more »

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Production Co:

Scimitar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of Charles Bronson's 70s westerns. His westerns made during the 1970s include Chino (1973), Red Sun (1971), Chato's Land (1972), From Noon Till Three (1976), Breakheart Pass (1975) and The White Buffalo (1977). See more »

Goofs

As Captain Whitmore walks down the street in the opening sequence, the direction of his shadow changes from behind him and to his right to in front of him and to his left. See more »

Quotes

Joshua Everette: I've seen Comanches in Texas. And boy, I'll never want to see one again... I can tell you that.
Capt. Quincey Whitmore: Well, you don't see Apaches. You don't hear 'em and you don't see 'em. It's like an act of God.
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Alternate Versions

The German R2 MGM DVD (which has an English language track) is the full uncut version including the horsefalls cut by the BBFC for the UK release (there are 4 cuts, 3 when Chato ambushes the posse early on to scare them off and 1 later when he shoots Victor French's horse). This also shows Chato's friend being set on fire and Jack Palance shooting into his blazing body as a mercy killing (cut for R1 DVD as described above). See more »

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Referenced in The Embalmer (1996) See more »

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One of My Favorite Bronson Flicks
4 October 2006 | by wmecca-1See all my reviews

A tale of western revenge, "Chato's Land" has a cast of many well known actors including Jack Palance, Richard Basehart, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite, Victor French and James Whitmore as well as Bronson in the lead role as Pardon Chato.

Chato is a half-breed Apache who makes the mistake of visiting a town that is hostile towards Indians. Being set upon by the sadistic town Marshall, Chato kills the lawman in self defense and must run from a posse of the town's people led by Jack Palance as Quincy Whitmore. Palance is excellent as Whitmore, an ex-Confederate officer who still longs after the excitement that comes from waging war. Leading the town's men in pursuit of Chato, Whitmore is decked out in his Confederate officer's jacket and plummed hat. Along with Whitmore is Nye Buell (Basehart) dressed in top hat and frock coat offering his whiskey laden salty commentary along the way. Simon Oakland also does a fine job as Jubal Hooker, the vicious elder of the degenerate Hooker clan who takes control of the posse from Quincy and ultimately cause the death of several of the posse members.

This movie has some beautifully set scenery that captures the harshness of the desert land that Chato takes refuge in. Whitmore comments that the harsh land is something that a white man would just damn off to hell and forget, but to Chato who doesn't ask much or take much from the land, it is almost a living thing.


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