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The Proud and Damned (1972)

PG | | Western | July 1972 (USA)
In 1870, five ex-Confederate soldiers get embroiled in a foreign civil war south of the border.

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Ferde Grofé Jr. (as Ferde Grofe jr.)

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Ferde Grofé Jr. (as Ferde Grofe jr.)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Connors ... Will Hansen
Aron Kincaid ... Ike
Cesar Romero ... San Carlos' Mayor
José Greco ... Ramon (as Jose Greco)
Henry Capps Henry Capps ... Hank
Smokey Roberds Smokey Roberds ... Jeb
Peter Ford Peter Ford ... Billy
Andres Marquis Andres Marquis ... The General
Maria Grimm Maria Grimm ... Maria
Nana Lorca Nana Lorca ... Carmela
Anita Quinn Anita Quinn ... Mila
Conrad Parham Conrad Parham ... Captain
Álvaro Ruiz Álvaro Ruiz ... Chico (as Alvaro Ruiz)
Pacheco Pacheco ... Lieutenant
Ignacio Gómez Ignacio Gómez ... Padre (as Ignacio Gomez)
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A group of five Confederate mercenaries led by Sergeant Will Hansen must choose sides carefully in a small village where they find themselves trapped in the middle of a rebellion. The group is torn as to whether they should honor the powerful military dictator who forces them to spy for him or help the local village fight for its independence. Follow Sergeant Hansen and his men as they make a decision that could cost them their lives. Written by Michaelj@new.rr.com

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Haunted by war, they still found something worth fighting for!

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Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Proud, Damned and Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Colombia See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Anita Quinn receives an 'Introducing' credit. See more »

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Hank: Will, did you have to shoot him? Couldn't you have pistol-whipped him instead or something?
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A Good Day to Die
3 July 2016 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in1972, "The Proud and the Damned" tells the story of five ex-Confederate soldiers, led by Sgt. Will Hansen (Chuck Connors), trying to find a new home in South America after losing the war. A Napoleon-wannabe "general" (Andres Marquis) hires them to reconnoiter a village where the guys either party it up or romance local gals (Maria Grimm & Anita Quinn). Cesar Romero plays the mayor of the town while José Greco & Nana Lorca are on hand as dancing gypsies. The rest of the ex-Confederates are played by Aron Kincaid, Smokey Roberds, Henry Capps and Peter Ford.

This is a low-budget and relatively obscure Western that doesn't get very good ratings, and I can understand why. Some of the acting is dubious and a few of the action sequences are less than convincing, not to mention there's zero build-up to the romance. It's overall a mediocre Western with some lambasting it as subpar or even "unforgiveable trash," as one critic put it.

If you can overlook these flaws, however, there are several items that make the movie worth catching: Connors is a quality Western protagonist; the Columbian locations are scenic and authentic (say what you will, but quality locations cost money); the Latin-styled Western music by Gene Kauer & Douglas M. Lackey is quite good; this is a unique Western in that it takes place in South American (presumably Columbia); and the six protagonists are likable with good camaraderie. I say SIX because I'm including the honorable Capt. Juan Hernandez, played by Conrad Parham.

I also like how unpredictable the movie is despite the predictability of the plot. In other words, just because you THINK you have the story figured out doesn't mean it's necessarily the way it's going to pan out. Also, despite the palpability of the low-budget I found myself involved in the story & the characters by the second half. Lastly, I can't help but respect the audacity of the unexpected and puzzling Climax.

The film runs 96 minutes and was shot in Columbia.

GRADE: C


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