Anyone who was raped would of course be a troubled person. I kept wondering why Taylor didn't immediately report this crime to the authorities back home. I also wondered how Taylor could take that in stride.
So I should have seen the lousy ending coming. My wife did. Very disappointed, I guess, considering the subject matter. Guess I better stick with Turner Classic movies for the happy endings, or Disney. I couldn't wait to delete this movie from my DVR.
Cimarron Strip is top drawer among westerns right up with my personal favorite - "The High Chaparral".
You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the beauty of this story of two young boys of the same faith, yet so different in their worlds. This can apply to any faith where one is primarily secular in their daily life, and one is orthodox in their daily life.
I was drawn by the sensitive presentation of both fathers and sons relationships. All fathers can seem hard and unbending to us as we grow up. Only when we have our own children do we realize how lucky we were to have such fathers. Then we try to measure up to the example our own fathers set, as we raise our own children.
This should be required viewing in schools I believe, it is a true gem, not to be missed. I never knew Robby Benson had this kind of talent!
The use of the landscape, the development of distinct characters such as John Cannon, Victoria, Manolito, Don Sebastian, and especially Buck, and the treatment of Native Americans in story lines was the most balance I have seen in this genre. Native Americans, especially the Apaches, were presented as having good and bad people, just as the whites were presented, good and bad. I particularly think the actors were outstanding - Cameron Mitchell, Frank Silvera, and Henry Darrow especially.
This show unfortunately does not show up on TV much at all, and I'm afraid it will disappear as more years go by. I can't believe it is not on DVD, especially since there's so much bad stuff on DVD, why not put something quality like this out? Next time it is on, I'll be sure to record as many as I can for viewing later when it's gone for good. Like the old West, this show may have seen it's last sunset. Too bad.
Chuck Connors showed more acting in this show than he did in any other, and seems to have been made for the part. Forget all the gibberish about guns and TV. I love this show, and other westerns, and have never owned a gun, nor do I plan to (unless I take up hunting). That's not the point. The point to me is the lessons taught in these shows, good overcomes evil in the end, and justice is served. Real life? No. But that's why I like to watch these shows - good overcomes evil at least for a Saturday afternoon.
This show, and a couple of others - Virginian and High Chaparral were some of the best TV viewing for me growing up. Emphasis on character building, the Western scenery was just window-dressing to me. Even Bonanza (after Michael Landon started to influence stories more) became a great show emphasizing character building. As a father, I learned from all the fathers in these shows (as well as from my own father) how to be a good father, and help to build good character in my own sons. Who said the TV was an "idiot box". Like a computer, it's a tool, and can be used for idiot purposes, or for growing.
Now at middle age, I still don't care for it. So, why watch it again after 35 years ? Good question. I wanted to see Nicholson in his younger days and to see how much Hopper has changed over the years. Now that I live in the country, and rednecks are my neighbors, I find the movie a bit over the top with the violence. However, the year was 1969, there was an unpopular war on, unrest in the good old USA, and drugs were freely used (except by me). There was an unpopular President, and the country was quite divided. Just like it is now. I guess that's why I checked it out again.
Nonetheless, it is still not my cup of tea, although I appreciate the type of film it is, and that it was meant to depict these guys as some kind of cool guys or something. But, they're still drug dealers, and that's why I couldn't connect or care about them, except George who appears to be an idealistic innocent bystander. The bad news is I suggested my 18 year old son check the movie out, and now that I've seen it again, I regret telling him that. Lastly, if you do like this movie, don't watch it on TV, they chop the heck out of it, and clean the language up. If you're gonna see it, see it as it was meant to be seen.
As far as the film is concerned, the history is flawed, the storyline is well intentioned but too simple, and frankly you could have substituted the Old West and Native Americans as the enemy, and the same story could have been used.
Now at age 50, and with a young family friend in the Green Berets deployed overseas, I have a different take on this movie. When this movie is watched from the human perspective, the young men who fought then, and those men and women fighting now, I frankly find this movie good to watch. Yes it shows an overly optimistic light on that war, which is still so fresh it affects our 2004 Presidential election, but it can be enjoyed as a tribute to those young men and women in uniform, then and now.
We can only assume what might have been if Farley had kept his nose clean, it just didn't happen, any more than it did with Belushi. Such a loss in both cases.
One thing, don't watch this on TV. Rent it, or buy it. The TV version is so poorly edited for commercials, and the dialogue is edited to make it totally different, and unfunny, kind of like Smokey and the Bandit, not much fun to watch on TV, so buy it or rent it.
Where are the next Chris Farley's ? There don't seem to be many funny men these days.
Her line that she liked to view the merchandise before she buys it, is as provacative as it got in 1957 movies.
John Wayne was quite wooden in this movie, but what else is new. His best performance was "The Searchers". Other cast members were hardly visible and served mostly as window dressing in this one.