|MUSTANG COUNTRY (director/writer: John Champion; cinematographer: J. Barry Herron; editor: Douglas Robertson; music: Lee Holdridge; cast: Joel McCrea (Dan), Nika Mina (Nika); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: G; producer: John Champion; Universal; 1976)|
last movie for the 70-year-old Joel McCrea,
who came out of retirement to make this
by Dennis Schwartz
Champion's only movie he directed is a solid
family western. Its most glaring flaw is Champion's
thin script. It's the last movie for the 70-year-old
Joel McCrea, who came out of retirement to make this
pleasant Western. Though there's not much to it, it's
well-crafted, visually beautiful and leaves you with a
good feeling. Kids should love it, as well as adults.
1925, on the Montana side of the Canadian border (shot
in Canada's Banff National Park), in the Rocky
Mountains, the ex-rodeo rider and current sheep
rancher, Dan (Joel McCrea), tries to
capture the elusive last wild stallion in the
wilderness and collect the reward from the country
fair. When thrown from his horse, a runaway Indian
orphan schoolboy, Nika (Nika Mina), comes to his
rescue and the two team-up to capture the wild mustang
and bond together.
clips from McCrea's previous films are effectively
used in the flashbacks of his life.
REVIEWED ON 5/23/2017 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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