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|NAVAJO JOE (director: Sergio Corbucci; screenwriters: story by Ugo Pero/Piero Regnoli/Fernando Di Leo; cinematographer: Silvano Ippoliti; editor: Alberto Gallitti; music: Leo Nichols (the alias for Ennio Morricone); cast: Burt Reynolds (Joe), Aldo Sambrell (Duncan), Nicoletta Machiavelli (Estella), Simon Arriaga (Monkey), Fernando Rey (Rattigan), Tanya Lopert (Maria), Cris Huerta (El Gordo), Franca Polesello (Barbara); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Luigi Carpentieri/Ermanno Donati; MGM; 1966-Italy/Spain-dubbed in English)|
said it was the worst
movie he ever made."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Laurentiis gets Burt Reynolds to appear in his first
and last spaghetti
Western, which bombed at the box office. Reynolds
was the worst movie he ever made, and rails against
the genre. The story
is by Ugo Pero and it's written by Piero
Regnoli and Fernando Di Leo. Italian
director Sergio Corbucci
Silence"/"Duel of the Titans"/"Django") shows good craftsmanship
as he keeps it
taut and brutal. Though the
film didn't have much going for it, it nevertheless
rousing music score by Ennio Morricone (using the
Leo Nichols) and is always watchable because of
Navajo Joe (Burt
the lone survivor of a massacre on his Navajo village
by a ruthless
outlaw Anglo gang led by Marvin
Sambrell). The gang has been
raiding Indian villages in the area and killing,
robbing and scalping
the Indians. But they've been told that it's now
The survivor follows the gang in plain sight seeking revenge. Joe foils the gang's attempt to rob a Wells Fargo train. He then gets to avenge his people when the frightened citizens of a small Western community, Esperanza, appeal to him for protection from the same plundering gang. Joe eagerly accepts their offer of one dollar for each outlaw scalp delivered and the film takes great pleasure showing the gory way he picks off the gang one by one (which ironically is the same way the Indians were massacred by the gang), saving the leader Duncan until last, and in the end getting his gruesome revenge.
It is what it is, a pic that glorifies violence and glorifies its bloodthirsty Indian superhero while preaching an anti-racist message. Reynolds gives the film an edge, but still can't elevate its baseness or its sluggish story line. The low-budget Navajo Joe was made by Italians and Spaniards in Spain with Italian, Spanish and American actors.
REVIEWED ON 5/7/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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