Chato’s Land on VHS. Movie starring Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, Richard Basehart, Ralph Waite, James Whitmore. Directed by Michael Winner. 1972.
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Chato has been on the wrong side of a sheriff’s posse most of his life. This time, Chato is wrongly accused of murder, and is running for his life! The posse is being led by a crazed sheriff, Jack Palance… and the bloodthirsty posse doesn’t care if Chato is innocent, they want a hanging! Being chased for a crime he didn’t commit, Chato turns into an angry Indian warrior bent on revenge!
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Chino movie on VHS. Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland. With Marcel Bozzuffi, Vincent Van Patten. Directed by John Sturges, Duilio Coletti. 1973.
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Charles Bronson is the best horse breeder and trainer in the rough, rugged Southwest territory. His reputation for having the finest cowboy horses is legendary. Chino’s only problem is that he is as rough and tough as his horses! His rugged individualism and fighting has made him enemies with the town’s Sheriff and neighboring landowners. Befriended only by the Indians and a young boy, Chino continues his struggles to keep hold of the land and the horses he loves.
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Goin’ South on VHS. Starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi. With Veronica Cartwright, Richard Bradford, Danny DeVito, Luana Anders, Ed Begley Jr., Tracey Walter. Directed by Jack Nicholson. 1978.
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Jack Nicholson plays Henry Moon, a third-rate outlaw, in this romantic comedy set in the 1860s. Nicholson is saved from hanging by the intervention of a lovely young woman who agrees to marry and take care of him. Mary Steenburgen plays Julia Tate, the headstrong but genteel Southern virgin who weds Nicholson only to help her work the gold mine she insists is on her property. Both Steenburgen and John Belushi make their film debuts in this amusing western.
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Junior Bonner on VHS video. Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. 1972.
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Top rate directing by Sam Peckinpah and delightful performances from Steve McQueen, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino spark this enchanting drama about an ex-rodeo star determined to be in the spotlight one more time.
Junior Bonner, a likeable drifter and regular on the riding circuit comes home to find bulldozers clearing his family land. His father, Ace, wants to start a new ranch in Australia but is short on funds. Junior is broke, as usual, but he knows how to change that — by riding a fierce bull named Sunshine in a coming rodeo. Sunshine has already painfully thrown Junior, who’s now determined to take on the beast again, both to make a new life for his father and to prove to himself that he’s still got what it takes.
A rousing story enlivened by McQueen’s rascally charm and roguish appeal, JUNIOR BONNER will make you want to jump up and shout “Ride ’em cowboy!”
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The Outlaw Josey Wales on VHS. Starring Clint Eastwood. With Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 1976.
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As The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint Eastwood gives a hard-hitting portrayal reminiscent of his “Man With No Name” from A Fistful of Dollars, the role that brought him international acclaim. But unlike that other mythic outlaw, Josey Wales is a man with a name… and heart.
That heart becomes increasingly evident as the story unfolds. After avenging his family’s brutal murder, Wales is on the lam, pursued by a pack of killers. He prefers to travel alone, but a ragtag group of outcasts (engagingly played by an excellent support cast that includes Sondra Locke and Chief Dan George) is drawn to him — and Wales can’t bring himself to leave his motley surrogate family unprotected.
The Outlaw Josey Wales is Clint Eastwood’s 26th feature film, the fourth in which he stars and directs. But those career milestones, and all that followed, might never have happened if he had failed to venture into the so-called “Spaghetti Westerns” his business manager called a “bad step.” “I went along with his advice for a few days,” Eastwood recalls, “and then I asked myself ‘Who the hell is running my life?'”
Undoubtedly, Eastwood is. That bad step became Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, and it boosted Clint Eastwood to international stardom.
The Outlaw Josey Wales is a worthy successor to that unforgettable milestone. Selected by Time as one of 1976’s 10 Best Films, it’s as enthralling an entertainment as will ever gallop by!
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