Chisum (1970)

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  • For a couple of months when it came to some of my movie nights, I decided to revisit the John Wayne Westerns of the 70’s. I started with the first one of the decade, “Chisum” from 1970.


    I really like this movie! It’s one of my favorite “Fun Westerns” of the 70’s. It came at the time of revisionist westerns, art-house movies and of course the Spaghetti Westerns; this is the old fashion style Western. It reminds of the old “Republic” Westerns of the 40’s – not the B-Westerns, but the movies like one Duke did 30 years earlier, “The Dark Command”; movies with good production values, but with enough of the B-Movie qualities to keep it fun! I even like how bad-guy Nodeen (Christopher George) looks like he rode in straight from the Spaghetti West!


    Some of my fellow history buffs criticize It for the way it rewrites the Lincoln County War, but in another movie from this decade, “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean”, there’s a title card at the beginning that says, “Maybe this isn't the way it was... it's the way it should have been!” And I recently heard a phrase on the news about an upcoming movie; “Historic Fantasy!” Both of those phrases fit this movie perfectly! (Really any time history is turned into an action movie, those phrases fit!)


    Anyway, this is a movie you don’t take seriously; it’s the type that helps you escape from the seriousness for a while! The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, Billy the Kid is somewhere in between! Plus it has one of the most action packed climaxes of any John Wayne movie! Great showcase for the stunt performers!


    So maybe the real cattle baron John Chisum didn’t team up with Pat Garrett and “Billy The Kid” to fight the bad guys of Lincoln County. And maybe Chisum didn’t really stampede Murphy’s cattle through the streets of Lincoln and then beat him in a fight to the death… but that’s the way it should have been! Fun movie!


    (By the way, I have visited the grave of the real John Chisum; he’s buried in a park in Paris, Texas where the Chisum family ranch was, about an hour away from me.)

  • A nice article and trailer here, published this week:


    … “Returning late to his hotel, Duke found a message from a woman who said her little girl lay critically ill in a local hospital. The woman wrote, ‘It would mean so much to her if you could pay her just a brief visit.’


    “At 3 o'clock in the morning he took off for the hospital where he visited the astonished child and every other patient on the hospital floor who happened to be awake”…


    John Wayne’s amazing kindness at 3am after attending Chisum premiere
    John Wayne showed incredible generosity at 3am, following his Dallas premiere of Chisum back in 1970.
    www.express.co.uk



  • President Nixon gives his opinion here on, firstly, ‘Chisum;’ and, secondly, Westerns:


    “I wondered why it is that the western survives year after year after year. A good western will outdraw some of the other subjects. Perhaps one of the reasons, in addition to the excitement, the gunplay, and the rest, which perhaps is part of it but they can get that in other kinds of movies but one of the reasons is, perhaps, and this may be a square observation–is that the good guys come out ahead in the westerns; the bad guys lose.”

    The John Wayne Western movie Richard Nixon used for his own political ends
    John Wayne starred in a Western classic that President Richard Nixon ending up using for his own political ends.
    www.express.co.uk

  • I just watched this movie again for the first time in many years. I have one question, can the final fight scene be adjusted? John Wayne's stunt double is too obvious to the point of distraction.

    Regards
    Robbie

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    I just watched this movie again for the first time in many years. I have one question, can the final fight scene be adjusted? John Wayne's stunt double is too obvious to the point of distraction.

    It was obvious, it kind of takes me out of the fight scene.


    Nice to see you again Robbie! Hope all is well with you and your family.

  • It was obvious, it kind of takes me out of the fight scene.


    Nice to see you again Robbie! Hope all is well with you and your family.

    Have any mistakes in John Wayne's movies been corrected?


    Good to hear from you, Kevin and what a service you have provided over the years. Everything is good with me, I hope you are doing well also.

    Regards
    Robbie