The MoFo Westerns List

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The Mandalorian counts, right?
Still no, but this is fun...
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Watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tonight!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remains one of my all-time favorites and THE very first Western I ever fell in love with as a kid, probably when I was eight or nine (which was a long damn time ago) after I watched it on TV with my Dad. Back in the days before cable TV and VCRs (see, like I said a long damn time ago). I have seen it on the big screen several times over the decades, rarely pass up a chance to watch it. For a movie that just turned fifty I suspect you'll find it modern and still a heck of a lot of fun.

Enjoy!




And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!
Came across The Sons of Katie Elder. Anyone recommend that?

I haven't seen The Sons of Katie Elder yet, but it has a great cast, and the plot sounds interesting. I DVRed it recently, so hopefully I'll have time to watch it within the next few days.
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And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!
Can someone explain why The Great Race (1965) is listed as a Western? (I haven't seen it in years, but I only remember one short scene in a saloon.)



Can someone explain why The Great Race (1965) is listed as a Western? (I haven't seen it in years, but I only remember one short scene in a saloon.)
It's not a western. But what IMDB did on it's movie page is interesting:

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Romance | Sport | Western

That's seven genre tags they used. I've not seen that before on a movie. It makes it hard on us when IMDB seems fit to call a movie genre anything they can think of.



The Great Race isn't a Western. I saw it listed on the IMDb before we started and figured nobody would be using it anyway. The barroom brawl scene is parodying the Western, but that is only one scene in this broad farce. This is exactly the reason I didn't want the IMDb to be the final word of eligibility.

For the record Blake Edwards' The Great Race is not eligible.



Longtime character actor René Auberjonois died over the weekend. While best known for his television stints on "Benson", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", and "Boston Legal" he was in three films that are eligible for our MoFo Westerns list.



The first is well known, one of the jewels of the Revisionist canon, and sure to make many ballots. In Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Auberjonois plays Sheehan, the saloon owner in the snowy town of Presbyterian Church. While the interlopers of the two title characters in Warren Beatty's gambler John McCabe and Jule Christie's madam Constance Miller are the focus of the narrative and the hired killers led by Hugh Millais' Butler are crucial to the plot, René Auberjonois is often the most highlighted of the town's denizens, and it is through his confusion, suspicion, congeniality, and horror where the audience can feel the fragility of survival on the frontier.




Alex Cox's Walker (1987) is...something. Cox is an interesting character himself. His first two films Repo Man (1984) and Sid & Nancy (1986) were cult hits. His third film was Walker and pretty much ended his getting anywhere near mainstream money and distribution for his movies. It purports to be the true story of real-life figure William Walker who in the mid-nineteenth century led a small band of heavily armed men into Nicaragua where he took over the country for two years before being executed. Cox's film is a stylized, satirical polemic, filmed at the time of the Iran-Contra scandal. Cox infuses intentionally anachronistic elements into his film to underline the connections between the 19th and 20th century actions in Nicaragua. Even apart from those touches, historical accuracy is jettisoned by and large. Whether or not this approach works for you it certainly did not work for most critics nor audiences at large in 1987.

But it is something to behold, even if you wind up hating it.

René Auberjonois plays Major Siegfried Hennington, one of Walker's (Ed Harris) loyal soldiers.




The third is little-seen but a movie I like a lot. Maggie Greenwald's The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) got little distribution or attention, but it's a darn good film following the journey of Josephine Monaghan (Suzy Amis) who winds up disguising herself and living as a man in order to survive the horrors of westward expansion. Auberjonois is in the very first section of the film playing Streight Hollander, a traveling salesman who takes Josephine under his wing for a while. But he isn't as benevolent as he first seems and this is where things go horribly wrong, driving the transformation into the quiet Jo.

This one is definitely worth tracking down.