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Happy Trails: “Bite the Bullet” (1975)

     The second of his two western efforts, Richard Brooks’ “Bite the Bullet” demonstrates the value of an ambitious director operating without a particularly innovative visual sense but a finely honed sense of what’s important in a story (think Norman … Continue reading

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Treading Water in a Desert: “The Train Robbers” (1973)

     If one considers the staggering volume of western stories related on both the big screen and  television (this latter sausage grinder of ideas devoured such an incomprehensible amount of scripts that even the occasional trace of originality would be … Continue reading

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Bulletproof: “Dillinger” (1973)

     Given his penchant for myth making, the historical facts depicted in director/screenwriter John Milius’ “Dillinger” are dubious at best, but who cares?  This is a rattling good tale of gangsterism in the golden Warner Bros. tradition with the additional … Continue reading

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