Murieta

1965

Biography / Western

127
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 59

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Arthur Kennedy as The Inspector
Jeffrey Hunter as Joaquín Murrieta
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992.04 MB
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23.976 fps
107 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by 16mmRay 7 / 10 / 10

Very good spaghetti western with fine lead performers

What a surprise treat this 1965 spaghetti western turned out to be. Based on real-life Mexican bandit, MURIETA is the story of a new immigrant to California who is driven to vengeance and eventually becomes the leader of a vicious band of raiders and murderers. This picture has three great things going for it: 1. Jeffrey Hunter as Murieta (actual spelling is Murietta); he gives a superbly understated performance. 2. Arthur Kennedy, back in the saddle as a straight-shooting lawman. Sage, empathetic, Kennedy matches Hunter's fine acting work, especially difficult since all of their dialogue was re-recorded in studio. 3. The direction by veteran ace of oaters George Sherman. He keeps the camera moving and keeps the characterizations sharp and clear. Also fine are Diana Lorys, Sara Lezana and Roberto Camardiel as Jack "Three Fingers" Garcia. There are many eloquent moments in this fact-based adventure. It is well worth screening if you can find a copy. My review is based on screening a 16mm print I picked up (dye transfer Technicolor) of the UK-titled version, VENDETTA.

Reviewed by ma-cortes 8 / 10 / 10

Paella Western about a legendary character with two Hollywood actors and an American craftsman , George Sherman

This is the story of a legend of Old California starred by Joaquin Murrieta . In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, it was known as ¨the Mexican Cession¨ which came into the United States as a result of the Mexican War . By the next year California was admitted to the union it had grown that exponentially. But it resulted in making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land barons , mean owners , and gold-crazy Americans . Shortly after , gold was discovered in 1849 that caused ambition , rampage and ravage . Such depredations as depicted that turned Murietta into an outlaw and being interesting that in a Spanish film it was shown on screen . Prospector Joaquin Murrieta (Jeffrey Hunter) is searching for gold when is brutally murdered his wife . Murrieta revenges the death of his spouse (Sara Lezana) against the three Americans (Frank Braña , among them) who murdered her and is branded as a bandit . He is imprisoned in the town jail , but helped by the beautiful Kate (Diana Lorys) Joaquin escapes from prison . The reward for his capture is increased as he subsequently kills the men who pursue him . Joining with bandit Three Fingered Jack (a sympathetic Roberto Camardiel who gives the comic relief) and Claudio (Pedro Osinaga) , Murrieta , the California's Legendary Bandit rides again and raises an army of disaffected Mexicans and goes on a rampage against the Americans , finally forcing his erstwhile friend , Capt. Love(Arthur Kennedy) , to lead a posse against him. The picture gets Western action , shootouts , a love story , go riding , breathtaking raids on Yankees headquarters and results to be quite entertaining . It's a medium budget film with good actors , technicians , production values and pleasing results . Here there are lots of Hispanic support actors , they did credible jobs in the film and I was amazed that the movie attempted to give Joaquin and his underlings some humanity and sense of purpose . Many of them starred several Chorizo/Tortilla or Spaghetti/Pasta Westerns , such as : Roberto Camardiel , Diana Lorys , Sara Lezana , Pedro Osinaga , Frank Braña , Sancho Gracia , Rufino Inglés , Julio Pérez Tabernero , among others . It contains an atmospheric as well as evocative musical score by Antonio Pérez Olea . And colorful cinematography by Miguel Mila , shot on location in La Pedriza , Colmenar Viejo and in the Western town called ¨Golden City¨ where by that time , the sixties and seventies , shot great number of Tortilla Westerns . The motion picture well produced by José Antonio Sainz De Vicuña was professionally directed by George Sherman in B-style , though has some flaws and gaps . Sherman made reliable low-budget fare for Columbia between 1945-48, then moved on to do the same at Universal for another eight years . Sherman specialized almost exclusively in "B" westerns there , including the "Three Musketeers" series, which featured a young John Wayne. George directed lots of Westerns as ¨The Last of the Fast Guns¨ , ¨The Lone Hand¨, ¨Santa Fe stampede¨ , ¨Red skin¨ ,¨War Arrow¨ ¨Chief Crazy Horse¨ ¨Calamity Jane¨, ¨Relentless¨ , ¨Comanche Territory¨ , ¨Dawn at Socorro¨, ¨Border River¨ and many others . He also made occasional forays into action and horror themes, often achieving a sense of style over substance . The only "A"-grade films to his credit were two westerns starring John Wayne: ¨Comancheros¨ (1961) (as producer) and ¨The big Jack¨ (1971) . His last films were realized in Spain as "Find That Girl" , ¨The new Cinderella¨ and ¨Joaquin Murrieta¨. Joaquin Murrieta rating : 6/10 . Acceptable and passable . Well worth watching . Other film about this legendary figure are the followings : Silent rendition ¨Joaquín Murrieta¨ (1927) or ¨The Gay Defender¨ with Ricard Dix , Thelma Todd ; the classic recounting titled ¨Robin Hood of El Dorado¨ by William A. Wellman with Warner Baxter , Bruce Cabot , J. Carroll Naish , Margo ; and in 1988 this personage appeared very secondary in ¨The Mark of Zorro¨ by Martin Campbell with Antonio Banderas , Catherine Zeta Jones , Anthony Hopkins and Diego Siores as Murrieta .

Reviewed by FightingWesterner 8 / 10 / 10

Kill All The White People!

Peaceful Mexican prospector Jeffrey Hunter is beaten, his claim stolen, and his pregnant wife murdered by a group of racist thugs. Getting revenge, he finds himself pursued by lawman Arthur Kennedy and usurping control of a gang of banditos, before declaring war on all the gringos in California! Another mean, hate-filled, hard-boiled, Spanish made, though American directed, low-budget western, this is sparked by an intense performance by Hunter, who's too-short career was practically built on playing angry anti-heroes. It's also a joy to see old Hollywood star Kennedy as the voice of justice and reason, the type of role he didn't get to play much in his latter career, where he like Ray Milland, was typecast as bitter curmudgeons or sour-puss detectives. It's always nice to see Euro- starlet Diana Lorys as well. In my opinion, Jeffrey Hunter ranks right up there with the other great new Hollywood actors of the 1950's, Brando, Dean, Newman. Only for him, the roles seemed to dry up. If anything though, he's the man who inadvertently saved Star Trek. If he'd been available to shoot additional footage, Star Trek would have ended up as a stand-alone drive-in movie and a new pilot, most likely, would not have been ordered!

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