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Shalako (1968)

M/PG | | Western | 13 December 1968 (UK)
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), James Griffith (screenplay) (as J.J. Griffith) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Shalako
Brigitte Bardot ... Irina Lazaar
Stephen Boyd ... Bosky Fulton
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Charles Daggett
Peter van Eyck ... Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)
Honor Blackman ... Lady Daggett
Woody Strode ... Chato
Eric Sykes ... Mako
Alexander Knox ... Henry Clarke
Valerie French ... Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ... Rojas (as Julian Mateos)
Don 'Red' Barry ... Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Rodd Redwing ... Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith Chief Tug Smith ... Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries Hans De Vries ... Hans
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Shalako, the hunter and tracker, has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sean Connery is Shalako! Shalako means action! Action means Bardot!

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Western

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English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

13 December 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edward Dmytryk's Shalako See more »

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Budget:

$1,455,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Honor Blackman and Sir Sean Connery appeared in Goldfinger (1964). See more »

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As the Apaches attack the camp, a brave is shot from his horse.As he rolls on the ground, his wig comes off, revealing short, light brown hair. See more »

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Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: You know I am not married
Countess Irina Lazaar: How would I know?
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: Most women have an instinct for that sort of thing, same ways most men have an instinct for it too.
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The assault and killing of Lady Daggett was heavily cut from UK cinema prints though later video releases were intact. See more »

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Referenced in Spanish Western (2014) See more »

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Shalako
Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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Flawed, but eye-catching, western
18 April 2003 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Hundreds upon hundreds of westerns have been made by Hollywood and other cinematic centers of creation, but this one can at least claim a pretty unique premise and an unusual cast. The story concerns an arrogant and stubborn party of European nobility who have come to the wilds of the North American west to hunt for sport. They blithely roam onto an Apache reservation and invoke the wrath of the tribe, which has had its fill of broken treaties. Connery, as the title character, plays a well-known loner in the area who has a tenuous relationship with the Apaches and finds himself having to try to rescue the hunters. The hunters include the snobby, condescending van Eyck, his feisty fiancé Bardot, cuckolded Hawkins, his discontented wife Blackman, blithering ex-senator Knox and his Latino wife French. Their guide is the dubious Boyd, who is exploiting them for the fees they pay for his services. It is, at once, jarring and fascinating to see these characters in a western setting. The clothing, furnishings, behaviors, etc...are at odds with the typical western visuals. A butler frets that the champagne may not be cold enough, while they all sit at a dining table in the middle of the desert. The characters are so shallow and bigoted that the viewer can hardly wait to see them get their comeuppance and most of them do...in spades. Where the film primarily fails is in its storytelling, editing and location. The script is vague at times, to say the least. It's not always easy to determine the motivations of the characters. This is not helped by the fact that many of their accented murmurings are spoken softly while the musical score blares, making it hard to settle on a volume level. The editing is, at times, striking and effective, but other times it is weak and harms some of the dramatic impact of the story. The location (Spain) resembles nothing like the American west. This is immediately distracting and sometimes continues to be. There's a horribly silly title song. The direction is occasionally on the lazy side as well. However, the sheer intensity and savagery of the action sequences and some various intriguing story elements make this quite watchable. Connery is appropriately rugged, if unexpected, as a western hero. Bardot is lovely, but doesn't really get a chance to shine much. She is a striking figure on the range, even if her HEAVY eye make-up has nothing to do with the time or place. She and Connery have a slight, subdued chemistry between them that isn't fully developed. The real sparks fly between Boyd and Blackman. He is a great slimeball and she is wonderfully desperate. Her tussle with the Indians is a high point of the film. The Indians are portrayed in a throwback way...speaking pigeon English and basically doing what they did in westerns of the '30's. It's surprising that in 1968, Strode was cast as one of the leaders. Ultimately, the climax renders most of what has taken place inconsequential, another flaw in the storytelling. Still, the film has merit for it's collection of international actors, it's inventive violence and it's unusual approach to the western genre. (In some ways, it resembles a 1970's disaster movie! An all star cast gets dressed up, faces peril, gets dirty, and only a handful survive!)


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