Watch 4 for Texas
- 2 hr 4 min
4 for Texas is a classic Western film released in 1963. It stars two of the era's biggest names - Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, as well as the alluring Anita Ekberg. The story is set in the town of Galveston, Texas, where two rival gamblers, Zack Thomas (Sinatra) and Joe Jarrett (Martin), try to take over the saloon by winning the favor of its owner, Matilda (Ekberg). They eventually decide to team up against a corrupt sheriff (Victor Buono) and a group of bandits led by Charles Bronson.
The movie begins with a fiery poker game between Zack and Joe. After a heated argument, they decide to bury the hatchet and join forces to defeat their common enemy, the sheriff. However, they soon realize that this won't be an easy task. The corrupt lawman is protected by a group of ruthless gunmen and is in cahoots with a wealthy banker who has his own interests at heart.
Zack and Joe are not the only ones interested in taking over Galveston. Matilda, the owner of the Golden Door Saloon, has her own plans. She too intends to take control of the town by cornering the lucrative gambling market. But soon she realizes that she needs the help of these two tough-talking gamblers if she wants to achieve her goal.
As the trio tries to outsmart the sheriff and his men, they find themselves constantly thwarted by Charles Bronson's band of bandits. The action-packed showdown comes at the end of the movie, where the film's stars engage in a fierce battle that is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.
4 for Texas is not simply an action movie. It is also a comic tale of the rivalry between the two main characters played by Sinatra and Martin. Their squabbles and hilarious banter provide comic relief amidst the tense action scenes. Besides, their fans will enjoy the occasional tune they croon together in unison.
The film is made in the classic western genre with larger-than-life heroes, quick-draws, heroics, and standoffs. The stunning location shots in Technicolor capture the beauty of the Southwestern United States. The set designs are grandiose, and the panoramic shots of the Western landscape in the background are awe-inspiring.
The film's star cast is impressive too. Sinatra brings his signature swagger and sharp dialogue to Zack's character, while Martin plays Joe with an affable charm. Anita Ekberg brings her unique sex appeal and feisty attitude to the role of Matilda. Charles Bronson steals the show with his menacing portrayal of the bandit leader, and Victor Buono is convincing in his role as the insidious Sheriff.
4 for Texas may not be a masterpiece, but it is an entertaining and enjoyable movie, especially for Western fans. It was released in the era when Westerns dominated American cinema, and it was destined to be a hit.
The movie's title '4 for Texas' symbolizes the power game and the number of players, with four characters taking center stage in the battle for control of the town, 'Texas' is the metaphor for a large area of land, which is the primary prize in the movie.
If you enjoy action, comedy, and music wrapped in a vintage Western, 4 for Texas would be an excellent choice. It is a fun, sometimes humorous, sometimes thrilling, movie that is worth a view.
4 for Texas is a 1963 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.