The Comancheros

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"Big Jake the Adventurer... Paul Regret the Gambler... Pilar the Gypsy beauty... Three With a Past... Destined to Cross and Clash... In a Kingdom of Killers!"
  • Approved
  • 1961
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 6.8  (9,970)
  • 55

The Comancheros is a western film released in 1961 and directed by Michael Curtiz. It stars John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, and Ina Balin. The movie was produced by 20th Century Fox and is based on a book titled 'The Comancheros' by Paul I. Wellman. The storyline is set in Texas, in the early 1800s when the Comancheros, a band of white men, were trading illegal arms to the Indians. The story follows Texas Ranger Jake Cutter (John Wayne) as he hunts down the Comancheros and their head honcho, Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman). Regret is a notorious gambler and killer who is also wanted by the authorities. Cutter is joined in the quest by a Louisiana gambler named Tully Crow (played by Whitman), who is caught cheating at cards by Cutter and is subsequently arrested.

As they travel through rough terrain, Cutter and Crow develop a grudging respect for each other. They eventually locate the Comancheros' hideout, where they discover that Regret has been kidnapped by the band's leader, a ruthless Indian named Bloodshirt (Nehemiah Persoff). The duo decides to rescue Regret, and they enlist the help of an Indian squaw named Pilar Graile (Ina Balin).

The film's pacing is excellent, and it keeps the audience engaged with its captivating action sequences and witty dialogues. The chemistry between Wayne and Whitman is remarkable, and their performances are noteworthy. Wayne's steely charisma and Whitman's dynamic energy elevate the film's entertainment value.

The Comancheros also features a visually stunning cinematography, with its exteriors shot in Technicolor, especially the scenes depicting the vast and breathtakingly beautiful desert landscape.

The movie's soundtrack is composed by Elmer Bernstein, and it features a memorable theme song that complements the action sequences perfectly. The music sets the tone for the film and heightens the emotional impact of the narrative.

Overall, The Comancheros is an impeccably crafted western, featuring a stellar cast, engaging performances, breathtaking exteriors, and a remarkable soundtrack. It's a riveting adventure that captivates the audience through its intense action, humor, and pathos. The Comancheros is a must-watch for fans of western movies, and it's widely regarded as one of the best films ever made in the genre.

The Comancheros is a 1961 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 55.

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    1 hr 45 min
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    6.8  (9,970)
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