By Chaz Lipp

Here’s an excerpt of my review of The Five Man Army (click the title to see the full article on The Morton Report):

“The Five Man Army (1969), is a spaghetti western co-scripted by Dario Argento and directed by Don Taylor. The film is set in Mexico. The year is 1914, a time when the country was embroiled in a revolution that eventually resulted in the Constitution of Mexico in 1917…The film stars Peter Graves, then popular as Jim Phelps on TV’s Mission: Impossible, as the Dutchman, who leads a high-stakes adventure that culminates in the robbing of a train packed with half a million dollars in gold…The actual train robbery accounts for more than one-third of the movie. It plays out with minimal dialogue, letting the lean action speak for itself… Ennio Morricone’s score creates an evocative atmosphere.”

And there’s an excerpt of my review of The Wrath of God (click the title to see the full article on The Morton Report):

“A rather bizarre obscurity from 1972, The Wrath of God is part straight western, part dark comedy, set somewhere in Central America in the early 1920s…A strong cast has kept this one worth checking out, with Robert Mitchum headlining as the gun-toting “priest” Father Oliver Van Horne. A young Frank Langella goes way over the top as the Catholic-hating psychotic Tomas De la Plata. And, in her final role, screen legend Rita Hayworth appears as Tomas’s mother, Senora De la Plata…Van Horne is spared from a firing squad by Colonel Santilla (John Colicos) and tasked with disposing of the crazed tyrant, De la Plata…Mitchum, especially, has a field day with the juicy dialogue.”
Chaz Lipp

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