Charro!

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Vince Hackett’s gang steals a prized victory canon from Mexico and blames the deed on ex-gang member Jess Wade who wants to go straight.

ACTORS :  Elvis Presley, Ina Balin, Victor French

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1969

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Charro! Jess Wade is falsely accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces. He tries to find the real culprits, a gang of criminals.

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Charro! I don’t know what makes me enjoy this movie more, being an Elvis fan or being a fan of western movies (my favorite is El Dorado).

This movie shows some pretty good acting, an impressive soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, some wild action and an Elvis, that is pretty rough and tough. Warren hadn’t made a movie for ten years before “Charro” and I think he shouldn’t have been producer, writer AND director. He did his weakest job as the writer, his directing is a lot better, but I wonder what Peckinpah might have done out of this story. In fact the two-former-friends-now-enemies plot is typical for Peckinpah. The story reflects a lot of Elvis’ own career, most obvious: the bad guy in “Charro” USES the Elvis character to make money, which is exactly what Elvis’ real life manager did, too, in fact that guy (who called himself Colonel, although he wasn’t) was highly unscrupulous and Elvis too weak (sorry fellow fans but let’s face the truth!) to have his own way. This often underrated movie is highly recommendable to anyone who likes western movies. Let me add that this movie is NOT a musical; in one scene Elvis is opening a door to look into a saloon where a band is playing, in one of his awful musical comedies, the man would jump onto the stage and perform some tune, but here he turns around and closes the door.

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As much as I like Flaming Star, I like Charro a whole lot more. Elvis’s acting was more refined. You could tell he was better trained than in some earlier films. Yes, it’s a western, and westerns are hardly ever Oscar material. But in its own genre, it’s very entertaining. The plot is as good as any other western movie I’ve seen, John Wayne notwithstanding, and the acting (again for the genre) was quite good. I wish Elvis had been allowed to make more serious movies. As much as I like most of his musicals, the three dramatic ones (Love Me Tender, Flaming Star, and Charro) and his supporting appearance in Change of Habit, were by far the best and the ones that showed his real talent for acting.

 

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