movie review

CHINO (1973)

CHINO(1973)

Director: John Sturges, Duilio Coletti

Starring: Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland

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I was super excited to watch this Charles Bronson Flick on Amazon Prime pretty recently.  Bronson is a favorite of mine and I’ve never really seen anything he’s starred in that I didn’t like.  This film in my opinion was pretty damn unwatchable… Who knows, I might really enjoy watching a decent transfer of it, but this version was fucking awful.  I’m a child of the 70’s and grew up watching static B&W VHF/UHF TV, so I’m not completely spoiled rotten…but this for some reason felt even worse to watch then those days in the 70’s.  Amazon can’t clean this shit up?  It was literally transferred by having a camera placed in front of an old TV and cut off an old fuzzed out VHS tape version of the film (every once in a while someone seems to be bumping into the camera stand).  The opening credits/scene have a terrible folk song that goes on for like 3 mins.  People seem to love it.   The story is that of a “halfbreed” horse trainer played by Bronson.  He somehow has a young runaway boy show up at his doorstep (sounds gay I know…).   He teaches the boy the ropes and shows him how to break a horse.  Bronson later falls in love with a woman (played by his actual real life wife), and like all Bronson films trouble ensues.  This might not be considered by many elitists to be a true Spaghetti Western but it is… Its just missing most of the tasty sauce.  To much romance and emotional crap, and not enough gun play.  The bar scene fight is pretty awesome though.  This was filmed in Spain.  Don’t waste your time on this version, sometimes Amazon Prime just truly disappoints.  (NW)

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NW: Nate Wilson    DC: Devon Cahill    MA: Matt Average

 

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