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Jack Palance is terrific, and the supporting cast consists of seasoned, excellent character actors, like Richard Basehart, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland and Richard Jordan.
Directed by Michael Winner, who also did the editing under the alias of Arnold Crust Jr., and who was to work with Bronson on another fascinating film the following year, "The Mechanic", and of course their big success with "Death Wish" in 1974, keeps the pace fast. Cinematographer Robert Paynter shot the film on location in Spain, and Jerry Fielding adds to the atmosphere with his score.
I've seen this film numerous times, and though it's not for the squeamish, it's a must for Bronson fans.
DVD extra is the theatrical trailer, and total time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
In the seventies Winner redefined the action/thriller with Charles Bronson as his leading player in "The Mechanic," "Cold Sweat" and (most influentially and controversially) "Death Wish." In addition he gave us a kinetic spy thriller ("Scorpio" with Burt Lancaster) and a brace of philosophically grim and savage westerns - "Lawman" (again with Lancaster) and "Chato's Land."
"Chato's Land" is a violent fable of frontier injustice, terrorism, torture and revenge. It establishes the Native American as a proud, intelligent and noble warrior at odds in the world of the white man (through no fault of his own) yet chillingly in control in his native environment. Bronson's character is relentless, stoic and unforgiving and so is this film. If you're a western fan, this is a rare treat. And a reminder that although his film career may have slid into decline after the early seventies, Mr Winner was a filmaker with a rare vision and unique talent and his back catalogue is well overdue for re-appraisal. Forget what came after, appreciate what went before.