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Invitation To A Gunfighter [DVD]

Yul Brynner , George Segal , Richard Wilson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, George Segal, Janice Rule, Pat Hingle
  • Directors: Richard Wilson
  • Producers: Richard Wilson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SJ3CC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,851 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Upon returning home from the American Civil War, Matt Weaver discovers that his farm has been sold as 'enemy property' and his sweetheart has married an old enemy. When Weaver attempts to take back what is his by rights, the town's corrupt leader (Pat Hingle) hires a professional gunfighter (Yul Brynner) to get rid of him.

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dvd import parlato italianomatt weaver, reduce dalla guerra civile nella quale ha militato quale confederato, trova il paese natale, pecos nel nuovo messico, in mano a brewster (banchiere dalla citta'), la sua proprieta' messa all'asta e ruth, la fidanzata, sposata a crane adams. gli atteggiamenti di rivendicazione del reduce, oltre a radicare nell'ostilita' a suo riguardo tutta la popolazione, inducono brewster ad aizzargli contro in un primo tempo l'acquirente del ranch dei weaver, poi jules gaspard, il pistolero numero uno della zona.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Minor Classic. 21 April 2009
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is most unusual Western fare. The film is directed by Richard Wilson who also co wrote the script with his wife. Wilson shows an assured hand with the directorial duties as you might expect from someone who learnt his trade in the legendary Mercury theatre, and acted in most of Orson Welles American films. His theatre background is very evident in this film which could be easily transposed to the stage. Location filming is almost non existent, most of the action taking place indoors. The emphasis is very much on the script and the acting abilities of the cast.

Yul Brynner in what was certainly one of his finest roles plays the dandyish Jules (silent S) Gaspard (silent D) D'Estaing a Creole gunfighter who arrives in the New Mexico town of Pecos just after the end of the Civil war. The town is after the blood of George Segal the only man to have fought the rebel cause in the war. Brynner, just passing through decides to stay and takes money from a corrupt town official to kill Segal. But below the harsh exterior there is always the possibility that Brynner may have a conscience. The divisions between good and bad become blurred and we head to a bloody showdown.

There is a richness to the film beyond this brief synopsis. Issues of racism and class divisions are unusually and honestly covered. We discover that D'Estaings mother was a slave owned by his Father who sold her when she persisted in asking that he educate her son beyond his station. A traumatic event that you realise has affected his whole psyche. The two main stars Brynner and Segal in one of his earlier roles are both excellent. Strother Martin that old Peckinpah favourite also appears as the town barber. The film contains a memorable scene where Brynner in a fest of wanton vandalism wrecks most of the town.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Piece of Western Theatre. 21 April 2009
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is most unusual Western fare. The film is directed by Richard Wilson who also co wrote the script with his wife. Wilson shows an assured hand with the directorial duties as you might expect from someone who learnt his trade in the legendary Mercury theatre, and acted in most of Orson Welles American films. His theatre background is very evident in this film which could be easily transposed to the stage. Location filming is almost non existent, most of the action taking place indoors. The emphasis is very much on the script and the acting abilities of the cast.

Yul Brynner in what was certainly one of his finest roles plays the dandyish Jules (silent S) Gaspard (silent D) D'Estaing a Creole gunfighter who arrives in the New Mexico town of Pecos just after the end of the Civil war. The town is after the blood of George Segal the only man to have fought the rebel cause in the war. Brynner, just passing through decides to stay and takes money from a corrupt town official to kill Segal. But below the harsh exterior there is always the possibility that Brynner may have a conscience. The divisions between good and bad become blurred and we head to a bloody showdown.

There is a richness to the film beyond this brief synopsis. Issues of racism and class divisions are unusually and honestly covered. We discover that D'Estaings mother was a slave owned by his Father who sold her when she persisted in asking that he educate her son beyond his station. A traumatic event that you realise has affected his whole psyche. The two main stars Brynner and Segal in one of his earlier roles are both excellent. Strother Martin that old Peckinpah favourite also appears as the town barber. The film contains a memorable scene where Brynner in a fest of wanton vandalism wrecks most of the town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Rebel soldier Matt Weaver returns to town after the Civil War, only to find that his home has been sold by unscrupulous town boss, Sam Brewster. Brewster, fearing for his safety, hires gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to eradicate Weaver. But as d'Estaing's settles in to town it becomes clear to him just what a corrupt and morally bankrupt bunch the townsfolk are.

It grieves me to mark a film like this, with so many good people involved with it, down so low. The thematic heart of this picture is fabulous, nothing none of us haven't seen before, but tales of hired gunmen straightening out dirty towns are always of interest if handled with care and a commitment to the moral essence. Invitation To A Gunfighter, in spite of starring Yul Brynner, George Segal, Brad Dexter, Pat Hingle and Strother Martin, and being directed by Orson Welles collaborator Richard Wilson, is ploddingly paced and acted like a low budget C movie. The score from David Raksin is intrusive and completely out of sync with the nature of the piece, whilst the back lot location is all too evident.

The piece briefly picks up entering the final third, where thankfully Brynner is asked to earn his pay outside of walking around glumly, but it's a false dawn as the finale has all the excitement of a runny nose. I'm in the minority judging by the comments written for this film thus far, so maybe it caught me at a bad time, but the chances of me ever seeking this one out again are remote to say the least. 3/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invitation to a Gunfighter 22 April 2013
By Zebedee
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First saw this on YouTube and decided to by the DVD. An old fashioned western with my favourite actor, Yul Brynner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy & enjoy
Although his charter is much the same as in the mag 7 its very enjoyable to watch ,Just dont make em like this anymore! Read more
Published 17 days ago by stan g pott
5.0 out of 5 stars good western
not a shoot -up western ,more story based , it`s still a good western with a good cast ,worth looking at .
Published 1 month ago by John R. Gidley
4.0 out of 5 stars Western
Good film with Yul Bryner.
Synopsis = goddie chases baddie after causing trouble. Bang Bang Bang and the hero wins the baddie fails
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Michael J. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I like it
A nice moment in front of my T V, watching this film. But it's a classical movie for the ones who dream of the old times of The Far West 'n want to kill an hour 'n not fall asleep.
Published 18 months ago by Ph BRETON
3.0 out of 5 stars Hired to kill a Reb!
Invitation to a gunfighter is a slow moving drama of a western. It's not bad, it's just not that exciting. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by j.r
3.0 out of 5 stars INVITATION TO A GUNFIGHTER DVD
Great yul brynner fan ,maybe not one of his best films but ok, shame it is a 4.3 letterbox version, not 16.9 widesrceen.
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by K. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film let down by a very weak ending
Invitation to a Gunfighter is a good film starring Yul Bryner as the strangest named cowboy in Westerns. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by HBH
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been a greater one .
Richard WILSON cut little western movies . He should have tried again 'cause he wasn't so bad with this "Invitation to a gunfighter" . Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by Casanova Claude
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