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The Comancheros [DVD]

John Wayne , Stuart Whitman , Michael Curtiz    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Lee Marvin, Bruce Cabot
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Producers: George Sherman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007SME4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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John Wayne stars as Texas Ranger Jake Cutter whose path crosses with that of professional gambler Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman). The two become uneasy bedfellows in their quest to crush a powerful outlaw gang who are selling arms and alcohol to the local Indians. This was director Michael Curtiz's last film and also stars Lee Marvin and Ina Balin.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Western Adventure. 5 April 2009
"The Comancheros" (61) is based on the very good novel of the same name written in 1954 by Paul I Wellman. It concerns the story of Texas ranger Jake Cutter who captures a riverboat gambler, Paul Regret played by the dashing Stuart Whitman. Regret is wanted for killing a senators son in a duel. After some adventures whilst conveying him to gaol they become involved in a Ranger operation against a nest of villainous Comancheros. (Gun runners notorious for trading with hostile Indians) The plot thickens as Regret meets an old flame Pilar Graile played by Ina Balin. Pilar is the daughter of the Comanchero leader played with panache by Nehemiah Persoff. She also transpires to be their only hope of salvation when the pair are captured. We head to an explosive climax.

The film was directed by the legendary Michael Cutiz a Hungarian emigree who made the unforgettable "Casablanca"(42) and "The Adventures of Robin Hood.(39) Curtiz became ill during the making of the film and Wayne fresh from his epic directorial duties on "The Alamo" took over until completion. Curtiz sadly died soon after the film was finished.

The film is greatly enhanced by the support cast who are particularly strong in this film. Special mention must be made of Guinn 'Big boy' Williams a Western stalwart of many years. The son of a congressman his nickname was given to him by Will Rogers with whom he often worked. Williams plays a brief larger than life role as an old gun runner who is economical with the truth. It is a very funny scene stealing performance and turned out to be his last as he too died shortly afterwards. It was a fitting finale to his long career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...'You gonna get this film or whistle dixie?' 5 April 2008
Being raised on Eastwood, I thought it was about time I took a look at JW's work. It's a great western, typical for its time. Beautiful cinematography and score. The cast is great -John Wayne filling the screen and one Lee Marvin standing out doing what he did best. This is cowboys and indians in glorious technicolour. If you love your westerns -get it, watch it and enjoy. Adios.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous blu-ray 4 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Comancheros blu-ray is simply outstanding,the picture quality is truly excellent,audio too,and this digibook packaging is very classy.
I seen this western when it first came to our local Cinema,it was my first viewing of John Wayne on the big screen,1960 or 61,I cant remember,and it has always been a sentimental favourite,I have the dvd,but nothing prepared me for the quality of this blu-ray transfer.
The Comancheros Blu-ray is very,very nearly up alongside The Searchers for picture quality,and that,s high praise,it also has a couple of excellent documentary,s too,all in all The Comancheros Blu-ray is a MUST BUY for all Wayne/western fans,Highly HIGHLY Recommended.
Davy Cairns,Scotland.
ps,It is definitely region free,so will play on all UK players!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Comancheros may not be a classic Western, but it's certainly one of John Wayne's most entertaining star vehicles and hides the scars of its troubled production well. Director Michael Curtiz was dying during the shoot, with the Duke standing in for him behind the camera uncredited on the days he was too ill to work, and for the most part the joins never show. It's impressively staged with the kind of lavish production values that the dying studio system could still bring to the screen, boasting the kind of old-school professionalism that pleased producers and cinemagoers alike and plays well to its stars' strengths. The Duke's straight-talking Texas Ranger who lives by his word makes a surprisingly good double-act with Stuart Whitman's cultured riverboat gambler on the run from a murder charge - and, for much of the first half of the film, Wayne - after killing a judge's son in a duel. Naturally the mismatched pair end up on the same side tracking down the Comancheros who are raiding and indiscriminately killing their way through the countryside, but thanks to some witty writing, good plotting and some especially good action sequences courtesy of Cliff Lyons there's a lot of fun to be had en route to its foregone conclusion happy ending.

While the Western was already falling from favor when it came out in 1961, it's a surprisingly forward-looking style of action picture with its mixture of action, wit (be it the Duke mispronouncing French or the villain extolling his ugliness as a sign of character) and sadism for all the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
After winning a duel with a prominent and connected New Orleans man, gambler Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman) has to flee on account of impending arrest for murder. But he is soon captured by Texas Ranger, Jake Cutter (John Wayne), who sets about returning him to Louisiana to be hanged. However, in spite of their obvious professional differences, the men are forced to come together to fight The Comancheros, renegade white men who smuggle guns and whiskey to the Comanche Indians.

The credentials for The Comancheros are out of the top draw. Directed by Michael Curtiz, starring John Wayne, with support from the likes of Lee Marvin, Henry Daniel, Edgar Buchanan, Ina Balin, Jack Elam & Bruce Cabot. While the score is provided by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography is courtesy of William H. Clothier. It's based on a story by Paul Wellman and although far from being a top tier Duke Wayne Oater, it's an amiable action packed movie that has an old fashioned feel to it.

This was to be Curtiz's last film as he was to pass away shortly afterwards, he was helped on the direction by Wayne who requested to be uncredited for his work, while Cliff Lyons was on hand for some of the action sequences. The acting is solid and the cast seem to be having fun, though a romantic strand between Whitman's Regret & Balin's Pilar is badly developed, but around them all is the Utah & Arizona locale which is beautifully utilised by the talented Clothier.

An entertaining Oater to pass away a Sunday afternoon with. 6/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and very enjoyable
Typical John Wayne western. Great fun and very enjoyable.Best of all this edition in the blue amray case is region free and will play on UK players.
Published 20 days ago by CJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product,as described.would use again. Thank you.
Published 29 days ago by Dowle1
5.0 out of 5 stars the comancheros
i have been waiting for this john wayne classic to come out on blu ray wasnt disappointed film and audio excellent
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Barry Ratcliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars A favourite for the laconic dialogue
John Wayne at his best ? A good story line plus romance comedy and action. And, a good exciting ending
Published 9 months ago by Richard Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Comancheros amary case edition bluray
I won't review this excellent film as there are already good reviews here already I'll just reiterate to anyone
who is thinking of buying it, the blu-ray is excellent quality... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ALLAN LADD
5.0 out of 5 stars Comancheros
I have always enjoyed this film now I have it for ever I am a lucky guy enjoy if you want
Published on 18 May 2012 by fred
3.0 out of 5 stars Rio Conchos was better
When I saw this film as a child I thought it was great, now I'm a bit older I'm not so sure. I'd recommend Gordon Douglas' "Rio Conchos" with Richard Boone to you instead it's a... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2010 by Stephen Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Rattling good entertainment
I am surprised that this very entertaining Western has only attracted one other review at this time. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2009 by Bob Salter
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