The Proud and the Damned is an entertaining western that is worth a watch because the DVD is so cheap. In 1870 in an unidentified South American country, five Confederate mercenaries are hired by a corrupt, evil dictator, General Martinez to do a job. The five men must find the hideout of the revolutionaries fighting Martinez and how many men he is up against. As it goes, the mercenaries are captured by the revolutionaries. They must then decide whether to side with the rebels and face Martinez or try and escape and keep their deal with the general. This is one of those movies that you just don't know why you like it. The script is nothing to brag about, the action scenes are a little cheesy, and the quality of the movie is poor, yet even with all these reasons, I still enjoyed this movie. Go figure. I recommend this movie because it is so cheap, and it is an entertaining way to kill an hour and a half.
Chuck Connors plays Sergeant Will Hansen, the leader of the close knit group of Confederate mercenaries who find themselves in a sticky situation. Connors is very good as a sort of father figure to his men. Aron Kincaid plays Ike, one of the mercenaries who falls in love with a woman promised to another man. Cesar Romero plays the leader of the revolutionaries in San Carlos opposing General Martinez, played by Andres Marquis. The remaining mercenaries are played by Smokey Roberds as Jeb, Henry Capps as Hank, and Peter Ford as Billy. The rest of the cast includes Jose Greco, Conrad Parham, Maria Grimm, Nana Lorca, and Anita Quinn. The DVD offers the movie in standard presentation with no extra features. The movie is not in the best of condition, but what do you want from a DVD that costs under $5? For an enjoyable western with Chuck Connors and some south of the border excitement, check out The Proud and the Damned!