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4.0 out of 5 stars "Apache don't leave tracks unless they got a reason"
In this tough and unrelenting Western, Charles Bronson plays Chato, an Apache who shoots a sheriff in an ugly bar dispute, and then finds himself being hunted by a posse, led by Jack Palance, who is the menacing, bigoted Capt. Quincey Whitmore.
Chato turns tables on the posse, who become the hunted, as Chato leaves signs to make it easy for them to track him, and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than most Westerns.
Watching this movie, it is hard to believe that Charles Bronson was not actually an Apache of the nineteenth century. He is splendid in the part of an American Indian unjustly treated. An exaggerated tale of racial prejudice, the story does at least give one the satisfaction of seeing some really nasty characters get what they deserve. The trouble I have with the film is...
Published on 23 May 2009 by John Barrett Rose


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4.0 out of 5 stars AN OLD FAVORITE, 20 Dec 2011
This review is from: Chato's Land [DVD] (1972) (DVD)
I bought this as a present for my dad, he watched it years ago and loved it, so he was really pleased to get a copy. very reasonable price.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go then, and God mark you for the man you are., 15 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Chato's Land is directed by Michael Winner and written by Gerry Wilson. It stars Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Richard Baseheart, Ralph Waite and Richard Jordan. Shot on location in Andalucia, Spain, with photography by Robert Paynter, it's musically scored by Jerry Fielding. Plot finds Bronson as half Apache, Pardon Chato, who is forced to kill the local sheriff in self defence and finds himself being hunted by a town posse led by Captain Quicey Whitmore (Palance). However, as the posse trail him into the wilderness it becomes apparent that the tables have been turned, with Chato given further cause to inflict harm upon his pursuers.

The first of six collaborations between Charles Bronson and Michael Winner, Chato's Land finds the pair setting the marker for what would define their work. With the Western genre going thru a resurgence, Chato's Land is very in-keeping with the type of Western that was being released in the early 70's: namely violent, uncompromising and certainly gritty. These things, as history now shows, were tailor made for Winner, who perfectly utilises Bronson's silent and brooding assets to great effect.

Often suspected to be an allegory of the United States' involvement in Vietnam, it's thematically correct in that respect. But the timing of the film would suggest this to not be the case. Chato's Land is more than just a revenge Western; a film about white men out of their usual terrain being pursued by a man of a different ethnicity, it wants to, and does quite well, be a picture dealing in racism, violence and the folly of hypocritical justice. But even tho Wilson's script brings these issues to light, they are not fully formed, with Winner at times dragging the film to a stand-still. However, the group dynamic is a good one, with the inevitable character differences creating a tinderbox waiting to ignite, while Winner doesn't skimp over the violence, puncturing the narrative with savage thrusts.

Bronson was 50 years old when making the film, his physicality here is very impressive. The role of Chato is hardly a stretch for him, in fact it's very much a perfect fit. He's basically asked to be a phantom in the landscape, but he casts an imposing presence each time he's called on to deliver some Chato justice. In pursuit are a mixed bunch of actors, with Palance, Whitmore and Baseheart the obvious professional standouts, while Simon Oakland leaves an indelible mark as grizzled father of the Hooker boys, Jubal. Fielding's (The Wild Bunch) score is efficient, but workmanlike, and Paynter's (Lawman) photography never really makes the landscape as imposing as it should be. Overall it's a mixed bag, but for fans of revenge type Westerns, and Palance, it's easy to recommend, but it still should have been more intelligent than it ultimately is. 7/10
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chatos land, 19 Mar 2011
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I LIKE most of charles bronson dvds, th one is verygood , I enjoyed it very much. David BOWEN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chato's Land (DVD), 12 Dec 2009
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A. E. Buddle (Farnborough Hants UK) - See all my reviews
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Displays wonderfully the attitude of supposedly civilized white men tracking down a mixed white/Indian man accused of murder. Excellent cast of characters played by extremely good actors. Dialogue not to be surpassed. aeg.b
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRONSON AT HIS BEST, 7 Feb 2009
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One to buy if you look for the steeley eyed Bronson playing a role that really suits him, patience at his game to the end, and an end which may surprise you. Definitely for the collection of Bronson fans.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Andulucia looks good., 10 Jan 2010
This review is from: Chato's Land [DVD] (1972) (DVD)
The trouble with this film is that the best scene is in the first minute.

Also the 3 villains are so unlikeable (even as villains) that it is hard to enjoy it.

Not much action in first hour. Palance steals the film but Bronson in top physical shape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chato's Land, 30 Nov 2012
This review is from: Chato's Land [DVD] (1972) (DVD)
Another of Charles Bronson classics. Bascally, a group of no good people just did not like Indians. They went at lengths to see him dead. But they came up against a very smart Indian. The title was part of the give away. No one knew the land like he did, which made him almost a ghost. One of my favorites Bronson!
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3.0 out of 5 stars chatos land, 2 May 2010
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The film was a bit pedestrian the outcome was obvious from the first opening shots.
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