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Cameos and Close Shaves.,
This review is from: Mackenna's Gold [DVD]  (DVD)From the rip-roaring opening titles to the polystyrene rock avalanche at the end this has 'EPIC' written all over it.
And an epic it is- they can't seem to make films like this nowadays: we're all too self aware for that. This is in the grand tradition alongside 'The Valley of Gwangi', the 'Sinbad' films and Jason and the Argonauts (without the monsters though). It's not so much a Western but an Adventure in every meaning of the word.
It's loud, fast paced with a perilous moment almost around every turn.
As a result there are some great actors in cameo parts popping off every few minutes after looking like they're up for a major role.
This is OK though as the film has a conspicuous number of bad guys in it and even the 'hero' has a shady past...........
There's a great degree of pedigree attached to this film- not just actors, but the director (J. Lee Thompson), producer and writer (Carl Foreman) all have great things attached to their names. I particularly liked Ted Cassidy though who delivers a silent 'towering' performance and who only speaks right at the death.
It's a little dated in places- the effects haven't computers to aid them but that doesn't matter: great story, great acting, great pace and above all the landscape plays it's part too. Stunning.
And the Moral?: that there is greed in everyone's heart and that it never pays.