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Andrew V McLaglen was not a director who stamped his own individual mark on a film. He churned out lots of good solid films with established stars. Films like "McLintock"(63) with John Wayne and "Shenandoah"(65) with James Stewart. Whilst not gifted he was dependable. "Bandolero"(68) was one of his better offerings.

Mace Bishop played by James Stewart arrives in town in hangmans garb to rescue his brother Dee played by Dean Martin. Dee and his gang have tried unsuccessfully to rob the bank. They now have an invitation to a necktie party. Mace springs the gang and manages to rob the bank as well. Dee takes along Maria played by Raquel Welch, who is the wife of a man killed in the robbery. The gang are pursued by a vengeful possee led by the sheriff July Johnson played by George Kennedy and his deputy Roscoe played by Andrew Pine. July has more than a passing interest in Maria. The gang is chased over the border into Mexico and into hostile Bandolero territory. As the journey progresses Maria starts to fall for Dee. Later the possee capture the gang in an abandoned town only to be attacked by the fierce bandoleros. July is forced to release the gang to fight for their lives. In the final showdown nearly everyone is killed. An unmarked grave is the final resting place for most.

James Stewart previously explored the close bonds between brothers in another very enjoyable film "Night Passage"(57) where his bandit brother was Audie Murphy. Stewart was beginning to age in this film but he just about passes muster as Deanos brother. Raquel Welch looks very beautiful in trying conditions. Her role was very similar to that of Claudia Cardinale in "The Professionals"(66). Larry McMurtry the famous Western writer reportedly paid homage to the film in his cowboy epic "Lonesome Dove". That book also had a sheriff called July Johnson and a deputy called Roscoe. Other similarities in the book give more than strong credence to this. The film was made on location at Alamo village, Bracketville, Texas which John Wayne built for his epic film "The Alamo"(60).

The film is an unusual and well above average Western. It has plenty of star pulling power and is strong on action. The sixties was not a halcyon period for quality Westerns after they reached their zenith in the fifties, and this is one of the better ones. For the Western fan it is well worth adding to your collection. Recommended viewing.
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Andrew V McLaglen was not a director who stamped his own individual mark on a film. He churned out lots of good solid films with established stars. Films like "McLintock"(63) with John Wayne and "Shenandoah"(65) with James Stewart. Whilst not gifted he was dependable. "Bandolero"(68) was one of his better offerings.

Mace Bishop played by James Stewart arrives in town in hangmans garb to rescue his brother Dee played by Dean Martin. Dee and his gang have tried unsuccessfully to rob the bank. They now have an invitation to a necktie party. Mace springs the gang and manages to rob the bank as well. Dee takes along Maria played by Raquel Welch, who is the wife of a man killed in the robbery. The gang are pursued by a vengeful possee led by the sheriff July Johnson played by George Kennedy and his deputy Roscoe played by Andrew Pine. July has more than a passing interest in Maria. The gang is chased over the border into Mexico and into hostile Bandolero territory. As the journey progresses Maria starts to fall for Dee. Later the possee capture the gang in an abandoned town only to be attacked by the fierce bandoleros. July is forced to release the gang to fight for their lives. In the final showdown nearly everyone is killed. An unmarked grave is the final resting place for most.

James Stewart previously explored the close bonds between brothers in another very enjoyable film "Night Passage"(57) where his bandit brother was Audie Murphy. Stewart was beginning to age in this film but he just about passes muster as Deanos brother. Raquel Welch looks very beautiful in trying conditions. Her role was very similar to that of Claudia Cardinale in "The Professionals"(66). Larry McMurtry the famous Western writer reportedly paid homage to the film in his cowboy epic "Lonesome Dove". That book also had a sheriff called July Johnson and a deputy called Roscoe. Other similarities in the book give more than strong credence to this. The film was made on location at Alamo village, Bracketville, Texas which John Wayne built for his epic film "The Alamo"(60).

The film is an unusual and well above average Western. It has plenty of star pulling power and is strong on action. The sixties was not a halcyon period for quality Westerns after they reached their zenith in the fifties, and this is one of the better ones. For the Western fan it is well worth adding to your collection. Recommended viewing.
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on 13 March 2012
Saw this western as a 10 year old kid and was blown away by it. One of the first films I saw in which bad guys turned out not quite that bad after all. As the story progresses I felt more sympathetic to the brothers. It wasn't hard to like the brother played by James Stewart. Who would not come to help his brother, no matter what he has done. But as I got deeper and deeper into the story I could understand the other brother's (played by Dean Martin) motives as well. I'm glad it's available on DVD, so I could pick it up. Going to watch it with my sons, just like my parents watched it with me and my brother!
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on 31 May 2016
Dee Bishop and his gang attempt to rob the Val Verde bank but are arrested. In a different town his elder brother Mace Bishop over hears a hangman saying he is to gang Dee Bishop so he apprehends him and takes his identity to free him. Once free they attempt to make it to Mexico with a vengeful sheriff hot on their trail.

Andrew V McLaglen directed many good films throughout his career but he never really got the credit he deserved. He made entertaining war movies such as The Devils Brigade Wild Geese and the Cross of Iron sequel Breakthrough. However his career was mainly filled with Westerns like Shenandoah, The Way West and The Last Hard Men, this however in my opinion is the finest film of his career.

In the lead we have James Stewart as Mace Bishop the scruffy wanderer who once fought for General Sherman during the civil war. He is a fine actor and one of the best of his generation and he shines here as the likeable do gooder turned outlaw. His brother Dee Bishop is a outlaw with a heart perfectly played by Dean Martin. He may rob banks and during the war he rode with Quantrill but as he states “I never harmed no women or children”. Raquel Welch supplies the beauty as Mrs Stoner the widow whose husband was killed by one of Dee's gang members, she eventually starts to respect the Bishop brothers and falls in love with Dee. George Kennedy is equally impressive as cool sounding Sheriff July Johnson who is in love with Mrs Stoner and wants her back.

The story has nice mix of humour and violence. In one of the films best scenes, after the Bishop gang are freed from the gallows the entire town give chase, leaving Mace Bishop alone in town so he decides to rob the bank himself and take a nice sum of $10,000. We also get some touching scenes between Dee and Mace when they talk about their family and how their father never saw more than $10 in his whole life. Which eventually brings Dee and Mr's Stoner close together.

The touching relationship between Dee, Mace and Mrs Stoner all come to a violent end when they are camping out in a abandoned Mexican town (which reminds me of the Alamo) when they are all attacked by Bandolero's. The action sequence is great, with various characters been killed off. The downbeat ending is a nice touch.

Jerry Goldsmith supplies a fantastic and catchy score. One of his finest.
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on 28 March 2009
i had not seen this film before and bought it purely because of james stewart and like usual the film does not dissapoint , it's a film about bad men turning good i suppose .
the action and scenery are good the cast are first rate and the film has a refreshing ending thats not the norm in your average western ,well worth investing in .
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on 22 July 2010
Bandelero! is a very good film about two very different brothers who have become estranged but are brought together by events in a town in Texas. Both the main stars Dean Martin and James Stewart are very good and get the right balance with their characters between humour and believibility. Also the film does not end in the usual cliched Hollywood way whcih certainly improves it. All in all Bandelero! is a very good film.
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on 21 September 2012
I saw this film as part of a double bill at the cinema,would you believe Butch Cassidy was the main film! Those were the days.
A good western with a classic cast, recieved in perfect condition.
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on 21 November 2015
Australian Blu-ray is Excellent quality and in 2.35.1 Widescreen
Nice and sharp print.Nice Colour.

Wonderful old western photographed in CinemaScope.
Recommended.
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on 29 March 2013
had not seen it before and quite enjoyed it. more a 'B' movie than an epic but worth having in stewart collection
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on 15 November 2013
If you are a western fan you will love this movie, James Stewart, Dean Martin what's not to love,fast delivery not a bad price.

This movie is never shown on tv so I would say buy it now
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