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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 October 2017
This review is for the DVD from The JOHN WAYNE Collection from Warner. The DVD is excellent. A good letterbox transfer (bars top and bottom - giving an extra appreciation of William Clothier's terrific photography). Gorgeous colour and clear picture and sound, with optional English subtitles. Extras include trailers and 2 featurettes. I can't help but feel this film comes in for some unfair criticism. I would be the first to admit it's not Wayne's finest hour, but it is fun! Wayne works well with Ben Johnson (plenty of closeups of Ben's weatherbeaten physog), and he seemed to me to connect with Ann Margaret, who of course retains her spectacular good looks and hair throughout the desert trek, but why cast her and make her dowdy and dirty?? Rod Taylor tries for his macho "Chuka" character and it comes off OK. Somewhat wasted is Christopher George, and more so Bobby Vinton (what on earth was he doing here?), And if you want to give a stuntman a bit extra, do better than director Burt Kennedy does with Jerry Gatlin.. Yes there is a lot of riding back and forth, but it all looks lovely and there is action, courtesy Cliff Lyons (so lots of horses fall when their riders are shot) and at 93 mins it didn't drag for me at all.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 July 2013
To say things straight, this film is not a full success - but I do not regret that I bought and watched it. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

Some twenty years after the War Between The States, a certain Ms. Lowe (gorgeous Ann-Margret), a young and very attractive widow, contacts Lane (John Wayne), an aging former Union cavalry officer, to help her with an unusual endeavour. Ms. Lowe reveals that her late husband was, sadly, a bandit and he once attacked a government train and stole half a million USD in gold coins! It seems that this loot was essentialy not spend but hidden, in a particularly remote and unfriendly location in northern Mexico - and Ms. Lowe knows precisely where! She wants to get this gold and return it - and she is ready to share with Lane and his men the finder fee (10%) offered by the US government. But she warns Lane, that she is not the only one to be after the gold - former associates of her husband are relentlessly following her and if finding this gold offers no difficulties, surviving to claim the reward can be a different matter altogether...

What follows is an easy, mostly relaxing, rather pleasant to watch western, not very good but not very bad either, with a big voyage, lots of camping, black coffee and beef jerky with beans meals, occasional gun fights, some campfires stories and a John Wayne who willingly concedes that both his character and himself are getting old and romancing beautiful young widows is a little behind both of them ("I have a saddle older than you Ms. Lowe"). This moment carries even more weight once we remember that exactly 20 years earlier, in another western (it was "Hondo") John Wayne's character met another young beautiful widow named Ms. Lowe - but in those times she soon ended in his bed...

Once we arrive to the northern Mexico desert, some pretty original and quite nice elements borrowed from both "new wave" and "spaghetti" westerns show that this film was clearly made in 1973, a time very different from the one in which John Wayne was the greatest star in Hollywood. As most of Lane's men are his old comrades in arms from times of Civil War, this film is also quite nostalgic... Also, dialogs are honest, with an occasional good one-liner.

Amongst the weak elements in this film are the "bad guys" - sorry for the SPOILER here, but you should not expect much from them - there is nothing interesting about them and they are really perfectly expendable pathetic gun fodder...

As it was already stated, this is a relaxing and not very original watch - but things change radically in the last 5 minutes... I will certainly not reveal anything about those last 5 minutes, but believe me, even if by moments you can think that this film is too slow and sometimes disappointing, it is still worth to wait until the end, because there you may have both a big surprise (I did not see it coming at all) and a HUGE laugh...)))

Bottom line, this is a kind of 3,5 stars film, recommended mostly for the most devoted Duke's fans or western maniacs (I plead guilty on both counts), who are ready to go to great lengths just to hear John Wayne say "If anyone tries to cross that river before we're out of sight - baptize'em!". Other viewers may be somehow disappointed.
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on 31 January 2016
Big John Wayne is back in what he did best starring in his second western he made in 1973. Co starring Ben Johnson. Rod Taylor. Ann Margaret. Wayne and co are hired by a widow played by Ann Margaret to find gold that her late husband had been involved in. The only trouble is there is quite a few others who want to get their hands on the gold as well. PQ is great in 2.35. 1080p.
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on 16 December 2017
Not one of my husband's favourite DVDs but quite acceptable.
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on 24 February 2017
Probably not among the best of John Wayne's films, but if you are a fan you'll love it.
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on 12 December 2017
Good movie
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on 9 May 2010
"The train robbers",written and directed by Burt kennedy,finds the duke leading,Ben johnson,always great to watch,and Rod taylor,on a hunt for stolen gold,assisted by the sexy ann-margret,who's late husband had held-up the train carrying the gold,across the border into mexico.Meanwhile,wayne's gang is being pursued by a posse of the railroad companies men,also hunting for margret,who knows the whereabouts of the gold.This is the duke in his twilight years,who turned out several enjoyable westerns in this period,"rio lobo" with howard hawks,"big jake" and "the cowboys".Though,not as good as those three,still entertains with excellent supporting cast,and of course,wayne's huge charisma.Will there ever be a film star like wayne again?,no,never,i personally think.Good fun.
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on 29 July 2017
Excellent movie. Arrived very quickly.
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on 30 September 2017
You have to be a fan of western films
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on 30 March 2015
A good John Wayne western film with a fine supporting cast and very enjoyable.
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