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Pre-Classic Clint Eastwood in Old Fashioned Western
on June 9, 2015
The plot is not very heavy as most old westerns are concerned. If you are looking for traditional viewing pleasure, this isn't a chart topper. Ambush at Cimarron Pass is a story which takes place a few years after the Civil War in The West. A group of US soldiers in the west find themselves under the attack of a similar sized group of ex-confederate soldiers. They band together to survive a few bad apples and a clever tribe of Apaches. While the plot isn't exactly riveting, the age of this movie makes it a treat.The number one draw to this movie is the young Clint Eastwood. Acting in a supporting role is a surprise itself, but here he plays a soldier that is put in his place multiple times. I have to admit, there were a few first-times for me when watching him in this movie. I can't recall any other movies where he a) gets knocked down with a shove or single punch and b) where he isn't the strong lead role. It's entertaining to see him in his tall and lanky days. The film production and editing can hold your interest if you pay attention to the details. This was recorded partially in studio, so the camp scenes use painted western backgrounds. You can also hear the echo of the studio when they are in this setting. When filming outdoors, there is little ambient noise and the sound effects are hilarious. Every scene with walking horses had me rolling on the floor with laughter. Half a dozen horses walking on sand and stone sounds like a couple of 2x4's being scuffed against the ground. Same goes for the actors movements as well. The gun fights are a little less distracting though. If you have an hour and twenty minutes to burn on some old Clint Eastwood with antiquated film techniques, enjoy this old fashioned western.