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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good western with excellent cast
Bandolero! is a very good western that never slows down from beginning to end. This may seem like your typical western but it is a step above the rest. After the Civil War, two brothers are reunited on opposite sides of the law. Mace pretends to be a hangman to save his brother and his gang for robbing a bank. After saving them from certain death, Mace and Dee race...
Published on March 16, 2004 by T O'Brien

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great looking DVD
Typical oater. Jimmy Stewart and Racquel Welch save it from being completely forgettable. Stewart and Dean Martin play brothers who fought on opposite sides of the civil war, but have both been damaged by the experience, and have a hard time staying on the straight and narrow. Martin's character rode with Quantrill (like the real-life James and Younger brothers), and...
Published on July 15, 2004 by David C. Read


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good western with excellent cast, March 16, 2004
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T O'Brien (Chicago, Il United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
Bandolero! is a very good western that never slows down from beginning to end. This may seem like your typical western but it is a step above the rest. After the Civil War, two brothers are reunited on opposite sides of the law. Mace pretends to be a hangman to save his brother and his gang for robbing a bank. After saving them from certain death, Mace and Dee race south with a posse close after them. Along the way, they take along a rich widow whose husband was killed in the attempted bank robbery. The posse follows the gang into Mexico and "territorio bandolero", bandit country. This is a very exciting western with plenty of action. Much of the movie was shot at John Wayne's Alamo Village in Brackettvile, Texas which is very notable in the final shootout. Very good western that is well worth a watch.
James Stewart and Dean Martin are very good together as Mace and Dee Bishop, who were on different sides in the Civil War, but now must work together. Raquel Welch plays rich widow, Maria Stoner, who is the love interest of several characters. Her Spanish accent is questionable, but who really cares? George Kennedy is also good as Sheriff July Johnson, the leader of the posse. The movie also stars Andrew Prine, Harry Carey JR, Rudy Diaz, Denver Pyle, and Dub Taylor. The DVD offers a great looking widescreen presentation, two theatrical trailers for Bandolero!, and five other trailers from Raquel Welch movies. For a very good western with a great cast and plenty of action, check out Bandolero!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great looking DVD, July 15, 2004
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Typical oater. Jimmy Stewart and Racquel Welch save it from being completely forgettable. Stewart and Dean Martin play brothers who fought on opposite sides of the civil war, but have both been damaged by the experience, and have a hard time staying on the straight and narrow. Martin's character rode with Quantrill (like the real-life James and Younger brothers), and now robs banks for a living, an outlaw with a heart of gold, at no time do we believe he's really a bad man.
But what a splendid looking DVD! The image quality is absolutely perfect. Looks like a movie filmed last year, not one filmed 36 years ago. Both the image and sound quality are way, way above average, what every DVD release should be but very few are. The image quality is better than what this movie really deserves.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Action Western from Andrew V. McLaglen, July 29, 2001
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This review is from: Bandolero [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This 1968 Western seems to have been greatly influenced by the �Spaghetti Western� enjoying great popularity in America at the time right down to Jerry Goldsmith�s score complete with a whistler rendering the main title theme. Director Andrew V. McLaglen must have given way to the wishes of the producers on these points. However influences of John Ford still remain in the casting of James Stewart, the Cinematography of William Clothier and McLaglen�s persistence on rambunctious comic direction thanks to Dean Martin and Sheriff George Kennedy�s cronies and if you can believe that James Stewart and Dean Martin are really brothers. Raquel Welch seems like the odd girl out in this film as the outlaw brothers� gang escapes across the Mexican border with Kennedy�s posse in pursuit. The opening scene is a classic and the over-the-top finale is quite good. This is one of Jerry Goldsmith�s best action-Western scores. This is an enjoyable film all around. The cast also includes Andrew Prine, Will Geer, Denver Pyle, Perry Lopez and veteran character actor Dub Taylor. This VHS tape is recorded in 2-channel stereo and sounds great.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed western, March 11, 2004
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R. Monteith (Marion, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
Just out on DVD, 20th Century-Fox's "Bandolero!" was originally released in June of 1968, most likely for the rural theatre and summer drive-in market. It's an unpretentious western, with a story not much better than the average episode of TV's "The Big Valley," but it's stylishly directed and its stars, Jimmy Stewart and Dean Martin, playing brothers, look as though they're having a good time. The disc is being marketed as a Raquel Welch picture, but the movie really belongs to Stewart and Martin. The DVD features a stunning 16X9 transfer of the original Panavision lensing, done by William Clothier. The print is so pristine it often looks as though it were shot yesterday. The movie is also helped by a marvelous score by Jerry Goldsmith, presented here in a fine Dolby Digital 2.0 remastering of the original 4-track stereo. I wish Fox had done the soundtrack one better by remastering it in the proper Dolby Digital 4.0, but the DVD sounds and looks so good as it is I really can't complain. One thing I can complain about is that on the disc's menu screen the picture that's supposed to be Dean Martin is actually Stuart Whitman! Who's the dummy at Fox responsible for that?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting western with some comedy, April 30, 2003
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T O'Brien (Chicago, Il United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bandolero [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Bandolero! is a very good western with a great cast and exciting action. Starring James Stewart and Dean Martin as Mace and Dee Bishop, it tells the story of these two outlaw brothers running from a sheriff and his posse into Mexico. The Bishop gang rides into Bandolero country, bandit country. Obviously, the posse must follow.
This cast is exceptional for a western. Besides Stewart and Martin, there is George Kennedy, Raquel Welch, Andrew Prine, Harry Carey, Rudy Diaz, Denver Pyle, and even Dub Taylor in one scene. Welch's Spanish accent drifts in and out, but she is still pretty good. Stewart and Martin are perfect as brothers reunited in southern Texas. Much of this movie was filmed at John Wayne's Alamo Village, which is most apparent in the final battle between the Bishops and the banditos. This movie is very exciting with good action and a catchy musical score. As pointed out by other reviews, this was obviously influenced by spaghetti westerns. The video isn't of the best quality, but still worthwhile. I hope this is put on DVD soon. Don't miss!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Campy but Fun Western, December 10, 2005
This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
How can a movie that has Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, and Raquel Welch be all bad? Well this one is actually very entertaining. Welch manages to look immaculate despite a harrowing ride through the desert. Stewart and Martin are fine as brothers who are bad guys but really not "bad" guys. George Kennedy does a fine turn as a sheriff who is pursuing them and is in love with Raquel's character.

The opening bank robbery scene is really gripping and the scenery and cinematography is excellent.

Not a classic but still a highly enjoyable western from the 60's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS?, May 6, 2004
This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
Sure, James Stewart and Dean Martin have been in better westerns, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE and RIO BRAVO, to name a few. Both of the aforementioned classics had John Wayne. The Duke isn't needed here in this great little romp and stomp and Jimmy and Dino had to have a blast playing the bad guys for a change. BANDOLERO! has some great scenes outside of Raquel Welch baking in the Mexican sun. It's well paced, anti-cliched, yet true to the formula Andrew V. McLaglen honed his craft on. Jerry Goldsmith delivers a haunting soundtrack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dour and downbeat but well-staged Western with emphasis on hanging and rape; an unusual mixture but smoothly assembled..., November 7, 2006
This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
In the sixties Stewart has shown no signs of losing interest in the Western, completing three for Andrew V. McLaglen--the emotional but dignified 'Shenandoah,' 'The Rare Breed,' and 'Bandolero!' He also joins his old colleague, Henry Fonda, for 'Firecreek' and made "The Cheyenne Social Club," under the direction of Gene Kelly...

Stewart embraced the Western relatively late in his career, but did so whole-heartedly and has earned special place in the history of the genre... He probably didn't expect McLaglen to inspire him to a character excessively theatrical, McLaglen's forte was action, and this he delivered in a professional, if hardly spectacular style... The entire tone of the picture, which co-stars Dean Martin as his outlaw younger brother and Raquel Welch, singularly out of place in a Western setting, is decided1y superficial...

Raquel Welch seems painfully ill at ease as the grieving widow of a man killed by fugitive outlaw brothers (Martin and Stewart) in a holdup... She comes across more as a camp-follower than as an outraged widow, who gradually falls in love with Martin... Her suit is aided by Stewart, who would like his younger brother to leave his life of crime and settle down to something more respectable

The plot piles on the Western clichés... It is the post-Civil War west; older brother Stewart fought in the Union Army, younger brother Martin in the Confederate ranks... Pretending to be a hangman (he has stolen the guy's getup on the road) Stewart rescues Martin from the scaffold... After they've held up a bank, intrepid sheriff George Kennedy chases Stewart and Martin to Mexico, with hostage Welch in tow... In a peculiar plot twist, the outlaws find themselves temporary allies with the sheriff when they are set upon by Mexican bandits...

McLaglen does keep the action moving, and Welch tries to be sexy in the style audiences had come to expect of her, but is suffocated under her frustrated widow character...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks Up there with the All-Time Best Westerns, April 14, 2006
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This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
James Stewart masquerades as a hangman in order to save his brother, Dean Martin, leader of the notorious Bishop Gang. They then flee to Mexico with beautiful hostage Raquel Welch. George Kennedy plays the lovelorn sheriff who pursues with a half-hearted posse.

Everything about this 1968 Western works! The first 45 minutes involves the capture, attemted hanging, and escape of the Bishop Gang, and it's simply one of the most memorable sequences in Western film history. Some people complain about Stewart and Martin as brothers but I've seen many brothers in real life that look more different than these two.

Even though Martin plays an outlaw he's portrayed in a highly likable, sympathetic manner. He's weary of the outlaw lifestyle and desperately wants out. Stewart and Welch offer him the way out by way of stolen money and true love respectively. They all dream of a new life in Montana. There's just two problems: Kennedy & his posse and wild Mexican bandits (bandeleros).

Although there are some fun elements, the film is essentially a serious Western adventure/drama. It potently explores themes of loyalty, temptation, pursuing and finding true love, the folly of the criminal path and dreams of a better life. Some complain that the ending is too downbeat, but I've always loved it. In fact, it wouldn't have been right for it to end any other way. [Spoiler Alert!] It powerfully supports the age-old notion that those who live by the sword (and stolen loot) WILL eventually die by the sword.

I must say that George Kenney is outstanding as the stolid Sheriff who has a puppy-love passion for Welch. She naturally finds him unexciting, however. As a hostage to the Bishop gang she slowly discovers true-love for the first time in her life (for Martin, of course).

The score by Jerry Goldsmith is outstanding. Jerry obviously borrowed the basic melody from Neal Hefti's magnificent composition for "Duel at Diablo," which was released two years earlier. Goldsmith took that basic melody and ingeniously created a completely different-sounding score. His composition has a fun Western vibe to it whereas Hefti's is ultra-dramatic. Both of these scores rank up there with the all-time best Western musical soundtracks, which include "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "How the West was Won," "MacKenna's Gold," "A Fistful of Dollars," "Rio Lobo," "Bonanza" and "The Magnificent Seven."

Too many Western films take place in Texas but were filmed elsewhere (like Arizona, etc.). "Bandelero!" by contrast, was actually filmed in Brackettville, Texas, not far from the Mexican border/Rio Grande; with some portions shot in Utah. These locations are fabulous.

"Bandelero!" is Western film-making of the highest order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mild Bunch, July 6, 2008
This review is from: Bandolero! (DVD)
An earlier band of bank robbing killers head to Mexico in this anti-heroic Western. But don't look for the operatic perversity of Leone or the nihilism of Peckinpah, just the expert craftsmanship of the underrated helmer Andrew V. McLaglen. The picture is very tightly edited and the shots are neatly framed and can be savored on this well restored DVD. The film's first section with Jimmy in a stovepipe hat is priceless. After that he steps back to play matchmaker to Dean and Raquel, although he does have one terrific bit where he freaks out with self-righteousness that is perfectly played. (And I'm not sure where else you can see him rob banks and shoot it out with the law.) George Kennedy is also very good as the stalwart lawman who carries an improbable torch for la Welch.
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