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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, off-beat western comedy with John Astin
Quirky western comedy starring John Astin (Gomez from the Addams Family TV series) in a dual role, as Michael O'Toole, sophisticated eastern con man; and as "Desperate" Ambrose, a seedy western bandito. O'Toole finds himself in a dilapidated mining town in western Colorado, named "Molybdenum"; but the residents can't pronounce it, so they call the town "Molly-Be-Damn"...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing release
While the movie itself is a very entertaining John Astin vehicle, the DVD is terribly disappointing. It's completely unrestored with severe film scratches, sparkles and audio pops throughout.
And to add insult to injury, there is a rather large, dark and distracting watermark in the lower right corner of the screen.
If you're looking for a high quality release...
Published on January 11, 2008 by Heebie


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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing release, January 11, 2008
This review is from: Brothers O'Toole (DVD)
While the movie itself is a very entertaining John Astin vehicle, the DVD is terribly disappointing. It's completely unrestored with severe film scratches, sparkles and audio pops throughout.
And to add insult to injury, there is a rather large, dark and distracting watermark in the lower right corner of the screen.
If you're looking for a high quality release of this film, look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't get your hopes up, April 21, 2010
This review is from: Brothers O'Toole (DVD)
A generous 3 stars.

I've seen so many films after four decades of viewing that I'm trolling around trying to find unknown classics.
Caught a minnow this time.

Astin can be very funny and is the only real highlight here, but the script is so ham-handed it doesn't give him much to work with. The occasional funny line shines here and there, but the trope of satirizing westerns has been done so well elsewhere that it needs to be great to really carry one's interest, and Brothers O'Toole is almost never great. Good-hearted, yes, but that's about it.

It's the kind of film you were delighted to find at 3 am on your local tv channel in 1977, but it's now 2010 and we have literally tens of thousands of movies to choose from on tv, online, and at the vid store. In that light, it's hard to recommend watching this until one has seen maybe 500 other westerns. It's too slapstick and not quite as smart as it wants to be; one gets the feeling that half the cast and crew were in some way inebriated during the production, and it all feels like a sort of hippie-made western that never really comes off.

By the way, my tv analogy is no fluke: this print is from a tv airing! The print is fair, the transfer likewise...but get this: at various moments throughout, there's a TCM logo on the bottom right (Turner Classic Movies, probably). Yes, they made this dvd from a tv copy. I don't think I've ever seen that before. Yet somehow it's perfect, as that's what this feels like: a barely decent tv movie. Still, how did this get pressed for public consumption?! And also btw, the dvd is the barest bones ever, with one option: PLAY.

We got quite bored before it was halfway through, and laudable brevity is one of the best things about this movie. But unless you love Astin, and even then have seen most of his other films, I'd put this one near the bottom of your list.

Many and maybe most forgotten films were forgotten for a reason. Brothers O'Toole is certainly one of them. Not terrible, but neither is it very good. It's kinda like the Scooby-Doo of westerns: vaguely funny for the irony but after 30 minutes it's time to go mow the lawn.

Or at least change the channel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, off-beat western comedy with John Astin, September 28, 2005
This review is from: Brothers O'Toole [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Quirky western comedy starring John Astin (Gomez from the Addams Family TV series) in a dual role, as Michael O'Toole, sophisticated eastern con man; and as "Desperate" Ambrose, a seedy western bandito. O'Toole finds himself in a dilapidated mining town in western Colorado, named "Molybdenum"; but the residents can't pronounce it, so they call the town "Molly-Be-Damn". O'Toole is mistaken for Ambrose and arrested, but is acquitted at trial before a weary and confused circuit judge. When O'Toole tries to open a casino with stored gambling equipment, the mayor tries to sabotage opening day by hosting a "Belchin, Cussin, and Spittin Contest". Michael's brother Timothy enters the contest and draws the wrath of Michael, who lets loose a memorable speech that wins the cussin contest although it contains no cussing. If you like John Astin, and off-beat comedies, you will enjoy this movie. It's one of my favorite western comedies, and one that seems to have slipped under the radar for most people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I like it, March 25, 2014
This review is from: Brothers O'Toole (Amazon Instant Video)
Probably not a highly rated film but they told their story in a humorous way. Once it got going it had a good pace and kept the interest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good, April 4, 2013
This review is from: Brothers O'Toole (Amazon Instant Video)
Cheaply made, poorly written, wreaks of a mid 70's tv sitcom. Not Good, not even campy good or cult good...pass!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good time killing Comedy Western, March 31, 2013
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This sat in my queue forever. I finally got to watch it all the way through. Funny in parts, but not something I would watch again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Over acted, under plotted., November 4, 2014
It is what you would expect from a movie where the main character is played by the same guy who is Gomez Adams in the Adams Family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It seemed like something put together by a bunch of kids, July 23, 2014
A silly spoof on westerns. Easier to take than Blazing saddles. It seemed like something put together by a bunch of kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 24, 2014
This review is from: Brothers O'Toole (Amazon Instant Video)
This was a fun movie. A family movie .
I really enjoyed watching it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light and funny, November 14, 2014
Funny and a little slapstick. Not an epic, but fun to watch.
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