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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.
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on January 15, 2015
Sorry, Clint Eastwood, but this low-budget oater from 20th Century Fox's Regal subsidiary is far from "the lousiest western ever made." In fact, it's a decent little western with interesting (if stock) characters that builds to a suspenseful, well-directed conclusion. Scott Brady is a solid, stoic lesder of a small band of cavalry survivors and a few other assorted settlers (Eastwood among them, in his first western outing, as a young Georgia hothead who can't put the Civil War behind him). The Apaches want the dozens of repeater rifles our cavalry guys saved from a raid that decimated Brady's squadron. When their horses are scared off by the Indians, there's no alternative to a 100-mile-plus hike across the desert to a secure Army fort--a nice setup for tense movement through well-photographed scenery. Some reviewers complained about the movie's slow pace, but seemed to me that it moved along crisply, propelled by the inevitable conflicts the characters experience. Eastwood displays strong hints of the charismatic actor he became. The weakest cast member is Margia Dean, as a fetching señorita the Apaches literally toss into the mix. She looks good, but is visibly too old for the role (which is poorly written anyway). I'll give her credit, though, for making sure that peasant blouse exposes one shoulder throughout the trek. I loved the movie's abrupt, clean end. It made its point and moved on. Loved the sound work too, especially during the climatic ambush when the tables are turned on the Apaches.
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on June 7, 2016
ANOTHER GREAT SCRIPT AND PROTRAYAL OF THE WEST AND OUR HISTORY.
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on August 15, 2016
This isn't the lousiest western ever made as Clint Eastwood called it. I have seen much worse. However it may be the lousiest western in which Clnt Eastwood ever appeared. No matter how much I tried to enjoy the movie, it just isn't very good. The group, including Eastwood, which is attempting to escape the Apaches is made up of Yankee and Rebel civil war veterans. It is amazing that they survived the war.

SPOILERS:
They lose their horses by rushing to a distraction, allowing the Indians to take the horses and the one man left on guard. During one Indian attack they all face the same direction allowing an Indian to come up behind them. The Indians have offered to trade the captured horses for rifles and some in the group want to do this. However their scout found that the Indians killed the horses but the group is not informed so some of them keep plotting to trade the rifles for the horses. There is no explanation as to why the Indians would kill the horses. Horses were one of the main things Indians tried to capture on raids. Ad infinitum.
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on January 4, 2017
Bonjour à vous, et merci.bonne et heureuse année à tous. A bientôt peut être
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on April 4, 2017
Great movie - another classic Clint
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on September 4, 2015
Is a good western film with s great cast and good story. i would recommend it to all westen film fans.
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on July 24, 2016
interesting older cowboy movie
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on September 15, 2015
Good movie, but grew tired of seeing line of horses and riders time after time.
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on May 18, 2016
Great old western
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