I was really torn about rating this film. In some ways it is so cheesy and commercial, too much of a crowd-pleaser not to trigger my inner (and outer) snob, but ultimately I have to admit that despite the horrifying fact that this is a film everyone can love, I love it too. Now I feel like I need to go to a filmaholics anonymous meeting "My name is Biff, and I'm addicted to cinema". (Except I don't want to quit!)
conrad hall's cinematography just flows way above the movie offering moments of sheer beauty (monochrome prologue + nature close-ups with grass blades + lense flares + intentional mistakes + artificial angles + "washed-out" drenched 70s look) / unimpressive western script - the escape scene is endless (nice theme of an everlasting anonymous posse though)
One hell of a comedy/western, where the main characters are not (just) super thought but mostly super fun. It has something from But Spencer and Terence Hill, but is still a western that you take serious. It's the perfect mixture and it's good entertainment, but don't expect a masterpiece.
I eventually liked this movie & watched it several times. But what was disturbing me all the times was the eternal back & forth between western/action & comedy/farce. I would have preferred a "100%- classical-western-content" instead. A pity. Great actors including Katharine Ross. Unforgettable the "last shooting" scene. 3,5 stars. (I am wondering, what Sam Peckinpah would have made of it).
Hardly resembling a Western, this film belongs to a genre of its own, the Newman-Redford. The chemistry between the two co-stars is so natural and captivating that it eclipses any flaw or misrepresentation. G R Hill fills the blanks with originality, iconic sequences & a brilliant soundtrack. The film flows leisurely without rambling keeping the attention of the viewer effortlessly. Likeable & sweet Not-so-Wild West.
A fantastic film, Redford and Newman portray extremely likeable characters and deliver wonderful performances. A gritty western that is also extremely fun and light hearted. Might not be directed quite as well as some of Leone's greatest westerns, but an outstanding film nonetheless and a favorite of mine.