Eastwood cuts down the Western machismo with irreverent humor and memorable one-liners. My favorite: "Dyin' ain't much of a livin' boy." I also love the brooding atmosphere and backdrop of post-Civil War America.
The intro sequence is fantastic, short and brutal. Then Eastwood shows what he learned working with Sergio Leone, the good use of wide framing, a similar sense of humour and the overpowering presence in the main character, but instead of the relentless macho-arrogance often found in Leone's work, the script also finds sensibility towards its characters and their situations.
Very entertaining western epic from director/star Clint Eastwood rises above the usual cliches of the genre with rich characters and an authentic Old West atmosphere. It has its flaws - it's slow in spots, with a meandering plot that goes on a bit too long - but at its strongest moments it truly is a western classic. Great spirited score by Jerry Fielding.
Dyin' ain't much of a livin'
A rebellious southern white man meets a rebellious Indian War chief in the post civil war 1800s U.S. both show mutual respect for one another based on eachs reputation. The white man, trying to save citizens of a nearby town from the wrath of the Indian tribe, explains that governments suck. They rob, kill, and cheat, but its citizens and its people who simply live by the land ... (cont)
Classic Clint Eastwood. I thought the beginning of the film was a little disorienting and could have been executed better, but the pacing and structure of the story was very well done. Another A for Mr. Eastwood.