THE APPALOOSA
1966, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Sidney J. Furie

Marlon Brando stars as Matt Fletcher, a Mexican-American buffalo hunter at odds with ominous local bandit general Chuy Medina (John Saxon). It’s the last straw for Matt when Chuy steals his appaloosa horse, and he sets out for revenge - even if it means singlehandedly taking on all of Chuy’s ruthless gang in the process. Saxon received a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting turn.


ENTER THE DRAGON
1973, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Robert Clouse

Widely hailed as the legendary Bruce Lee’s finest film, ENTER THE DRAGON also helped break down the doors of American mainstream culture for the martial arts genre. Spectacular nonstop kung fu action as Lee and co-stars John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Bolo Yeung and Robert Wall compete in a deadly martial arts tournament on the island fortress of drug overlord Han (the deliciously evil Kien Shih). With memorable dialogue - "Boards don’t hit back!" - by screenwriter Michael Allin, and a killer score by Lalo Schifrin (TV’s "Mission Impossible").


JOE KIDD
1972, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood stars in this late Western by old master John Sturges (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), who brings his usual muscular style to the staging of some classic action sequences. Robert Duvall plays a wealthy land baron who hires bounty hunter Eastwood to track down a Mexican leader (John Saxon) fighting for reform. What seems like a simple job quickly becomes complicated for Eastwood as his allegiance starts to shift. Eastwood favorite Bruce Surtees brings his usual evocative touch to the imagery, while ace screenwriter Elmore Leonard provides the words.


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