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Favorite classic western film?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2 (14.3%)
A Fistful of Dollars
1 (7.1%)
For a Few Dollars More
0 (0%)
Unforgiven
5 (35.7%)
Once Upon A Time In The West
0 (0%)
The Magnificent Seven
0 (0%)
The Searchers
1 (7.1%)
The Outlaw Josey Wales
1 (7.1%)
High Noon
0 (0%)
3:10 to Yuma (original)
0 (0%)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
0 (0%)
Shane
0 (0%)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
0 (0%)
Pale Rider
0 (0%)
True Grit (original)
1 (7.1%)
The Wild Bunch
1 (7.1%)
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
0 (0%)
Red River
0 (0%)
Rio Bravo
0 (0%)
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
0 (0%)
Django (1966)
0 (0%)
other (name in the commnet)
2 (14.3%)

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Offline WildRanger

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Favorite classic western film?
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:04:41 AM »
Which one is your fave?

Wild Bunch for me.

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 10:13:29 AM »
I never liked early westerns.  Not sure why.  Just never connected with the genre.  I liked the take on the genre that was done in the late '80s and early '90s with films like the Young Guns movies and Tombstone, for example.  Tombstone is probably my favorite, and is one of my favorite films of all time.
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 10:52:34 AM »
Voted for Unforgiven, since I just re-watched that last month for the first time since I originally saw it in the 90's. 

Tombstone will also always be my favorite western.  In the early 2000's, my family took a trip out west to Vegas & Arizona.  We stayed at my mom's boss' winter home in Tucson, with plans to visit the city of Tombstone.  The night before we went to Tombstone, we were walking through a mall and saw the dvd of the film.  We bought it and watched the movie that night, and then went to old Tombstone the next day to see the actual OK Corral and get the real story.  The movie was incredible anyways, but is extra special to me for having that connection to a family trip and seeing the real city the very next day.

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 10:55:26 AM »
I'm not a fan of westerns, so I'm probably not the right guy to post or vote.

That said, I voted for Unforgiven but it was a close call with The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. I think those are two of the only one's I've seen too.
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 11:03:21 AM »
Somehow, I never saw The Unforgiven.  I need to.
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 11:06:13 AM »
Somehow, I never saw The Unforgiven.  I need to.

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 11:23:23 AM »
Unforgiven for me as well. Although, if I'm channel surfing (who does that anymore) and I see The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I'll stop and watch it every time.

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 12:26:38 PM »
I love unforgiving but right now that western I can't stop watching every time it's on TV is Open Range.


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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2018, 12:36:45 PM »
The Good The Bad and the Ugly is one of my favorite movies of any genre. I wanted my walk-up music during my wedding to be The Ecstasy of Gold. If the poll was for the best, I would have voted for Unforgiven.

Like other people here have said I am also not a big fan of the traditional 40s-50s westerns. I don't think I've ever seen a John Wayne western all the way through.

My personal story for The Good the Bad and the Ugly.. I was in jail for a brief stint in my youth. It was work release so the rules were more lax than normal. They let us choose which channel we wanted to watch on the TV, so there were expected disagreements and as such there were never more than 1/3 the inmates in the TV room at any given time. One day someone was flipping channels and The Good the Bad and the Ugly was on, so they stopped there. I swear within 10 minutes the entire floor was in the room, cheering and loving every second of it. Of all the things on TV to bring such a diverse group of dudes together, it was this low budget "spaghetti western" from the 60s.
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2018, 12:48:49 PM »
Kind of cheating for me to vote since I've only seen one of those, but I really like the original True Grit (as well as the newer one).
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2018, 04:55:31 PM »
A Fistful of Dollars.

The Dollar Trilogy is a masterpiece - Sergio Leone has truly changed the grammar of moviemaking and revolutionised the use of music inside narration -  and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is its zenith in many regards, yet the first act has an unique irresistable edge.
It even wins the musical challenge, although Morricone's three scores are overall stellar. 

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2018, 06:06:10 PM »
Somehow, I never saw The Unforgiven.  I need to.

Oh its great.

When I first saw it I was hoping (expecting?) more action, more gun play, a faster pace. (also, oddly? saw it on a date). I walked out feeling disappointed. When I saw it again years later, I saw it for what it was, and loved it immensely. I am glad Clint got recognized for his efforts on it with all the accolades it received. 
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2018, 06:14:34 PM »
See, I love slow movies. I love movies that are more focused on character than faced paced story telling. Of course I also like my Marvel movies, so Unforgiving was immediately great to me.

So was TGTBATU. The slow tension in that movie is outstanding.
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2018, 06:21:03 PM »
The pacing of Unforgiven was definitely hard for 16 year old me to grasp.

And who else but Leone would have a scene at the climax of your film where someone spends 3 minutes looking for a particular tombstone, and follow it with 4 minutes of three guys getting in position for a shootout. Just typing that out makes it sound crazy.

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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2018, 06:30:18 PM »
The pacing of Unforgiven was definitely hard for 16 year old me to grasp.

And who else but Leone would have a scene at the climax of your film where someone spends 3 minutes looking for a particular tombstone, and follow it with 4 minutes of three guys getting in position for a shootout. Just typing that out makes it sound crazy.

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2018, 05:31:16 PM »
Once upon a time in the west is my favorite. A nice slow burn, very intricate plot and a Leone classic.
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2018, 06:39:10 PM »
Damn, no High Plains Drifter? That'd easily be my favorite.
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2018, 01:32:21 AM »
Just watched Unforgiven. A really somber slowburn of a film, but really excellent.

And I know its kind of a goof, but man do I love The quick and the dead
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2018, 02:15:42 AM »
I voted for Unforgiven. King mentioned Open Range, and I really enjoy that one as well.

Other than that, I've never been much of a fan of westerns, but I'm a huge fan of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and those movies are greatly dependent on the the Sergio movies with Clint Eastwood, so I've gained a certain amount of appreciation for them over the years.
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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2018, 12:00:43 PM »
Just watched Unforgiven. A really somber slowburn of a film, but really excellent.

And I know its kind of a goof, but man do I love The quick and the dead

I love TQATD too. Stylistically amazing.

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Re: Favorite classic western film?
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2018, 12:19:07 PM »
I can't believe that no one (including myself) has mentioned the grand-daddies of all spaghetti westerns!

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« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2018, 12:52:19 PM »
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2018, 04:43:59 PM »
I'm not a fan of most Hollywood westerns, at least the old ones. When I do watch one it's most likely going to be a Spaghetti Western. I Picked The Good the Bad and the Ugly but really any of those 3. Django is also one of my favorites and I just pre-ordered the new special edition by Arrow video.

Also I'm going to give an Honorable mention to the Sartana series. They are damn fun.