NAVAJO JOE (1966)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Staring: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Fernando Rey,
Viewed on Amazon Prime
This is a remarkable spaghetti western starring Burt Reynolds. For those not familiar, Sergio Corbucci also directed The Great Silence, which is another killer western.
I’ve seen the movie poster for Navajo Joe around forever, but for some reason just never had any interest in watching it. Imagine trying to make a movie with this title today!!
The story is that of a Native American (played by Burt Reynolds) who is named.. duh… Joe. I know this entire premise sounds like it won’t work, but it does. Apparently Burt Reynolds was actually part Cherokee Indian. His part in this was originally supposed to be played by Marlon Brando (now that would NOT have worked).
This is hands down in my opinion Burt’s role of a lifetime. Burt however was super embarrassed by the film and always told people it was the kind of movie that was shown in prisons and on airplanes, “places where people couldn’t leave”. He stated it was made by the wrong Sergio.
Joe’s tribe have been wiped out by a large gang of criminals lead by the infamous and ruthless Duncan. His woman is murdered and scalped by Duncan. This is a revenge movie in which Joe just starts picking off each and everyone in the band of murderers. The plot involves a Wells Fargo train filled with half a million dollars and a town filled with innocent god fearing cowards. The ending is awesome and brutal as hell. Things are super action packed with tons of fight scenes, with shoot outs on horses and trains. Remember Burt started off as a stunt man, so he coordinated and did many and most of his own stunts.
Like many spaghetti westerns it is entirely filmed in the desert mountains of Spain.
All great films in this genre must have a great theme song. This music and song are bad ass and were later reused in Kill Bill by Quentin Terentino.
Pretty awesome transfer on Prime. (NW)
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