Reviewed byRighty-Sock (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 7/10/10
Brigitte Bardot went on to Hollywood but did not fare any better...'Shalako,' a British-produced Western directed by Edward Dmytryk,teamed her with Sean Connery and Stephen Boyd (her partner in 'TheNight Heaven Fell') in a smoldering relationship charged with tensionand passion...
The idea is cute and unbelievable: A party of European aristocrats areon a hunting safari in New Mexico in the 1880's... They are travelingwith full equipage including butlers, maids, fine linens and vintagewines...
When their safari is led upon an Apache reservation, the Indians becomeannoyed, and Countess Irina Lazaar (Brigitte Bardot) is attacked by asavage Apache... Shalako (Sean Connery), a scout for the U.S. Army,bravely attempts to save her and leads the aristocrats away fromimminent annihilation... With the Indians determined to attack, eachmember of the hunting party faces the greatest peril of their lives...
Edward Dmytryk seems to have attempted to recapture the freshness andessence of the 'B.B.' that Roger Vadim had helped to shape... But there-creation escapes him, despite the careful choice of Louis L'Amour'snovel and the casting of international stars as Jack Hawkins ('Lawrenceof Arabia'), Peter Van Eyck ('The Longest Day'), Honor Blackman('Goldfinger'), Woody Strode ('Spartacus'), and Valerie French('Jubal').
The film never becomes exciting despite incidental brutalities...
Reviewed byjcalbertaVote: 7/10/10
The caste alone is worth the admission: Connery, Bardot, Hawkins,StevenBoyd, Eric Sykes, Honor Blackman, Woody Strode, others ... MostlyEuropean (actors) - strange for a Western - but not unrealistic to thetimes. Hawkins and Boyd - both recently out of starring in Ben Hur. Acoterie of fine acting talent and charismatic screen artists. Proves mytheory as to why Western Film will never die: Every Actor and everyDirector want to make a Western at some point. Connery and Bardot havesome nice interplay in sharing the bulk of the screen time. Meanwhilehere's some decent action here in what is a pretty well a straight upWestern adventure tale. Possibly a Western that will enjoy greaterappreciation with time.
Reviewed byTheo RobertsonVote: 6/10/10
SHALAKO is a movie that often appears in peoples least favouritewestern lists and looking at this page many people have said how muchthey dislike it but as someone who doesn't like the genre all that muchI can't say it's all that bad First of all the premise is fairly simplewithout being threadbare which while not being a guarantee you'll bewatching a great movie is often a guarantee you won't be watching anawful one: A bunch of European toffs on a hunting trip arrogantlywander into an Indian reservation and after being warned to leave byformer army scout Shalako decide to ignore his expert advice whichleads to some nasty consequences .
It's not a great story but it does allow for some character conflictand some serious violence . It might seem tame today but this movie wasproduced in 1968 when audiences were still being treated to war filmswhere when people were shot they give a pained expression , clutchedtheir wound and slowly sank to the ground like a dying swan . Thesomewhat sadistic violence is probably the main talking point ofSHALAKO especially the scene with the sand and the necklace , you'llknow the scene when you see it
Yeah it's flawed film . One point is the many accents used which makesit rather difficult to understand the dialoguein some scenes whichprobably annoyed an American audience while many of the charactersremain somewhat underwritten , I kept forgetting senator Henry Clarkewas in the story until he appeared on screen in an infrequent manner .As for the casting Eric Sykes seems to be doing his comedy routinewhile Apache chiefs shouldn't be played by African Americans
But all in all SHALAKO isn't as bad as some people would have youbelieve
Shalako, the hunter and tracker, has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising.