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Movie : Valdez Is Coming

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Locals are out in full force taking shots at a man who is holed up in a cabin. It’s like a country picnic. Shooting gallery.  A fun time for the townsfolk.  An older man shows up on a wagon. He’s the local law, Bob Valdez. A quiet Mexican/American who gets filled in on what’s going on. The man in the cabin is accused of murder by a wealthy rancher. Bob puts on his badge and heads down to talk to the man. Things go wrong and the accused murderer is killed by Bob. In the end it was a case of mistaken identity. Valdez feeling guilty and bad on how things worked out tries to collect $200 from the rancher to give the dead man’s Apache wife. This request is met with deaf ears and absolutely no empathy. Valdez tries a second time to collect and gets a beating for his troubles by the ranchers men. Bob decides to fight fire with fire and collect the two hundred dollars.. He breaks out his old army uniform and weapons and sends a message to the rancher, “Valdez is coming”.

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Sitting in a Saturday afternoon matinee, CB was ready for this one and he got what he wanted. A Western, great locations, solid story, lots of really good characters and Burt Lancaster as a Mexican, What? Yeah and it worked for me. Edwin Sherin directs the film and takes a great story by Elmore Leonard (never hurts) and places us right in the middle of it. You feel you’re there. Always a good sign for CB. The cinematography captures the setting. Solid performances by so many. Richard Jordan (one of those real good 70’s bad guys), Frank Silvera, Susan Clark, John Cypher, Barton Heyman .

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But the film is Lancaster’s (even playing a Mexican). He has the weight and chops to play an old soldier doing it one last time. He has a tired, quiet essence that changes when he seeks justice. Not over the top, just getting the job done and doing the right thing. I bought his work.

Lots that works for me in the film. A real good duster with lots of action, bad guys and an old guy who want to collect “200 dollars” (you have to say it with a Mexican accent). Valdez is coming and that’s not a good thing if you’ve done a bad thing.

 

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23 comments on “Movie : Valdez Is Coming

  1. hotfox63
    July 14, 2019

    Never saw that movie, but I’ve read the book by Elmore Leonard a long time ago. The story is interesting and compares nicely to a modern day Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 14, 2019

      Elmore’s westerns are worth the reads. A few have been turned into films.

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      • hotfox63
        July 15, 2019

        As a Swiss German is my native language German (as you probably know), but sometimes I like to read books in english. I started reading some of Elmore Leonard’s crime novels years ago and found them to be easy reading, fast-paced entertainment. “Valdez Is Coming” is only western I’ve read from him.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 15, 2019

        I’ve read most of his books. They flow and his dialogue is so natural. He has an ear for how certain people he is familiar with speak. Fox, his westerns are all worth looking for. I’ve read them at least twice and will go back for a third time. Like listening and revisiting a good record. Bottom line, he tells a good story. Plus the characters seem real and natural.

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      • hotfox63
        July 15, 2019

        Thanks CB. I’m hoping to read more by Elmore Leonard. His books are simple, straightforward and interesting.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 15, 2019

        One other thing Fox, he always has great female characters. Not just filler. Plus there’s never really any god guys or gals just some are worse than the rest.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    July 14, 2019

    Another one for me to look for. CB, there’s a lot of movies that I should have seen, but haven’t. My bad!

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  3. Jim S.
    July 14, 2019

    Another one to add to the pile. I have a different one in mind to watch soon based on that top ten you did a short while back.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 14, 2019

      Curious to hear what one. The Gal wants to watch Chinatown, i can’t argue with that. Valdez is good. If you’re feeling like a western it fits the bill.

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      • Jim S.
        July 14, 2019

        Has she seen it?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 15, 2019

        Yes she’s seen it a couple times but it’s a great summer flick and she wants to watch it again. She’s loves her noir/mystery fix. She still trying to figure out the mystery of CB.

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      • Jim S.
        July 15, 2019

        Not enough hours in the day.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 15, 2019

        No kidding. I’ll get to your post later. Want to give a few of those tunes a good listen. I really like the Mississippi guys.

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      • Jim S.
        July 15, 2019

        They do not suck. I dig the piano guy too. Love me some barrelhouse.

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  4. J.
    July 15, 2019

    Never seen this, though I am aware of it. I’ll be honest, I was put off it by Mexican Burt… but if you say it works I’m in. Also, I wasn’t aware it was from the pen of Elmore Leonard, so that’s also good to know.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 15, 2019

      It works for me J. Burt keeps it pretty subtle. He is committed to helping the woman and so focused that you tag along with him. I believe him. Good simple story by Elmore. Worth a watch in my book. Lots of that western stuff you like.

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      • J.
        July 15, 2019

        Excellent. I’m definitely gonna look for this one.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 15, 2019

        Oh yeah. I really like it plus there’s some good bad guys that you want Valdez to take care of. And he does.

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  5. Thom Hickey
    July 20, 2019

    Yup.. You pretty much can never go wro G with Burt.

    Thom

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  6. BuriedOnMars
    July 26, 2019

    I love Elmore Leonard. I just finished devouring a couple of his crime novels this month. I had no idea there is a movie adaptation of Valdez. This kind of info is why I visit here frequently.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 26, 2019

      I already commented on how much i like Elmore’s westerns. Not your usual duster outings. He’s such a good writer. People that adapt his stories don’t always hit the mark. This one did. Quite a few other good adaptations of his novels kicking around.
      Same reason I tune into other people sites. Pick up all sorts of good stuff.

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