Review: ‘Chato’s Land’

British producer-director Michael Winner in his second western takes a hard look at the early American West and comes up with a violence-drenched meller.

British producer-director Michael Winner in his second western takes a hard look at the early American West and comes up with a violence-drenched meller.

Writer Gerald Wilson, adopting and-then-there-were-none theme, plots an Apache half-breed relentlessly pursued by a ragtag white posse headed by an ex-Confederate officer after the Indian has killed a white sheriff. Charles Bronson portrays the Apache – Chato – and Jack Palance the posse leader.

Action too often slows during an overage of dialog between posse members and an apparent attempt to build characterization defeats its purpose as bickering among posse detracts from the real objective of story. Narrative is fleshed out when the Indian reverts to a savage vengeful warrior after a few members of posse rape his squaw and the roles of hunter and hunted are reversed.

Chato's Land

UK

Production

Scimitar. Director Michael Winner; Producer Michael Winner; Screenplay Gerald Wilson; Camera Robert Paynter; Editor Freddie Wilson; Music Jerry Fielding;; Art Director Manolo Mampaso

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Charles Bronson Jack Palance Richard Basehart James Whitmore Simon Oakland Ralph Waite

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