Review: ‘The Culpepper Cattle Co.’

The Culpepper Cattle Co. is an unsuccessful attempt to mount a poetic and stylistic ballet of death in the environment of a period western. Gary Grimes is featured as a teenager who matures in the course of a hard, violent and bloody cattle drive.

The Culpepper Cattle Co. is an unsuccessful attempt to mount a poetic and stylistic ballet of death in the environment of a period western. Gary Grimes is featured as a teenager who matures in the course of a hard, violent and bloody cattle drive.

Director Dick Richards’ story has been scripted into a pallid, stilted plot, where the characters mutter and grunt empty aphorisms. Clearly, we have here one of those ‘important-statement-on-the-human-condition’ rationalizations for a gruesome series of blood-lettings.

Billy ‘Green’ Bush plays Culpepper, hard-bitten range boss who takes on Grimes, whose likeable, easy-going and natural manner come across as the only effective performance. Everyone else is saddled with limp dialog and unrestrained posturing. Lots of people are killed.

The Culpepper Cattle Co.

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Dick Richards; Producer Paul A. Helmick; Screenplay Eric Bercovici, Gregory Prentiss; Camera Lawrence Edward Williams, Ralph Woolsey; Editor John F. Burnett; Music Tom Scott, Jerry Goldsmith;; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Carl Anderson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Gary Grimes Billy 'Green' Bush Luke Askew Bo Hopkins Geoffrey Lewis Wayne Sutherlin
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading