Decent formula Western.
I'm surprised that the rating for FGW is only 4.3, as I thought it
compared reasonably well with other Westerns of the period.The implausibility of five villains being pardoned and then being
trusted to fulfil their undertaking to capture the absconding traitor
and gold and return both to the Confederacy has already been remarked
on. Getting the date wrong (the officer mentioning "1867" when the
Civil War is still being fought) was astonishing. And the villains
don't look that villainous, despi...
"You're gonna die lookin' like a brave man."
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Not at all bad, though the villains didn't look too villainous
I couldn't get over seeing Roger Corman's name in the opening credits
as both producer and director of "Five Guns West", out the same year as
another low budget flick that marked the beginning of his career -
"Swamp Women". Oddly, both films featured a young Mike Connors in a
lead role, but credited in each as 'Touch' Connors. In this picture,
he's one of five outlaws pardoned by the Confederacy in exchange for
undertaking a special assignment on behalf of the Southern cause. The
entire plot be...
Considering its minuscule budget, it's not so bad.
As I watched this Roger Corman production, I could see that westerns
were not his forte. While this is a very good film considering it's
tiny budget, it's really not that great a film. However, for
cinemaniacs like myself, it's still well worth seeing to see what
Corman could do with only $60,000. And, in light of the money spent,
it's a decent picture. How did he manage to do it with so little money?
You get a couple B-list stars (John Lund and Dorothy Malone) and a
bunch of unknowns (includin...
Alright, Nothing Special
Five criminals, some smarter than others, are pardoned by the
Confederacy in order to rob a stagecoach of Union cash and capture a
Confederate traitor. The five make their way to the rendezvous, where
some of them menace a young woman and her elderly uncle, leading to
in-fighting and the eventual battle with the US Army.It's surprising to discover that the directorial debut of Roger Corman
is not only a western, but is in color as well, with good photography
by Floyd Crosby and some decent outd...
Not so great, but I've seen worse
This was a fairly typical "formula" western. Since I grew up on this
sort of western, I rather enjoyed it. One must concede that it could
never have been considered a contender for any sort of award, but it
was entertaining enough to keep me watching until it was over (of
course, most any movie can do that LOL).Actually, I really enjoy the old western movies -- I don't even mind
the corny ones. I believe that one must remember that these movies were
made for entertainment (and mostly entertainm...
A group of five condemned confederates are sent west to find a
stagecoach carrying a southern spy and $30,000 in confederate gold. The
highpoint comes when they reach the stage coach station to await the
arrival of the targeted stagecoach. Working there in the isolated
station are Dorothy Malone and her alcoholic uncle. The interesting
interaction between her, her uncle and the five men isn't half bad,
with much of the attention sharply focused on the men and Malone, the
highpoint being an inte...
A bunch of ¨Death Row¨ Confederate inmates are assigned a deadly mission into Northern territory
During the Civil War, five condemned Southern prisoners conscripted
already destined for death row are freed to execute a risked mission .
The desperate outlaws are drafted to go on a near-suicide aim and
attempt to capture a traitor throughout Indian territory . They must
carry out the objective in several days with the understanding that if
the Confederate don't murder them, the Union Army won't, either . The
ambitious confederates commanded by Sturges (John Lund) , join forces
to rob a lot o...
five ex convicts,an old man, a woman and a good western.
Five guns west is a western made with a low budget, but with surprising
results. It tells the story of five prisoners which are released on the
condition that they will go on a mission for the confederates. There
was a similar story in 'Only The Valiant'(1951) and later on 'The Dirty
Dozen'(1967). I wonder who came out first with this idea, it proved to
be a great source for films. There is no glamor here, no handsome hero,
the handsome guy (Mike Connors) is really a crook and the leader is
A Dirty Dozen prototype out West
This was Roger Corman's directorial debut and was a good indication of his
ability to produce a brisk formula movie although it is also clear that the
Western was not his real forte and that it was not until he turned to
more suited to the youth exploitation market that he really found his
niche.It is not without significance that in The Variety Book of Movie
neither Joe Dante or Martin Scorsese who contribute "Best of Roger Corman"
lists mention any of his Westerns .
The movie un...