I'm not going to be too mean about this movie because it only cost £1.99 on DVD and because it was such a bargain I knew at the time it wasn't going to be "Citizen Kane". The thing is though, I've spent £12.99 before on films like "Date Movie" and "Epic Movie" and not enjoyed either as much as I did this film, so pound for pound and minute for minute, the two pounds I spent on this film was much better spent than the £12 on either of those "Movie" films. It's almost a who's who of country stars and legends including Roy Clark and Mel Tillis in the leads, with Burl Ives and Glen Campbell as co-stars. No surprises then as to who sings the country and western title song. This is a comedy western set sometime circa 1916 in a sleepy Texas town. Clark and Tillis are two small-time con men and good ol' boys who lose all their money to a mysterious gambler (a scene-stealing uncredited performance by Burt Reynolds) and get thrown out of the local saloon for not paying their bill and then get mistaken for bank robbers which then leads in a long chase scene across the desert with a posse in pursuit. Acting is not the strong suit of most of those involved in this production, but like I said before, for a £1.99 title in the bargain basement bin, this comedy was actually quite amusing in places and did manage to hold my attention for the entire duration which is something that several other movies (including those named above) have failed to do. I award two marks out of ten just for the cameo by Burt Reynolds, another one mark for the sheer number of saloon girls in corsets on display which was good to look at - even the very voluptuous and plump Jacque Lynn Colton as 'Lucinda'. The other two marks out of ten are for the rest of the acting and story in general. It's not especially original, nor will writer/director Frank Q. Dobbs ever be up for an Oscar, but it's nowhere down near the other end of the scale. No razzies here folks, just your average garden-variety comedy western film. Westerns aren't my favourite genre, but I did quite enjoy this film. As I said in my one sentence summary above - I have seen a lot worse. If it came down to a choice of having a root canal or watching this film again, I would definitely give the dentist a miss and put the DVD on again. 5/10
Uphill All the Way
Uphill All the Way
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Two unemployed good ol' boys are mistaken for a pair of notorious bank robbers.
March 15, 2021