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 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)


I realize this is slightly off topic and that there are probably not a lot of movies that qualify, but titles of interest would have plots set within decade or so of the time they were filmed during this period.

Such as “Inferno” (1953), “Giant” (1954), “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1957), "Misfits" (1961), “Lonely Are the Brave” (1962), “Hud” (1963), “J.W. Coop” (1972), “Junior Bonner” (1972), “Westworld” (1973).

Color or b/w is immaterial.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

You could add COWBOY (1958), THE ROUNDERS (1965), and THE HONKERS (1972).

Then depending on how strict you are about your stated parameters, there are two worthwhile 1978 releases: COMES A HORSEMAN is set in 1945 and so takes place longer than a decade earlier, but you might appreciate it. Then Sam Peckinpah's CONVOY is kind of a Western with rebellious truckers on 1970s Southwestern desert highways, in place of cowboys on horses.

(This probably should have been posted in the Non-Film Score Discussion section, and so might get moved.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm not sure if you are concerned about the film scores for these contemporary westerns. If you are, I'd recommend Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat. Horrid film, but it has a spectacular film score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Larry847   (Member)

Cowboy was not a contemporary. It is set in the old west.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

I apologize over COWBOY. I thought it applied here from my having read only a one-line description years ago, but I've never watched it (since I don't care for Jack Lemmon or Glenn Ford).

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I apologize over COWBOY. I thought it applied here from my having read only a one-line description years ago, but I've never watched it (since I don't care for Jack Lemmon or Glenn Ford).

But it is an excellent film.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   Valiant65   (Member)

Pocket Money (1972) starred Paul Newman & Lee Marvin as two cowboys trying to get cattle up from Mexico to Arizona as part of a shady plot by crooked ranchers Wayne Rogers & Strother Martin. Screenplay by Terence Malick. Score by Alex North.

Coogan's Bluff (1968) needs little explanation. Clint Eastwood plays an Arizonan lawman sent to New York City to extradite a killer. Score by Lalo Schifrin.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2020 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   zitboy   (Member)

Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Deadlock (1970)
Cane arrabbiato (1984)

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2020 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Pretty much all of the rodeo films mentioned in this thread:

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=57373&forumID=7&archive=0

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2020 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

The Hi-Lo Country takes place in the 1940s just after WW2; excellent score by Carter Burwell.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)

You could add COWBOY (1958), THE ROUNDERS (1965), and THE HONKERS (1972).

Then depending on how strict you are about your stated parameters, there are two worthwhile 1978 releases: COMES A HORSEMAN is set in 1945 and so takes place longer than a decade earlier, but you might appreciate it. Then Sam Peckinpah's CONVOY is kind of a Western with rebellious truckers on 1970s Southwestern desert highways, in place of cowboys on horses.

(This probably should have been posted in the Non-Film Score Discussion section, and so might get moved.)
I’ve been forever collecting soundtracks so FSM has long been the place for me. I would have posted this thread in that Non-Film Score Discussion section if I hadn’t missed seeing it,

Btw, I didn’t include Western TV shows for several reasons. If I did then tops on my list would be Stoney Burke, again for several reasons.

“Convoy”, perhaps but probably way too much engine, air pollution noise and flaring tempers. Thanks for recommending “Honkers”. I see that Steve Ihnat wrote and directed it”; a shame his brief life left no time to do more like this well received movie promises to be. I’ll check it out. “Comes a Horseman” may work for me too.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)

I'm not sure if you are concerned about the film scores for these contemporary westerns. If you are, I'd recommend Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat. Horrid film, but it has a spectacular film score. As the lead once described himself as “perhaps the greatest actor of my generation”, horrid it likely is. But you piqued my interest in the score so I’ll have to check it out.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)

Pocket Money (1972) starred Paul Newman & Lee Marvin as two cowboys trying to get cattle up from Mexico to Arizona as part of a shady plot by crooked ranchers Wayne Rogers & Strother Martin. Screenplay by Terence Malick. Score by Alex North.

Coogan's Bluff (1968) needs little explanation. Clint Eastwood plays an Arizonan lawman sent to New York City to extradite a killer. Score by Lalo Schifrin.
As a Long Islander fantasizing about retiring to AZ or NM, it’s hard to look at the lives of struggling losers eking out a living in the often hot and rugged landscapes and often underfunded municipalities of the otherwise enchanting southwest. But Marvin and Newman as co-stars sounds amusing, at least if there’s not a whole lot of blood.

“Coogan’s Bluff” I’ve seen a few times over the years. Though it all happens in NYC, it was one of the earliest that launched him in to Western film icon status.

Here’s some weird feedback: Whenever I think of this film I immediately think of the TV movie “Movie Murderer” (1970), Hardly a Western and an inflated plot, but a nice cast, many of whom appeared in lots of Western movies and TV shows.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)

Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) ,
Deadlock (1970)
Cane arrabbiato (1984)


“Deadlock”, as with most spaghetti-like Westerns, is too brutal and bloody for me, which is lousy because a lot of films from that sub-genre were filmed across some really classic looking range land and desert landscapes.

“Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” (2005) is more of what I’m after; somber scenes against unspoiled (hopefully still) SW landscapes and trails. Btw, when I was checking Tommy Lee Jones’ filmography I found this intriguing docudrama. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5540992/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)

The Hi-Lo Country takes place in the 1940s just after WW2; excellent score by Carter Burwell. “Hi-Lo Country” (1998) received mixed reviews; a somewhat improbable plot. But a good supporting cast, where it all happens and a promising soundtrack makes it a fair bet. Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)

Pretty much all of the rodeo films mentioned in this thread:

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=57373&forumID=7&archive=0
I’ve done some horse riding when I once lived in Colorado and hiked somewhat challenging trails but rodeo per se is not really my thing. That said, I am looking forward to seeing “Honkers”. And as you can see from that link you posted I’m big on Stoney Burke. IMHO, for what it was, every aspect of that one season TV show was conceived and done to perfection. And to have respectably transferred to DVD much of early 60s California before it became an overpopulated tragedy is a blessing, especially the way Conrad Hall captured it.

Now if only Dominic Frontiere’s original analog masters of his many exist from his entire pre-1965 TV music library, and if that Sony and/or MGM Production Music have expertly digitized them. Much of what’s heard in Stoney Burke were often extended versions of the same suites which John Elizalde would later select for Outer Limits-plus lots of sounds never heard anywhere else. Now it’s up to La La Land (or me? or you?) to make a CD boxed set happen, hopefully as per my Excel file’s (untitled) track list pulled from the DVD set.

Thanks to all here for these recommended Westerns.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   ajant   (Member)


OOPS! Sorry, I forgot to post these replies in the Non Film Score Discussion section.
But then how could I quote these members?

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2020 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

You could add COWBOY (1958), THE ROUNDERS (1965), and THE HONKERS (1972).


....I didn’t include Western TV shows for several reasons. If I did then tops on my list would be Stoney Burke, again for several reasons.


To clarify, the 1966-67 TV series The Rounders (which you're probably referring to there) was based on the theatrical feature THE ROUNDERS of the preceding year. Both are adapted from the same 1960 novel by Max Evans, who also wrote THE HI-LO COUNTRY. One film is comic and the other tragic -- but frankly, neither is as good as its source book.

THE ROUNDERS deals not with rodeo but the working life of 1960s cowboys.

 
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