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99 min
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5.3 / 10 
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Directors: Bernard L. Kowalski [Director] ,


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Pretty good.

This is a story of someone who struggles with his behavior. Haven't seen it in a while but i REMEMBER now! The dude lives a misunderstood situation throughout and does a bunch of ignorent stuff to people. Mostly just points a shotgun at people and doesnt talk. It actually turned into a bit of a half loaded romance. Face off with the 2 snakes on either side of him was probably the best part. Guy did the splits and each snake took a boot to the face.

Grim, savage Western balanced out by warmth and tenderness

Released is 1970 and directed by Bernard L. Kowalski, "Macho Callahan" stars David Janssen in the title role as a man who rebels after being duped into enlisting into the Confederate Army and is therefore locked in a hellish POW camp on desertion charges. After getting out and reuniting with his old sidekick, Juan (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.), Callahan goes after the man responsible for his travails (Lee J. Cobb). An honor duel with a Confederate officer (David Carradine) leads to Callahan meeting the wife (Jean Seberg) and a gang of steadfast bounty hunters (James Booth, Bo Hopkins, etc.). Diane Ladd has a small part.

The first act in the Confederate camp is dirty and brutal, ringing with authenticity; this is the furthest thing from those old Westerns where everyone has bright, clean clothes and courteousness abounds. Callahan is a very hardened man after his harrowing prison sentence and thoroughly unwilling to allow a Confederate officer to dishonor him, particularly when Macho's fairly drunk. The opening score is very austere and inspiring in a somber way, but it later morphs into more pleasant aural reveries. This is a thoroughly adult Western, not to mention modern and therefore holds up well after all these decades.

Speaking of which, as dark and harsh as much of this obscure Western is, it's counterpoised by care and sensitivity. For instance, one character apologizes and is forgiven because the recipient discerns it's sincere. Or consider the two protagonists concern for a motherless cub.

One person sees through the others' gruffness to recognize essentially noble hearts that live by a code of honor, which is surprising considering one of them just went through hell on earth, and unjustly so. All this points to the "Stockholm Syndrome" NOT being at play in the story, as some claim. Watch the movie and see for yourself. See the commentary below for details.

The love and compassion that surface separates "Macho Callahan" from one-dimensional and juvenile Spag Westerns. As such, it's puzzling to hear Brian Garfield lambaste the film as "strictly for sadists" and "revolting." This same critic said "the story defies reason everywhere and is impenetrable," but this simply isn't true. The plot is simple and the characters' motivations are obvious. If you want to see a Western that defies reason watch the original "The Magnificent Seven" (see my review for details). Unfortunately, the ending leaves a bad taste in the mouth and I wish it went the route of "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Still, it's worth checking out if you like atypical realistic Westerns that are dark, brutal, ugly, warm and beautiful at the same time.

The film runs 98 minutes and was shot in Durango, Mexico. The script was written by Cliff Gould from Richard Carr's story.

GRADE: B

ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY ***SPOILER ALERT***

Generally speaking, Stockholm Syndrome occurs when a strong emotional link develops between captor and captive where the former intermittently abuses the other in one way or another, whether beatings, threats, intimidation or harassment. This is not what occurs in the movie: Alexandra hooks up with Callahan & Juan in order to kill Callahan (i.e. she's NOT a captive), and she almost succeeds when the opportunity presents itself. Thus Callahan fights back savagely to survive, BUT he mercifully doesn't kill her; and is clearly concerned about her recovery later.

After this violent episode, Alexandra gets to know Callahan & Juan and slowly discovers that they're not evil. They're basically goodhearted people with some rough edges. Macho saves her life at one point and even trusts her with a rifle. She's NOT a captive and is free to leave when she wants. Callahan even apologizes for what happened to her husband, and sincerely so, but implies that it was a matter of honor between the two men (and, really, it was the greedy bartender's fault). A mutual attraction blossoms into love before the movie's over, ending with the touching sequence during the standoff at the climax.

Feels like spaghetti ......

Throw some "b" movie actors into a not fully developed revenge plot, and what you get is "Macho Callahan". This filmed in Mexico western has David Janssen, Jean Seberg, Lee J. Cobb, David Carradine, and Bo Hopkins trying their best to imitate the fast dying genre known as "spaghetti westerns". It certainly has the feel of an Italian "oater", with little character development, choppy editing, and revenge as a motive. The difference here is that the script starts out good in a revolting Confederate prison that Janssen escapes from, but then after Jean Seberg puts her bounty on Janssen for killing her husband, things get talky, and the film loses steam minute by minute. Don't expect much more than a slightly above average "spaghetti" type western, and it's watchable, but just barely. Interestingly the VHS box has the running time listed at 2 hours, 39 minutes. Thankfully this is incorrect, because 99 minutes was more than enough of "Macho Callahan" - MERK
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