Cast: Mae Whitman, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Brianna Brown, Kevin Gage
Willie and Missie LaHaye continue their westward journey. Their roots now firmly planted as they set up homestead in the far West, Missie realizes her passion for teaching as Willie cares for the couple's young daughter Kathy while expanding the family ranch with help from sons Jeff and Matthew. When the frontier railroad comes to town, the pleasure of a long-promised visit from Missie's father Clark is suddenly offset by young Kathy's tragic death. As the untimely demise of their beloved daughter begins to drive an emotional wedge between Missie and Willie, the devastated father unexpectedly accepts an offer made by the powerful Samuel Doros to assume the role of town sheriff. Their faith shaken and their once close-knit bond suddenly torn asunder, Missie and Willie desperately attempt to bring their crumbling family back together as son Jeff faces a series of dangers while hopelessly falling for Doros' beautiful daughter Colette.—Anonymous
A handful of unforgettable characters set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for a Texas competition in this stunning and poignant documentary. Among them: Charles, a Navajo grandfather out to re-capture his youth; George, a grizzled cowboy with a stubborn streak; and Wylene, a blond beauty with a theatrical flare and a nerve of steel. In three months, man and horse must transform from scared strangers to close companions. It won't be an easy journey. Bones and egos will take a beating. Fear and frustration will weed many out. But those who prevail may find themselves desperately vying to keep their horses when they ultimately all go up for adoption at a public auction.—Anonymous
A peace treaty between the United States government and the Apaches is about to be signed in Washington. However, a gang of outlaws plan to sabotage the peace process in order to prevent the signing of a treaty. This way, the gang stands to benefit from illegally grabbing Indian lands for themselves. To execute their plan, the outlaws use the Comanche tribe of Chief Big Bear to attack White settlements, stagecoaches and wagon trains and blame the attacks on the Apache. Comanche warriors kill farmers and plant evidence by leaving dead Apache at the scene. These incidents convince the local Army commander, General Taylor, that Apaches are to be blamed. Unconvinced, legendary scout Old Shatterhand meets with his friend, Apache Chief Winnetou, to investigate. Winnetou insists that his tribe wants peace and is not behind the attacks on the Whites. General Taylor meets Winnetou and Old Shatterhand to listen to their account. The general agrees to allow the two guests investigate the incidents in order to find the real culprits. In the meantime, he is called to Washington, and he leaves Captain Bradley in charge of the fort. The Captain seems to be prejudiced against the Apache and would do anything to prove that Apaches are behind the attacks against the settlers. Scout Old Shatterhand suspects that Comanches are being paid in alcohol by renegade Whites to attack the settlers and frame the Apaches for these attacks. But with a hostile Captain Bradley in charge of the fort, it will be difficult for Winnetou and his friend Old Shatterhand to find the real culprits and prove that Apaches are innocent.—nufs68
Averill Hunter (Jermelle Simon), a black bull rider living in rural California, is at the top of his game. He arrives late at the rodeo event after being with his brother's wife. His brother Harland (Phrederic Semaj) is upset at his tardiness. Averill is unfocused but successfully rides his bull. During the ride, however, Averill loses the cross from his necklace which is a family heirloom.
Averill has a few secrets; he's fallen out of love with the sport and is carrying on a love affair with his brother's wife, Frankie (Charlee Earle). Later, Averill meets Frankie and his wife in a bar. His brother, once a great bull rider himself, expects Averill to compete and win as the family has always done.
Averill meets Sandra (Tiffany Abney) in the bar and they head out to Averill's car. A jealous Frankie pulls Sandra out of the car and they briefly fight. Averill and Frankie sit in the car and Averill admits he feels trapped by his brother into the rodeo life but sees no other options for himself. He is also upset he cannot have Frankie for himself. Frankie sees no need to mess up a good thing. Harland arrives and demands a ride to pick up his truck at the stadium.
When they arrive at the stadium, Averill tries to tell Harland that he no longer wants to ride bulls. Harland gives him his necklace and discusses the family history of being a cowboy. He assures Averill this is who we are.
The next morning, Frankie arrives at Averill's hotel to continue their affair. She tells Averill that if he stopped riding and left, she would go with him. Averill is unreceptive. When Frankie sees he is wearing his brother's cross, she realizes where his loyalty is, hits Averill in the chest, and drives off.
Averill drives to the stadium. With his brother at his side. Averill prepares to ride his bull. The gate is released and Averill rides until the buzzer sounds. The announcer claims it is Averill's best ride of the season. Averill lands with a thud and remains unconscious on the ground. The cheering crowd is silenced with concern.
Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jack Warden, Nancy Malone, George Hamilton
It's the frontier of the American west. Shortly after being released from prison where he was serving a sentence for murder, Jay Grobart leads a band of three other men - Dawes, Billy Bowen and an Indian named Charlie Bent - in robbing a train of its Wells Fargo cargo of $100,000. In their escape from the scene, they are forced out of circumstance to take along a young woman, against her will, she who is traveling by herself on horseback. She is Mrs. Willard Crocker - Catherine - who they can tell is wealthy. Although they do not let her go, she vows that she will not tell the authorities about them as she, like them, is running away. As Jay, the leader, embarks on his next mission - to fulfill the reason he stole the money - he has the problems of managing the three men, Dawes and Billy in particular who are solely out for their own selfish wants which now includes their carnal wants with Catherine, and making sure Catherine does not escape. But as they spend more time together and learn more about what is under the surface, Jay and Catherine start to fall for each other. In addition to carrying out Jay's mission, they thus want to figure out a way to be together in light of their present circumstances. Meanwhile, Harvey Lapchance, the investigator for Wells Fargo, has a posse of men on their trail. That posse includes Willard Crocker, a mining executive. Lapchance allows Crocker to come along despite he having the feeling that he is not solely looking out for his wife's best interest.—Huggo
Cast: Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, David Bradley, William Smith
The film tells the story of a Polish rabbi named Avram Belinski (Wilder) who travels to San Francisco in 1850 to lead a congregation. Along the way, he befriends a bank robber named Tommy Lillard (Ford) who helps him survive the treacherous journey. Together, they embark on a series of comedic misadventures and encounter a variety of colorful characters.
The film was not a commercial success upon its release, but has since gained a cult following. It is notable for its pairing of Wilder and Ford, who were at different points in their careers at the time. Wilder was best known for his comedic roles in films such as "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles," while Ford had just achieved fame for his role in "Star Wars" and was transitioning to more dramatic roles.
The film was also praised for its accurate portrayal of Jewish customs and traditions, as well as its use of Yiddish language and humor. It was one of the first American films to feature a Yiddish-speaking protagonist.
The plot of "The Frisco Kid" follows Avram Belinski, a rabbi from Poland who is sent to San Francisco to lead a congregation. He sets out on a journey across the country, encountering a series of challenges and obstacles along the way. In Ohio, he is robbed and left stranded, but is rescued by a bank robber named Tommy Lillard. Despite their initial differences, Avram and Tommy become friends and travel together to California.
Throughout their journey, Avram and Tommy encounter a variety of characters, including a Native American guide, a brothel owner, and a band of bandits. Avram's steadfast faith and devotion to his religious customs often clashes with Tommy's more practical and cynical worldview. However, the two men eventually come to respect and rely on each other.
When they finally reach San Francisco, Avram discovers that the congregation he was sent to lead has been disbanded. He decides to start a new congregation with the help of a wealthy businessman named Mr. Abramowitz. Meanwhile, Tommy plans a bank robbery to help fund their new endeavor.
"The Frisco Kid" is a lighthearted and comedic take on the classic Western genre. It combines elements of adventure, humor, and religious commentary to create a unique and entertaining film. The performances of Wilder and Ford are particularly notable, with Wilder's physical comedy and Ford's deadpan humor playing off each other perfectly.
Overall, "The Frisco Kid" is a charming and enjoyable film that is worth watching for fans of Westerns, comedies, and Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford's respective filmographies. Its unique blend of humor and religious themes make it a standout among Western comedies.
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Andy Griffith, Tom Fadden, Steve Forrest
In 1911, a widow with two children leaves New York City for territorial Arizona and becomes a ranch hand and later gets herself elected sheriff. A gambler and a rancher become rivals for her affections.
Cast: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Anthony Quinn, Douglas Fowley, John Larch
Mexican gunfighter Dave Robles outdraws gunfighter Dan Ritchy and later kills two outlaws while dispatching a third. As a result, Robles is asked to assume the office of sheriff after the previous lawman quits the job. But a tin star doesn't bring automatic respectability and Robles is shunned by the town's leading citizens. His popularity with its less-savory element, particularly saloon owner Bannister, wanes dramatically, too, as he starts to take his job seriously. It is his love for a decent, caring woman that keeps Dave in town, but can she convince him to lay down his gun and start a new life?
Cast: Howard Hesseman, Kenneth Tobey, Tom Laughlin
Billy Jack is a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret who is being drawn more and more toward his Indian side. He hates violence, but can't get away from it in the white man's world. Pitting the good guys, the students of the peace-loving free-arts school in the desert vs. the Democratic bad guys in the near-by town, the movie plays definitive late-60s themes/messages: anti-establishment, make love not war, the senseless slaughter of God's creatures, the rape of society (figuratively and literally), two-sided justice, racial segregation and prejudices.
Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he come to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt during which he gets to know his adversary better and discovers a variation on the crime for which the accused Cuchillo may not be as guilty as he first thought.
Joe Dexter, a famous gunfighter known as Nevada Joe, Golden Hill reaches a mining town. There he will find that the transport of gold from the mines is monopolized by John Randolph, who is opposed only Julia Brooks, owner of a mining concession, with which Dexter intimará and support in its confrontation with Randolph.