Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday's Overlooked Movies: Madron

This is one of those films I saw once on late night TV nearly forty years ago, so I have no idea how it holds up. But I remember that I liked it quite a bit at the time. Of course, I like nearly everything with Richard Boone in it, and it's an offbeat Western, something else that appeals to me. Leslie Caron is the nun who survives an Indian attack on a wagon train, and Boone is the grizzled old gunfighter who rescues her and tries to get her safely back to civilization. It's kind of a romance and kind of a Spaghetti Western (although it was filmed in Israel, if I recall correctly). The photography is nice, the ending is poignant, and the decidedly non-Western-sounding theme song (which was nominated for an Academy Award) was a staple on easy listening radio stations for a number of years. If any of you have seen this in recent years, I'd love to know what you think of it.


Richard R. said...

Boy, I haven't heard of this one, and since like you I was a huge Boone fan then and now I'm surprised. I see Netflix doesn't have it, but then they have reduced their stock, I read.

Anonymous said...

Odd, enjoyable theme song there from Riz Ortolani. The guy seemed to specialize in writing quirky, yet intensely memorable themes for some pretty extreme films, like Mondo Cane and Cannibal Holocaust.

The former film might have been 100% exploitation, but Ortolani's theme was so transcendent that Sinatra covered it.