Mackenna's Gold (1969) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|This is an old-fashioned Hollywood
Western, starrin' that ornery rootin'-tootin sidewinder,
Omar Sharif, who established his place alongside Dicaprio
and Nimoy as one of the all-time least likely members of
a Western cast.
It features cameos from just about every character actor in history: Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Edward G Robinson, Eli Wallach, The Penguin, Kojak, Lurch, etc.
many valuable historical and cultural lessons from this
various buccaroos seek a hidden canyon where the walls
are lined with gold. It is said that the Apache gods
guard the canyon. According to legend, the entrance to
said canyon can only be seen when the moon is in the
seventh house, and the shadow of .... well, you get the
When they get in the canyon, the gold seekers all start killing each other in order to get 100% of the gold, even though there are only about a half-dozen survivors and as many horses to carry the gold away, yet there is roughly enough gold to pave Russia - possibly more gold than actually exists in all the known world. And that's just the stuff you can pick up without digging any mines! So you'd think that sharing it might have been somewhat more sensible.
Anyway, when there are only three of the fortune hunters left, the aforementioned ancient Apache gods finally enter the fray, and cause the canyon to collapse, as pictured with miniatures that are obviously miniatures, many of which appear to be liquid rather than solid! Omar Sharif never did get any gold, but he did manage to bid and make a grand slam without a trump fit, and therefore gained plenty of master points. No question about it, he absolutely schooled the other desperadoes in their nightly bridge games.
|I suppose the most
memorable element of this movie, except for Jose
Feliciano singing the haunting yet hummable "Vulture
Song", was the famous Julie Newmar skinny dip, and
that's what we came to see, isn't it? I do recommend
renting and watching the movie, because the skinny dip
takes place mostly under water, and underwater scenes
don't make for especially good captures. And it is Julie
Newmar, after all, who didn't get naked in public that
often, and who truly did have a stupefyin' body.
The movie itself is kinda sorta watchable if you ignore all the unrealistic Hollywood baloney, keep the FF handy, and get ready for a few laughs at the expense of Omar Sharif and some of the other performers.
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