What was the best Western movie you ever saw? And what was the biggest disappointment?
My favorite of the genre was actually filmed as a TV miniseries, Lonesome Dove, with Robert Duval, Tommy Lee Jones and Danny Glover among many others. Red River, with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift is my favorite theatrical Western movie. It was black and white, but the cinematography was so good it felt like color.
My biggest disappointment was Unforgiven, which wasn’t a bad film, but it couldn’t live up to its pre-release hype as “the best Western of all time.” I still haven’t gotten through Heaven’s Gate (and according to some Dopers in the Pit I never will ).
Of course, I’m talking about “A” movies, here. I still enjoy the corny old “B” oaters I grew up with, starring such lights as Hopalong Cassidy, Bob Steele, Crash Corrigan and Col. Tim McCoy. But they were so similar that their plots all seem to blend into one huge, unending cliche.
I never cared much for those singing cowboys (Rogers and Autrey), but that’s just me.