I'm not sure which I like better, this or Young Frankenstein, as far as Brooks' films go. It's farcical in the extreme, as one would expect from Brooks, and far more capable of inducing laughter than any gas obtained while in a dentist's chair. =)
Take a bunch of fresh, young actors (you know the ones...they're everyone's favorites) and dose liberally with equal portions of well-seasoned ones; add a dash of plot and storyline. It's a well-known recipe for success; a time-honored tradition. ;}
Depp has made a habit of choosing his own path, and roles; spurned the Hollywood machine for years and it's will to typecast. It's led to a number of interesting characters and films that might just have been forgettable if someone else had filled the shoes he chose to wear. This little production was, IMHO, the most different of all his roles and that's saying something considering...
A film that is, ultimately, about the passing of the torch of leadership from one well-respected Ranger to another. Great action. Fine performances all around. A dash of humor to lighten the mood here and there.
When I think of westerns I immediately think of John Wayne but it was Richard Widmark that made this film a favorite of mine. Oh, the grand scale, humor, fult-tilt action scenes and a host of other fine actors didn't hurt either. ;)
William Holden: "If they move, kill 'em."
Peckinpah at his best. His eulogy to the western is bloody, violent and wracks up the kill-count but is has some fine acting from, not only it's main stars, but the supporting cast, as well.
I can take or leave Costner, honestly, but Duvall is a favorite of mine. I don't think he knows the meaning of 'bad performance'. I didn't know what to expect when I watched this but I was quite pleased.
A respectful nod to the days of old when studios could cast a host of fine actors from their stable to make a film a blockbuster ensemble. My second favorite western of all and one of my favorite films period. Russell and Kilmer's finest performances, I think.