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Chato (Charles Bronson) is a half-breed Apache Indian who treads the line between two cultures, balancing allegiance to his tribe with the allure of the white man's world. But when Chato kills a vicious sheriff in self-defense, he finds himself hunted by a posse led by the ruthless Quincey Whitmore (Jack Palance), a former Confederate soldier who is determined to see him hang. It's 13 men against one, but the odds shift in Chato's favour when he leads his pursuers into Apache territory, where the harsh, cruel countryside can kill as surely as a gunman's bullet.
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Michael Winner
Gerald Wilson
MGM Home Entertainment
Action & Adventure, Classics
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Run Time:
96 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1

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Brutal 70s Western - Chato's Land review by GI

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This western from director Michael Winner continues his obsession with death, an obsession he's clearly acquired from Italian westerns especially those of Sergio Leone. Indeed there's a quite obvious homage to Once Upon A Time In the West (1968) and those familiar with that classic should spot it easily enough. This is a harsh, brutal tale of the hunt for Chato (Charles Bronson), a part Apache, after he kills a racist lawman in self defence. The posse led by Jack Palance and including Richard Basehart, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite and others are all violent sadists intent on vengeance at all costs. Their hatred for Indians will drive them to rape and murder along the way and thus earn the wrath that Chato unleashes upon them. Like many of the westerns of the 70s this is very violent and lacks the thematic subtlety of others of the period. Having said that it's an entertaining film with the thrust of the narrative being about a group of men who turn upon themselves and it's an interesting example of the 70s western.

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