Friday, July 25, 2014

Flick Pick: El Diablo

El Diablo
(HBO, 1990)

An absolute little gem of a modern Western "the way it really was" is this happy little cable flick with Lou Gossett Jr. setting Anthony Edwards straight about a few things that don't work in real life quite like they play in the pulp nickel westerns of the day. It's a romp without being ridiculous, with shootouts, chases, dynamite, Indians, bandits, and of course the required climactic duel. Through it all, it's also the perfect Odd Couple buddy flick between a tenderfoot schoolteacher and the hard-bitten gunslinger who pulls him through an absolutely high-quality rip-roaring adventure.

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