Navajo Joe (1966) - Western

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A Native American warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 6 out of 37 found boring (16.21%)

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Predominantely, however, Navajo Joe is a very entertaining Spaghetti Western with an excellent score by Ennio Morricone.

Just bland, boring, nothing really special.

what it lacks in engrossing spaghetti-western style it makes up for with a great heap of absurd entertainment .

Other than this, the typical revenge plot moves right along for a fairly entertaining 60's European Western where the dubbed voices don't match the lips.

Navajo Joe isn't anywhere close to being as good as some of his other films (Django, The Great Silence, etc.), but it's enjoyable enough and offers one of the few examples where Indian characters play even a small role in a Euro-Western.

He gives a great rough and ready feel to the action scenes, but overall there are just too many zooms and pointless camera moves.

"Navajo Joe" is certainly not be as great as Sergio Corbucci's masterpieces "Django" and "The Great Silence", but it is still a highly entertaining, if cheesy, Spaghetti Western.

It's so repetitive and the words so silly that I think it severely detracted from the film.

Though admittedly the film doesn't have much of a reputation within the Spaghetti Western genre (the "Leonard Maltin Film Guide" rates it a mere *1/2), given director Corbucci and co-writer Fernando Di Leo's involvement, this still turned out to be a watchable example of its type – albeit a surprisingly second-rate and rather dreary affair!

I would have lost a bet on whether Burt Reynolds ever appeared in a spaghetti Western, but you know what, this is actually a fairly entertaining flick once you get past the unbelievable body count by Reynolds' title character, Navajo Joe.

It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonist Burt Reynolds and the enemy Aldo Sambrell and his hoodlums.

The film blends violence , blood , tension , high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining .

I enjoyed it so much that I think I'll try to track down a copy.

Director Sergio Corbucci keeps the absorbing story moving along at a constant pace, maintains a harsh gritty tone throughout, makes fine use of the desolate desert locations, and stages the exciting shoot outs with skill and flair.

And so it plods on.

Kudos are also in order for Silvano Ippoliti's crisp widescreen cinematography and Ennio Morricone's robust'n'rousing score.

(For instance, when the Dr. opens the safe expecting a $500,000 payoff inside, and it's empty, the lead bad guy never seems to consider that only a masochist desiring death would deliberately try to cheat him this way, and shoots the man in spite of his protestations.

So Bland.

Entertaining Pre-Django Corbucci Western .

It's worth watching and has a great score by an uncredited Ennio Morricone.