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Monday, April 13, 2009

VALDEZ IS COMING (1971)

Burt Lancaster stars in this David Rayfiel adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, and you even get a double-debut bonus of character actors Richard Jordan & Hector Elizondo. Good names, one & all, too bad they all suck this time out. But there’s no getting around the fact that the pic’s an absolute stinkeroo. An accent-challenged Burt plays a lowly Mexican-American lawman who gets tripped up into killing an innocent black suspect while the man's Native-American wife looks on, silent & helpless. Lancaster spends the rest of the film hunting down the sadistic white men who were responsible. Even crucifixion won't stop Valdez from coming. Debuting megger Edwin Sherin deserves most of the blame for this excruciatingly PC bit of nonsense, but technical ineptitude is only part of the problem on this piece of cheese. Ah, the ‘70s.

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