When I think about spaghetti westerns, one name comes to mind: Sergio Leone. However, the films of Sergio Corbucci (such as Django and Companeros) deserves just as much praise. Corbucci is a master of the genre and Navajo Joe is one of his best films. It’s written by the legendary Fernando Di Leo and it has a terrific score by maestro Ennio Morricone. Burt Reynolds plays the title role – an indian. Yup, that’s right, an indian. And you know what? It works. Come on, Lee Van Cleef did a good job in Captain Apache, so why shouldn’t “The Bandit” manage to pull it off?
That’s right, no challenge is too big for The Burt! Definitely one of my favorite actors, he’s very cool in this movie. It almost seems as if he has an inner urge to kill, but he has a damn good reason for being pissed off: A bunch of dickheads attack his peaceful village and make the biggest mistake of their rotten lives when they kill his girlfriend! There’s a lot of action in the film, but Corbucci understands that the key to a good actionfilm is to squeeze in some emotion and character development. The characters aren’t exactly deep, but Corbucci takes his time to make sure that you care about them, which makes the action scenes all the more exciting.
Release year: 1966
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Starring: Burt Reynolds