Wings of the Hawk (1953)

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During the Mexican revolution of 1910, an American prospector gets involved with the revolutionaries after a corrupt Mexican official confiscates his mine.


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9 May 2019 | ma-cortes
| Mexico setting Western with standard story that engages the viewer until the last scene .
During the Mexican revolution of 1910, a Gringo prospector and miner called Gallager (Van Hefiln) is caught up in the Mexican revolution of 1910-11 when a nasty governor Ruiz (George Dolenz) appropriates his mine. He escapes and to be aware there's a price on his head , wanted: dead or alive , reward : 5.000 dollars . Along the way Gallager saves the life of guerilla leader Raquel (Julie Adams) who is engaged to another revolutionary (Rodolfo Acosta) . Then at the rebel campament shows up the popular leader Pascual Orozco to join forces to carry out a march on Ciudad Juarez . The film is set during the Mexican Revolution , in fact there appears a historical character , Pascual Orozco (well played by Noah Beery Jr) . Orozco was a Mexican revolutionary leader who rose up with Francisco I. Madero late 1910 to depose Porfirio Díaz. After leading up to Orozco's march on Ciudad Juárez and the seizure of Ciudad Juárez, Madero designated his first provisional cabinet, having Venustiano Carranza, a wealthy landowner like Madero, in the War Ministry, a position that Orozco longed for. Venustiano Carranza would eventually become a President of Mexico. Orozco and Villa first confronted Madero by bursting into a meeting of his shadow cabinet after the first Battle of Juárez. Sixteen months later he revolted against the Madero government and ultimately sided with the coup d'état that deposed Madero, and he was subsequently killed in 1915 . New kind of excitement thunders from the screen in 3-Dimension. Suitable for WIde Screen! For a Nation's Richest Prize . He Fought It's Wildest Revolt!...and tamed a fiery Bandit Queen for his own! Out of the thunder and plunder of a nation's most dangerous days come it's most thrilling adventure . For a nation's richest prize they fought it's wildest revolt .

This exciting Western packs thrills , noisy action , spectacular struggles and lots of gutsy adventure . Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action, teeming across the screen by means of attacks , rescues , assaults , explosions and ambushes . This is a distinctive frontier saga with a special look at Mexican villages , mines , haciendas and countryside outdoors . Budd Boetticher demonstrates a special talent for making the densest action sequences seem uncomplicated and uncluttered and his characters , like the scenes distinguished , often have an unfettered , raw power .This is a moving story about a rebellious group and their fight for freedom and director takes a fine penned script creating a Mexican revolution tale that is far from ordinary , exploring the anguish and desperation of the revolutionaries and villany of the officials . The characters are fairly basic , but a wonderful use is made of the exteriors shot on locations in Burro Flats, Simi Hills, Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley California, and Backlot Universal studios . Cast is pretty good . Van Heflin gives a decent acting , as usual, as an American prospector who gets involved with the revolutionaries after a corrupt Mexican official confiscates his mine, and he becomes romantically involved with the revolutionary leader , gorgeous Julie Adams . Support cast is frankly fine , such as : George Dolenz as the villain administrator , Abbe Lane as his lover , Antonio Moreno as a priest , Rodolfo Acosta , Noah Beery Jr. , the always sympathetic Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez and uncredited Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. and Lyle Talbot .

It displays a glimmer and brilliant cinematography by Clifford Stine , Universal Pictures regular , being shot in 3D . And a moving as well as charming musical score by Frank Skinner .The motion picture produced by Aaron Rosenberg was well directed by Budd Boetticher who was a Western expert . His first Western was in 1949 called The Wolf Hunters, following Cimarron Kid , Bronco buster , Horizons West , Seminole, Man from the Alamo , and Wings of the hawk . In 1956 with 7 Men From Now starts his collaboration with Randolph Scott, along with producer Harry Joe Brown and writer Burt Kennedy , including prestigious titles as Tall T, Decision at sundown, Buchanan rides alone , Ride lonesome, Comanche station , among others . His last Western was in 1969 titled A time for dying with Audie Murphy. Budd also made other genres as Mobsters : The rise and fall of Legs Diamond , Mystery/suspense : Behind locked doors , WWII : Red Ball Express , and Bullfighting even : The magnificent matador , Arruza , The bullfighter and the lady . Rating 6. 5/10 . The movie will appeal to Western aficionados and Van Heflin/Julie Adams fans

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