Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Burt Reynolds, Clint Walker, Ossie Davis, William Schallert, Woodrow Parfrey
Director: Arnold Laven
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Welcome to America's Wildand very wackyWest! Burt Reynolds, Clint Walker, Ossie Davis and Angie Dickinson star in this tongue-in-cheek tale of love, lust and larceny that's brimming with "real charm" and "sharp wit" (Boxof... more »
Similarly Requested DVDs
More entertaining than it has any right to be...
Daniel Sweeney | Los Angeles, CA | 11/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So I was sick all weekend, bedridden with the flu and flipping through cable when I stumbled upon the Encore Western Channel, which I watched for hour after hour. For some reason, they were playing a triple-shot of Burt Reynolds westerns: Navajo Joe, The Man who Loved Cat Dancing and Sam Whiskey.
Now I grew up in the Eighties so I missed most of Reynolds movies; last year I hunted down and watched many for which he is best known: Smokey and the Bandit (rip-roaring hilarity), Stroker Ace (yuck), Cannonball Run (meh) and Hooper (my all-time favorite, ridiculously entertaining). I thought I had seen all there was to see from ol' Burt, but Sam Whiskey pleasantly surprised me.
This isn't really a western, it's more like a heist movie set on the frontier. I think the reason some of the other reviewers were disappointed by this one was that they were looking for stagecoach robberies, breakneck horseback riding and widescreen Monument Valley-like vistas. While there is some of that, for the most part this film revolves around a "reverse-heist;" In this case, Burt and his team played by Ossie Davis(very funny and amiable as a blacksmith) and Clint Walker (imposing hulk of a man who's gentle on the inside) are trying to return some gold to the US mint. They work out a suitably ingenious and ludicrous scheme (the cornerstone for every caper flick) and work it out.
While the proceedings are executed largely for laughs there are surprising amounts of edge-of-your-seat suspense as various curveballs are thrown our heroes' way. I have to admit I laughed out loud probably five times, which was incredible considering how miserable I felt and how much my sore throat hurt WHEN I LAUGHED. But I forgive the movie for this! I like the overall good-natured and almost lackadaisic nature of the pacing. The film keeps moving and is engaging, but by no means is it in any hurry.
So I would recommend this one to all Burt Reynolds fans, all caper movie fans and generally anyone who is willing to give a 40-year-old easygoing movie a chance.
And as an interesting side-note: As if I didn't already realize that I'd watched westerns all weekend -- I thought that actor Clint Walker looked vaguely familiar but couldn't quite place him. They I looked him up on IMDb...he played the icy bad guy in a Charles Bronson western I'd watched earlier in the weekend, "The White Buffalo." I hadn't placed him because it was such a polar opposite role for him. So in his career he's pulled a heist on the Denver Mint with Burt Reynolds and got into a gunfight with Charles Bronson on the frontier. Not too shabby."
Tim Collins | 08/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of Burt Reynold's "over-looked" movies. Fantastic movie! Check it out."
Very Good Comedy
trumpetisking | MA | 06/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen this movie several times and laugh every time. One of those overlooked little comedies. Reynolds at his best."
GOOD OLE BOY'S
TONI G | TEXAS,USA | 09/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BURT IS IN HIS TYPICAL GOOD WORKING PART. HE PICKS GOOD STORIES TO
ACT IN. AS USUAL.