Parisonn of Atlantis | Minneapolis, Minnesota | 10/06/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Those seeking one of those "spaghetti westerns" which are filled with noise and violence and exaggerated flourishes will probably be disppointed in "Chino." It moves at a deliberate pace, keeps the action in check, and knows the virtue of silence. The result is an odd, understated movie that almost qualifies as a "character study."Charles Bronson plays a loner who runs a small horse-farm in the waning days of the American frontier. He takes in a runaway boy as a helper, visits an Indian village on the verge of extinction, and engages in a hesitant courtship with the sister of a hostile landowner. That's about it for the plot which concludes in a somber, realistic fashion.The by-play between Bronson and real-life wife Jill Ireland is mildly amusing, the scenery is attractive and well-photographed, and for those who like to see Bronson with his shirt off, there's a scene where he's hanged by the wrists and flogged across his bare back by one of the hostile landowner's hired men."
Charles bronson at his best...
Parisonn of Atlantis | 09/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"CHARLES BRONSON ("DEATH WISH, THE DIRTY DOZEN"), STARS AS CHINO VALDEZ A LONE RANCHER, WHO WANTS TO LIVE HI LIFE IN PEACE BREEDING HORSES. ONE DAY A YOUNG STRANGER PASSES THROUGH THE RANCH LOOKING FOR A JOB. CHINO HIRES THE BOY AND DECIDES TO TEACH HIM THE ART OF BREAKING HORSES IN. THE YOUNG FELLOW TEACHES THE LONE RANCHER THE ART OF GETTING ALONG WITH PEOPLE. CHINO'S NEIGHBOR KATHERINE (JILL IRELAND) COMES TO THE RANCH FREQUENTLY FOR RIDING HORSES. SHE AND CHINO GET ALONG PRETTY WELL AND THEY FALL IN LOVE. MORELL WHI IS CHINO'S LONGTIME ENEMY AND THE BROTHER OF KATHERINE ISN'T HAPPY WITH HIS SISTER'S CHOICE. HE FORBIDS THE MARRIAGE AND THREATENS CHINO'D LIFE, LOVE, AND LIVELIHOOD. THEN BREAKS THE WAR BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM."
Fairy Tale Girl ! | Bahamas | 04/18/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As others have said and I agree this movie has a lot of quailty issues for sure. However I could have overlooked a lot of that including some questionable not to mention cheesy content, IF it had had a decent ending. It just seemed so pointless, to have him lose the woman and then he gives up the kid and his ranch on his own anyway. She gives him up to save him and then he gives everything up anyway. What point did that serve? I can deal with a hard realistic ending If it serves a purpose, But this ending just didn't make sense to me."
VERY BORING AT TIMES
MICHAEL TAYLOR | RICHMOND, VA USA | 10/15/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"A HALF INDIAN HORSE BREEDER [THE LATE GREAT CHARLES BRONSON] FALLS IN LOVE WITH A WOMAN [BRONSON'S DECEASED FORMER WIFE JILL IRELAND]. WHEN HER RACIST BROTHER FINDS OUT ABOUT IT, HE GETS ANGRY AND DECIDES TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THIS WESTERN IS SIMPLY TOO SLOW MOVING AND TOO BORING AT TIMES. BRONSON'S DECENT PERFORMANCE IN THIS MOVIE IS THE ONLY THING SAVING THIS ONE. IT'S SIMPLY A WESTERN THAT TRYED TO BE TOO MUCH MORE THAN WHAT IT IS. BRONSON FANS DESERVE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. IF YOU WANNA SEE A GOOD CHARLES BRONSON WESTERN, RENT OR BUY ''ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST''."
An excellent and stylish film
Vlanes | Australia | 11/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have just watched "Chino" and I loved it. The acting is brilliant, the characters are well defined, there is depth and humor, and excellent camera work. The landscapes are magnificent. I didn't find this film boring at all. On the contrary, it seemed a bit short. This film is an important achievement. It has style and beauty. I recommend it to anyone who is not looking only for incessant screams and shooting in Westerns, but for something deeper and broader."