Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Best Frontier Fights
From HBO's excellent series "Deadwood", the bloody fight between Dan and "The Captain". This just may be the best made-for-tv fight scene ever. If you haven't seen Deadwood, and you can handle the whores, throat-slitting and feeding bodies to the pigs, it will change the way you view westerns forever.
From the first movie that Clint Eastwood directed himself, "The Outlaw Josey Wales". The gunfight is one of many, this one is short but sweet. Here, Josey Wales faces four Union soldiers who have been hunting him across the West. In my opinion, the absolute best Eastwood western.
From the movie "The Last Of The Mohicans", this is the Huron ambush of the British troops who have just lost their fort to the French.
-I think this is one of the most terrifying ambush scenes that was ever filmed, with the bloody spectre of hand-to-hand fighting with tomahawks and knives. This movie really brought the great book by James Fennimore Cooper to life, complete with frontieer politics between the British, French, American settlers and the Hurons. Huron warrior Magua plays one of the most vengeful double-crossing bad guys I've ever seen on screen. Great show.