Best Western Movies of 1972


Jeremiah Johnson


A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

Starring: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee, Joaquin Martinez
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1972-09-10

The Cowboys


When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

Starring: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Alfred Barker Jr.
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release date: 1972-01-13

Joe Kidd


A band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all the records destroyed in a courthouse fire. Their leader, Louis Chama, encourages them to use force to regain their land. A wealthy landowner wanting the same decides to hire a gang of killers with Joe Kidd to track Chama.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1972-07-14

Kung Fu

Kung Fu
After avenging the death of his teacher, a Shaolin monk flees China to the American West and helps people while being pursued by bounty hunters.
Starring: David Carradine, Barry Sullivan, Wayne Maunder, Keye Luke, Albert Salmi
Directed by: Jerry Thorpe
Release date: 1972-02-22

Evil Roy Slade

Evil Roy Slade
Orphaned and left in the desert as an infant, Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) grew up alone—save for his teddy bear—and mean. As an adult, he is notorious for being the "meanest villain in the West"—so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter (Pamela Austin). There's also Nelson L. Stool (Mickey Rooney), a railroad tycoon, who, along with his dimwitted nephew Clifford (Henry Gibson), is trying to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for robbing him.
Starring: John Astin, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Henry Gibson, Dick Shawn
Directed by: Jerry Paris
Release date: 1972-02-18

Ulzana's Raid


Report reaches the US cavalry that the Apache leader Ulzana has left his reservation with a band of followers. A compassionate young officer, Lieutenant DeBuin, is given a small company to find him and bring him back; accompanying the troop is McIntosh, an experienced scout, and Ke-Ni-Tay, an Apache guide. Ulzana massacres, rapes and loots across the countryside; and as DeBuin encounters the remains of his victims, he is compelled to learn from McIntosh and to confront his own naivity and hidden prejudices.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Richard Jaeckel, Joaquin Martinez
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1972-01-01

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean


Outlaw and self-appointed lawmaker, Judge Roy Bean, rules over an empty stretch of the West that gradually grows, under his iron fist, into a thriving town, while dispensing his his own quirky brand of frontier justice upon strangers passing by.

Starring: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, Ned Beatty, Anthony Perkins, Matt Clark
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1972-12-18

The Culpepper Cattle Co.

The Culpepper Cattle Co.
Teenager Ben Mockridge feels life in a Wild West farm town has nothing better to offer then horse-cart racing with other hicks, so he naively begs cattle company owner Frank Culpepper to engage him as youngest cowboy for a long cattle trail to a fort, his mother barely notices. Ben doesn't even seem to get it when he's told to report as 'little Mary' to the old cook, whose words cowboy is something you do only if you have nothing better gradually become clear. Instead of an exciting heroic macho life, it's endless hard work, dumb chores and embarrassment, even getting literally caught with his pants down, robbed of his horse, witnessing unpunished crimes...
Starring: Gary Grimes, Billy Green Bush, Luke Askew, Bo Hopkins, Geoffrey Lewis
Directed by: Dick Richards
Release date: 1972-04-15

Bad Company


After Drew Dixon, an upright young man, is sent west by his religious family to avoid being drafted into the Civil War, he drifts across the land with a loose confederation of young vagrants.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, David Huddleston, Jerry Houser, Geoffrey Lewis
Directed by: Robert Benton
Release date: 1972-10-08

Chato's Land


A posse pursues Pardon Chato (Charles Bronson) a mestizo indian after he killed a US marshal in self-defense. As they get deeper into Indian territory, just who is hunting who.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-01-01

Junior Bonner


McQueen is Junior Bonner, an aging rodeo champ who returns to his home town to participate in the annual rodeo. He finds his family estranged, does what he can to help, and then moves on ... after some good rodeo riding and a few brawls.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-08-02

The Legend of Nigger Charley

The Legend of Nigger Charley
A trio of runaway slaves evade authorities in the Old West.
Starring: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, Don Pedro Colley, Thomas Anderson, Jerry Gatlin
Directed by: Martin G. Goldman
Release date: 1972-03-16

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid


The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, but things do not go as planned.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew, R.G. Armstrong, Dana Elcar
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1972-05-12

Buck and the Preacher


A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller
Directed by: Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1972-03-17

The Magnificent Seven Ride!

The Magnificent Seven Ride!
Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the last thief, Chris feels obligated to take up his friend's cause and recruits a writer and five prisoners to destroy the desperadoes.The last in the original series of four "Magnificent Seven" movies.
Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Mariette Hartley, Luke Askew
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1972-08-01

Pocket Money


Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Wayne Rogers, Héctor Elizondo
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1972-01-01

Dirty Little Billy

Dirty Little Billy
Clearly influenced by the darker, more sinister style of spaghetti westerns, Dirty Little Billy offers a unique insight into the beginnings of the notorious outlaw Billy The Kid.
Starring: Michael J. Pollard, Lee Purcell, Richard Evans, Gary Busey, Ed Lauter
Directed by: Stan Dragoti
Release date: 1972-11-01

The Revengers

The Revengers
The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of his loved ones.
Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode, Roger Hanin, Reinhard Kolldehoff
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1972-06-21

Greaser's Palace

Greaser's Palace
A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting.
Starring: Allan Arbus, Albert Henderson, Luana Anders, Michael Sullivan, Hervé Villechaize
Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
Release date: 1972-07-31

The Wrath of God


Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita Hayworth, John Colicos, Victor Buono
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1972-07-14

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