Invitation to a Gunfighter

1964

Action / Romance / Western

29
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 1576

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Yul Brynner as Jules Gaspard d'Estaing
George Segal as Matt Weaver
William Hickey as Jo-Jo
Strother Martin as Fiddler
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1hr 32 min
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1hr 32 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lost-in-limbo 7 / 10

Regretting the invite?

A modest little matinée western with little in way of style with its methodical direction, but leading the way are the strikingly prominent performances from Yul Brynner, George Segal, Pat Hingle, Janice Rule and backing it up is a lyrically well-oiled script stringed to a customary, but accessibly gripping premise that patiently builds upon its unfolding situations.

A confederate solider Matt Weaver returns back to his small town after the civil war to find out his home has been sold by the dominating town boss Sam Brewster. Causing a ruckus, Brewster hires the interestingly mysterious gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to take care of Brewster; however Jules gets caught up in the devious shades of a town run by corrupt figures.

The way the story pans out is thoughtfully projected and the framework delivers it in an unconventional manner with some psychological interplays. The way the steely protagonist uses the situation to gain what he wants and hand out much needed justice within the shameful town simply holds you there. It's literally chatty, but never does it outstay its welcome. A sternly defined Brynner is outstanding (as the camera magnetically follows him around) and likewise is a booming Hingle. When the action/shoot outs occur they're rather sparse, but toughly staged despite its obvious studio bound sets.

Reviewed by Wuchak 5 / 10

Odd, talky town-bound Western with the charismatic Yul Brynner

RELEASED IN 1964 and directed by Richard Wilson, "Invitation to a Gunfighter" details events in a New Mexican town in Summer, 1965, when a Rebel Vet (George Segal) comes home to discover his small ranch sold by the local banker (Pat Hingle) and his fiancée (Janice Rule) married to a one-armed Union Vet (Clifford David). After a dubious killing, the town leaders employ a gunman to kill the former Confederate, a mysterious man-in-black from Louisiana (Yul Brynner).

This is such an offbeat Western it took me a while to catch a grip. Except for the scenic opening, the locations are confined to the town with lots of scenes taking place indoors. This and the fact that it's dialogue-driven rather than action-oriented give it a TV-Western vibe (the action mainly takes place at the close). You have to listen closely to catch all the verbiage.

Despite these arguable drawbacks, there are several things to appreciate, particularly Brynner's charisma as the mysterious gunfighter (he made baldness cool). There's a revelation about him in the last act that I didn't see coming. Rule plays a quality character and is easy on the eyes; plus it's interesting seeing Segal when he was so young. The tone's mostly serious with a couple worthy insights, but there are also some amusing moments, like when Jules Gaspard d'Estaing (Yul) gives instructions on the proper pronunciation of his name.

THE MOVIE RUNS 92 minutes and was shot in Arizona and Universal Studios, CA. WRITERS: Incredibly, there are five writers listed in the credits.

GRADE: B-/C+

Reviewed by bbr00ks 7 / 10

Worth Watching

I have always like westerns and would consider this one a must-see. It's quite dated in places with many of it's attitudes rooted in the 1950s and some really laughable dialog. But it's moral stance and it comments on society's treatment of it's poor, it's minorities, it's women, hits you like a slap to the face. It's always a pleasure to watch Yul Brenner at work and he really carries this movie. George Segal is okay as his presumed antagonist but the real bad guy(s) in this movie are not so easily identified. I was stunned to see how much of the plot of this movie influenced one of my favorite Westerns of all time - High Plains Drifter. The resemblance is uncanny - of course HPD does it better but still I have to recommend this to anyone who likes Westerns.

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