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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Michael Winner's Vietnam-Era Western 'Chato's Land,' Starring Charles Bronson

Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Michael Winner's Vietnam-Era Western 'Chato's Land,' Starring Charles Bronson
Way Out Westerns! continues at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing "Chato's Land," Michael Winner’s cynical, violent Vietnam-era western pits stoic lone Apache Charles Bronson against a colorful posse of rapists and murderers led by Jack Palance and a really good cast. “The scream of his victims is the only sound he makes!” was the ad line. Tfh Guru Landis was actually there on the set to provide belated reportage.
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Michael Winner obituary

Flamboyant film director, best known for Death Wish, and later an outspoken restaurant critic and bon vivant

Michael Winner, who has died aged 77, supplied interviewers with a list of more than 30 films he had directed, not always including the early travelogue This Is Belgium (1956), mostly shot in East Grinstead. But his enduring work was himself – a bravura creation of movies, television, journalism, the law courts and a catchphrase, ''Calm down, dear", from an exasperating series of television commercials.

He was born in London, the only child of George and Helen Winner, who were of Russian and Polish extraction respectively. His builder father made enough money propping up blitzed houses to invest in London property. The profits funded his wife's gambling, which, her son complained, so distracted "Mumsie" that he was never paid due attention. She left him in the bedroom with the mink coats of guests who came to his
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R.I.P. Michael Winner (1935 - 2013)

British filmmaker Michael Winner has passed away aged 77 at his home in Kensington, his wife has confirmed today. Born in Hampstead, London in 1935, Winner began his career as a showbiz columnist before securing his first writing credit in 1958, penning the script for Montgomery Tully's Man with a Gun. Several writing and directing credits soon followed before helming his feature-length debut in 1962 with the nudist comedy Some Like It Cool. Several British features followed throughout the decade, including four of six contributions with Oliver Reed - The System (1964), The Jokers (1967), I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) and Hannibal Brooks (1969) - the latter of which attracted the attention of Hollywood.

In 1971, winner directed his first American feature Lawman, before embarking on a series of collaborations with Charles Bronson, including Chato's Land (1972), The Mechanic (1972), The Stone Killer (1972) and what would ultimately be his best-known feature, 1974's Death Wish. Following Death Wish, Winner branched out
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Director/Writer Michael Winner Dead At Age 77

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Director Michael Winner has died in his native England at age 77. Winner's star rose in the early to mid 1960s with a string of innovative comedies such as The Jokers and I'll Never Forget What's'isname, that perfectly tapped into the emerging London "mod scene".  His eclectic range of movies covered many genres, from Westerns to WWII to urban crime thrillers. Among his more notable titles were Lawman, Chato's Land, Scorpio, Hannibal Brooks, The Games, The Sentinel, The Nightcomers, The Mechanic and The Stone Killer. His greatest and most unexpected success was the 1974 film Death Wish starring Charles Bronson which was released at a time when societies worldwide were bristling at an explosion of urban crime and the perception that the current laws were not protecting them. The film tapped into a vigilante sentiment in its depiction of a New York liberal who takes the law into  his
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Michael Winner: 'The only purpose of life is to avoid boredom'

The notorious film director on cheating death, the awfulness of restaurants – and how he can't stand boring people

It is with a mixture of fear and exhilaration that I approach Michael Winner's large house – he likes to describe it as a mansion – in London's fashionable Holland Park. God knows how much it's worth – £25m maybe. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin lives next door, in an even bigger house. An attractive, slightly forbidding young woman answers the door – I later discover she is a resting actress called Ruby – and she shows me into Winner's private cinema, filled with memorabilia from half a lifetime of movie-making and an entire lifetime of trouble-making.

There are seats for 30 people, a bar, a director's chair with Winner's name on it, the Winner puppet from Spitting Image, a signed photograph of Marilyn Monroe, pictures of some scantily clad starlets, and hundreds of photographs of stars
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Cinema Retro Issue #14 Now En Route To All Subscribers

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Those Brits who subscribe to Cinema Retro can stop gloating over already having the latest issue of the magazine. We can now report that issue #14 arrived in the USA and was shipped immediately to all subscribers in North America. For those of you who have still not taken the plunge and subscribed, try resisting this:

Our 8 Page Film In Focus: Director Jack Cardiff'S Cult Hit Girl On A Motorcycle Starring Alain Delon And Marianne Faithfull - The Full Behind-the-scenes Story With Dozens Of Rare, Sexy Photosexclusive Interview: Oscar Nominee James Caan Recalls His Early Days In The Film Industry As Well As Making El Dorado With John Wayne, Robert Mitchum And Howard Hawks.Exclusive Interview: Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Recalls Making The Wild Bunch, Willard And The Poseidon Adventureexclusive Interview: Karen Black On Working With Alfred Hitchcock On Family Plotexclusive Interview: Screenwriter Gerry Wilson On The Making Of The
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Shawshank Actor James Whitmore Dead at 87

James Whitmore, the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater has died on Friday. He was 87. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was diagnosed with lung cancer the week before Thanksgiving and died Friday afternoon at his Malibu home. His long-running "Give 'em Hell, Harry," tracing the life of the 33rd president, was released as a theatrical movie in 1975. Whitmore was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor, marking the only time in Oscar history that an actor has been nominated for a film in which he was the only cast member. His Teddy Roosevelt portrait, "Bully," was also converted into a movie. Whitmore appeared in war movies (Battleground), in Westerns (The Last Frontier, Chato's Land), musicals (Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!), science fiction (Planet of the Apes, Them), dramas (The Asphalt Jungle, The Shawshank Redemption) and comedies (Mr. O'Malley and Mrs. Malone, The Great Diamond Robbery.
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