Thursday, March 31, 2011

3 Misleading Movie Trailers

When we can't be bothered to read reviews by an old grouch like Roger Ebert, or any of those tightasses they have at RottenTomatoes, we often turn to movie trailers to have a taste of what movies are like. Unfortunately, even then it's a hit-and-miss type of thing because let's face it, movie trailers is a form of promotion; editors paid by the same studio that made the films. Needless to say, they're not always honest.

But if it's a Michael Bay movie, then what you see is what you get...
The thing is, I don't really mind all that much if they were just holding out on us about something pivotal to the plot. After all, you wouldn't want the trailers to spoil the movie watching experience. The biggest offense here is when they sell a movie as something they are not. In other words, they just give a distorted impression of what the movies are really like.

Why? Well, it's simple really; the same reason the industry is called "Show Business". Here are just three recent examples I have on top of my head;

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Coming Soon : The Conspirator


Release Date : April 15th, 2011 (USA)
Director : Robert Redford
Starring : Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson

One of America's most celebrated presidents, Abraham Lincoln is in the limelight once again, 146th years after his demise. But this is not the in-development Lincoln biopic by Steven Spielberg. This movie is about the aftermath of his infamous assassination;


At first glance, it's a little hard to be excited about this one, particularly because the historical significance isn't really felt around these parts of the world. But don't let the setting throw you off, this movie does have that potential to cross cultural barriers since it's very much political, and it seems like it's mostly a courtroom drama.

It helps that veteran Hollywood star Robert Redford is also known for his other political thriller, Lions for Lambs [2007]. Critics gave that movie a hard time, but personally I didn't think it was too bad to have earned a 27% rating on RottenTomatoes.

Another reason to be excited is the solid star cast. One of today's favourite "everyman" actor, James McAvoy is in it, as well as Justin Long and Tom Wilkinson. I am hardly a fan of Robin Wright (Penn), but it does seem like she is perfectly suited for this role. It kind of reminds of that role aging actresses often take, where they will choose not to play on their sex appeal and try to be as dramatic as possible by looking unattractive.

In case you didn't catch that pop culture reference, I was referring to the likes of Charlize Theron (Like in Monster [2003])

Long story short, I am not holding my breath on this one, but it's been a while since I saw a good courtroom drama, so I hardly have any expectation whatsoever.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Breakthrough Roles #5

This is another easy one, probably because he hardly changed over time. Always good looking and all the while retaining his boyish good looks even when he's approaching his 40's. I bet you'd recognise him straightaway;


Yeap, it's Leonardo DiCaprio, one of my all-time favourite actors. Come to think of it, I didn't think of him that way until fairly recently. I might have mentioned this a while ago, but in case you missed it, I wasn't always a fan of DiCaprio. Thanks to his role in Titanic [1997] that had girls everywhere hug their knees, wishing they could have a guy like him.

The scene that gave headaches to ship captains everywhere...
Guys pretty much rolled their eyes and looked the other way. I was once one of those guys who didn't think much of him. But it's not at all his fault, really. In fact, much of it is mine; I tend to look elsewhere when Hollywood is transfixed on their flavour of the month. At the time I thought he was simply an ordinary actor who made it big due to his boyish good looks. Well, Titanic is a love story, what do you expect? It's grossly unfair to consider it as the pinnacle of his career.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Machinist [2004]

Director: Brad Anderson
Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Rating: Teen (brief sexuality, disturbing images)
Comment: "A bleak psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, that makes it good..."

Synopsis
A machinist, Trevor Reznik is suffering from chronic insomnia and it's beginning to take a toll on his life. After a year-long of struggle, strange things begin to happen around him, and the line separating reality and insanity is now a blur.

What to Expect
1. A bleak atmosphere
2. A very artistic presentation
3. Christian Bale's trademark of immersing himself into his role

What NOT to Expect
1. To be too fast-paced

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Awesome Sucker Punch Training Camp Featurette

"What Mamü? Another Sucker Punch entry?!!"

Aw, hell man... I told you I'm smitten.

Well, anyway, after a weekend, we can all now say for sure that Sucker Punch is one of those "love-it-or-hate-it" type of a movie. The praise as a visual spectacle is almost unanimous, while others argue that the story is a lot to be desired. I don't dispute that one bit since it is kind of true, Sucker Punch is indeed one of those movies that tried to be so many things once.

But that is only at a very peripheral level. The movie never did claim to be this year's biggest thought provoking film. What did it say?

"You will be unprepared"

So don't lie, you were indeed unprepared for what you saw.

Just one example was how they went from this...
... to this.
I can't get enough of Sucker Punch, although not to the extent I would wish for a sequel. Because that would somehow dilute whatever good memories I have about this one.

What I will wait for instead, is the Director's Cut of the movie! It had been reported that the movie was indeed supposed to feature our girls dancing, and a rather steamy love scene. I don't have anything on the latter, but here's a taste of how the dancing scenes are like;

Most Popular Product Placements

Familiar with the concept of product placement? Simply put, they're like the cinematic equivalent of commercial breaks for television shows. The only difference being the fact that product placements doesn't really deter from the movie watching experience.

Most of the time...


Yeap, it can sometimes be a hindrance. Other times it's just hilarious;

If the movie poster was honest...
When done tastefully, however, it can actually serve for the better of a movie, giving it that extra sense of realism. It works both ways, really. Companies provide some extra monetary benefits for the film-makers, and it return the companies get their money's worth when their products are featured in the movies. Our consumer-driven lives kind of called for these manufactured demands to be made.

In some rare cases, they might even have a cultural impact in their hands. As of right now, I can only recall reading about two of such examples, and they both took place in Hong Kong.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Darth Vader Without His Most Important Asset

Need I explain who Darth Vader is? Even for non-Star Wars fans, my left eyebrow would raise sky-high if you tell me that you don't have the faintest idea of who Darth Vader is.


Oh well. I'm not going to introduce Darth Vader here anyway. But a video I saw rather recently portrayed the Dark Lord of the Sith in a different light. Let me ask you this; "Why is Darth Vader such an iconic villain?"

Could it be the helmet? The sound of his breathing followed by his imposing presence? Sure, those three played as much role. But if you ask me, it's all largely due to this guy;


That, my non-geek friends, is James Earl Jones. Why did he play such an important role? Well, without him this is how Darth Vader would have sounded like;


Hilarious and not at all threatening. But you can't take any credit away from David Prowse, the guy in the Darth Vader suit. After all, without him Darth Vader would only be a disembodied voice.

Friday, March 25, 2011

What's the Deal with Sucker Punch?

A Sucker Punch Analysis
Love it or hate it, it's all out in the open now. Was it everything you hoped it would be? I certainly walked away feeling satisfied. But chances are, the lingering question roaming atop of everyone's mind by now must be, "What's the deal with all that?"


Was it purely an eye candy? Or was there some subliminal messages for the audience to spot?

Such thoughts are not unfounded, I must say. I don't know what director Zack Snyder was going for when he wrote and directed the movie, and I certainly don't have any Hollywood insiders cluing me on the matter. So if you're going to quote me on this, bear in mind that my two cents here only qualify as a fan(boy) theory.

Here I go again, trying to tackle the common perceptions about the movie and try to have a say in the matter. You can either take it or leave it, I make no attempt whatsoever to be the ultimate voice of reason here. Just a reminder, I suggest you don't read on unless you've seen the movie first, and you're willing to read into it just a little bit more.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lost in Translation?

Funny error in translation, found at the Cathay Cineplex website.


Say whaaaat?!

The Hobbit Begins Production (Finally!)

After a long dispute between Peter Jackson and studio executives, they had apparently reached some sort of a settlement. But I'm not going to report about that because I'm more pleased with the news that the long-awaited Lord of the Rings prequel is now fresh starting its production, roughly two days ago.

Unofficial photo (Artist unknown)
It's been quite some time since I read the book, but I wouldn't advice you to peg this movie along the likes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's true that they are of the same franchise, but The Hobbit is very different in tone and scale. While the trilogy were basically a medieval warfare interspersed with Frodo's quest, The Hobbit is strictly a quest movie, with one climactic battle in the end.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sucker Punch [2011]

Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung
Genre: Action/Fantasy
Rating: Teen (horrific images)
Comment: "Crazy, wild, a little silly at times and I loved every second of it..."

Synopsis
After the death of their mother, Baby Doll and her little sister find themselves at the mercy of their abusive stepfather. All bets are off, however, when he finds out that his late wife leaves him with virtually no share of the family heirloom, instead all was left to her two daughters. In an act of self-defense, Baby Doll accidentally had her sister killed, while her stepfather walks away with only minor injuries. But that was enough for him to build a case against her, hence Baby Doll is admitted to an insane asylum. Amidst her woes and despair, it is here where Baby Doll learns that life is not about what happens to you, but rather it's about what you make of it.

What to Expect
1. Exactly as advertised; Alice in Wonderland with machine guns
2. Uber-stylistic ballet of violence
3. Hot girls
4. A crazy, imaginative world
5. A jarring change in tone towards the end
6. Hot girls

What NOT to Expect
1. For it to make a whole lot of sense (but that's a strength, really)
Mamümeter

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Favourites #5: Martial Arts Movies

They sure don't make martial arts movie the way they used to. Sure, you can see elements of it incorporated into virtually any kind of movie; may it be science fiction like The Matrix [1999] to the newer James Bond movies. What I'm talking about here are martial arts movie in the truest sense of the genre;

Martial arts movies are really about an alternate universe where authority figures doesn't seem to exist, and regardless of the nature of dispute, everything can be solved by the good ol' street justice. Whoever can kick ass in ways cooler than the opponent (usually the protagonist) wins, and they can rest assured that there will be no repercussions whatsoever.

"Lawsuit? What's that?"
The Mafia is extorting your restaurant for money? Don't call the police, just call for backup in the form of a kung-fu master from Hong Kong. Poachers stole your elephant? Don't call for the wildlife authority, try tracking it down yourself, yell "where's my elephant?!" in every room you break into and proceed by breaking the bones of everyone who give you quizzical looks.

Caught my drift yet? 

Nobody watches martial arts movies to get awed by the story, or to be blown away by some critical social commentaries. Instead, it's really about watching people who are very light on their feet doing things that makes us look down on our flabby stomachs with shame. If you're watching it for the story, you are missing the point, and not to mention missing out on the spectacular human feats. However, you will notice the complete absence of wuxia movies because... well, even I draw the line somewhere.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

5 Dorky Actors Who Look Cool in Real Life

Some you may have seen before, while others sink into anonymity once the lights are out. Yeap, just like the title suggests, I'm going to talk about some of the dorkiest characters you've ever seen in movies or on television shows. While these characters are very memorable for how dorky they were, it's easy to forget that those are actors bringing the characters to life, and it's even easier to be surprised to know how different they look or act in real life.

Here are just some of the examples I have on top of my head.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

3 Most Implausible Action Sequences

Alright, so nobody expects to see Newton's Law playing too much role in the making of movies. If anything, we would prefer for it if they take some liberties with physics because if we want to see things fall rightly into place like they do in real life, we would just go outside and throw something, or tip something over.

Heck, for the most part we go for movies so we don't have to deal with reality. But please, at the very least meet us half-way. Some action sequences seen in movies are so over-the-top, I could just imagine physicists all over the world getting nightmares, waking up in the middle of the night in cold sweat screaming "THAT'S BULLSHIT!!"

"Screw you, Michael Bay..."
Of course, I could take the easy way and list down some Rajinikanth action movies, but that's like taking a cheap shot at the balls of a really scrawny guy who got his hands tied behind his back. I am mostly about Hollywood movies, so let's just go with that. Now, I should tell you that I am not basing this on any theory or research. I am no physicist nor do I claim to be. But I do have plenty of common sense to go around.

5 Most Impressive Low-Budget Movies

Big budgets does not always equal good movies, although it definitely helps. That is pretty much the convention that goes around, and it's hard to argue against that because the most successful movies are really the ones that feature explosions, cutting-edge special effects and show a lot of skin.

Although advertised as such, S1m0ne [2002] was none of those things...
However, that is not always the case since there are movies made under the budget of $1 million that still made headlines. What they did to "compensate" for the lack of cha-ching was to take movies back to the original reason why people go to the movies in the first place; to see a good story. The best part? They did it without making the movies look cheap.

Most of these movies made profits more than ten times their budgets, making their producers really happy but more importantly, most of these movies launched the careers of film-makers, allowing them to tell stories the way the had always envisioned; with more budget.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Coming Soon: Your Highness


Release Date : June 23rd, 2011 (Malaysia) - subject to change
Director : David Gordon Green
Starring : Danny McBride, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman ♥, Justin Theroux

This movie is going to come across as being very weird. If you think A Knight's Tale [2001] was very anachronistic, it's going to look pale and very subtle in comparison to this period piece co-written by Danny McBride himself. I guess the best way to explain it would be, if you take all those Judd Apatow-esque humour and take it back to the Middle-ages. Check it out;


Favourites #4: Directors

Woody Allen by William Medeiros
If you remember correctly, I've already featured a favourite director of mine, it was an entry about Quentin Tarantino. But believe it or not, if I were to list down my favourite directors ever, he wouldn't actually be in my Top five.

So without further ado, here's my list of Favourite Directors; whose works I immensely enjoy, and it has nothing to do with their popularity or how much money their movies made. These guys don't just tell a story, they take us into different worlds.

Some are new, others had long established themselves as iconic Hollywood directors. But they all have one thing in common; I'd go see their movies in a heartbeat.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Coming Soon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those kinda underrated actors. Sure, he's not exactly a diamond in the rough or anything, with the television show 3rd Rock From The Sun [1996-2001] already made him a household name. But the dude could really use more exposure now that it's turn for actors born in the '80s to shine. After (500) Days of Summer [2009] and Christopher Nolan's Inception [2010], it does appear that he's starting to really make his mark with another two very interesting movies slated for release this year. Rumour has it that he also has been cast in the third and final Christopher Nolan Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises [2012]

Gritty Re-imaginings That Could Be Cool

I love cartoons. Regardless of what era you were raised in, cartoons were probably some of the first things you see on the television. As an adult I still love cartoons, although some of the innocence lost means most of the things I see appear kind of diluted or watered-down. But then a couple of years ago, I saw this;

Art by spacecoyote
I thought it was mighty awesome, although applying this in the actual The Simpsons television show means it will lose almost all of its charm. So no, I'm not suggesting that anime-nising The Simpsons might be a good idea. It's just that, a couple of nights ago I came across this fan art yet again, and that got me thinking about some gritty reboots of a movie or television series that might be cool.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles [2011]

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ramon Rodriguez
Genre: Science Fiction/War
Rating: Teen (horrific images)
Comment: "It feels like it's a war movie first, and science fiction second..."

Synopsis
It begins as a series of meteorites crashing into the face of our planet. But it turns out to be the least of our worries as extraterrestrial lifeforms emerge from the dust, and they made their intent clear; they are on a mission to annihilate all that inhabit this planet. As every other nation in the world suffers from the same crisis, the movie shifts its focus to the battle taking place in Los Angeles.

What to Expect
1. A slow start
2. Intense battle scenes
3. A very human alien invasion movie
4. To shed a few manly tears

What NOT to Expect
1. Retarded alien weakness(es)
2. CGI masturbation
Mamümeter

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ridiculous Complaints About Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa [2011]

The full title of this post is actually "Complaints About Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa By People Who Don't Know What They're Talking About", but that's a tad too long, and I didn't want to shorten it to "Complaints About Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa By Dumbasses" because... well, that wouldn't be very nice now, would it?

Nevertheless, it made my intent very clear. You all know by now that I gave Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa [2011] a nod of approval, and also a very favourable review. Not surprisingly, not everybody feels the same way as I do.

"NOOOO!!!!"
I don't have the statistics for it, but virtually everybody is saying that it was good "for a Malaysian movie". Now, I don't do that as a general rule. I never put the country of origin into consideration whenever I review a movie. Which is why you may or may not have noticed that I'm a harsh critic of Yusof Haslam. I think the dude is better off doing acting rather than making movies.

Okay, maybe not... I take that back!!
Another craptastic film maker would be Razak Mohaideen. I gotta tell you, I wouldn't waste my time watching Cinta this or Cinta that, along with other movies of similar "quality" (and I'm using that term very, very lightly) like Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah [2011]. If you ask me they should just send all their movies back to that garbage dump where they came from, and sell their brains to the black market while they're at it. Maybe someone will have better use for 'em.


But this isn't about me. This is me seeing Malaysia's prevalent culture of double-standard rearing its ugly head once again, and this time Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa is the victim. I understand if you don't find it entertaining because it just didn't click with you, maybe you're not a fan of the genre. After all, you can't force someone to love a local movie just because it's homemade, the same way you can't force people to love Nasi Lemak or durian just because it's a Malaysian delicacy.

But please, if you were to criticise a movie, please do so for what it was, rather than for what it was not. Check out this very lengthy review of the movie by some douche. I chose this one because it somehow encapsulates the general opinion of those not in favour of the movie;


I bet the dude was very proud of himself, crying out "You just got owned, bitch!" as he finished that last sentence. Well, if you'd like to hear my two cents, here are some of the common complaints about the movie, and my attempt to squish 'em all like little bugs.

The Complaints


Monday, March 14, 2011

Showdown #4: Most Diabolical

Welcome ladies and gents, to Showdown #4! We've been having a good run lately, with the previous Showdowns offering you a different outlook on characters and movies and I appreciate any feedback, even if it's just one. Speaking of the previous Showdown, it sparked an interest to see a showdown of villains. Now, although I wouldn't exactly be doing that, I trust this won't be disappointing anyway...?


Although I'm not a big fan of recycling materials, I can't help but immediately make a connection between the two when you mention either one. You see; they're both anarchists, both have little need for material possessions but most importantly, they're both rebels against the modern day conventions and went to great lengths to burn it all to the ground.

So what title will they be competing for? It has to do with what they both do best, and that is being a diabolical mastermind. This, is a Showdown for the title of Most Diabolical.

Coming Soon: The Smurfs


Release Date : August 4th, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director : Raja Gosnell
Starring : Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara
Smurfs Voice Cast : Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, George Lopez

It's a little bizarre take on the source material, but they're actually making it. I suppose it's only a matter of time after the success of other CGI/live-action films like Alvin and The Chipmunks [2007], its 2009 sequel and to a certain extent, the two Garfield movies. Now it's time for another childhood favourites to make a film adaptation, the cartoon series of Belgian origin, The Smurfs.


They're not fooling anyone with this. Even for someone who's only vaguely familiar with The Smurfs would recall that the story takes place in a very fairy tale-like forest. So what drove the decision to take them into the city we'll never know, the people on YouTube are especially vocal about this, hilariously dubbing it as Smurfs in the City.

I can only assume that they had a decent idea going, employing well-loved actors like Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Jays and Hank Azaria to provide the live-action acting. Of course, it helps that they also hired a director whose work mostly dwells in family-friendly movies, with movies like Home Alone 3 [1997], Big Momma's House [2000] and the Scooby-Doo film adaptations.

My verdict? Well, it's gonna be a family movie after all. Good laughs and funny moments, but nothing less and nothing more.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

5 Most Gratuitously Shirtless Guys

I don't know the history of it, but guys walking around topless had long been acceptable in any culture. It's a little tricky over here, nobody mind seeing a man topless, but somehow performing on-stage without a shirt on is treated like a blasphemy *snigger*.

A grossly overblown "controversy", if you even want to call it that...
With regard to movies, however, nobody in their right mind would complain about seeing some skin, especially if the situation calls for it. But there's also a downside to that, since there are guys who would stop at nothing to take their shirts off for at least one scene in every movie they have been in. Clearly an eye candy aimed for those with the XX chromosome, or maybe these guys simply enjoy the attention, all the while making every other guy feel bad about their flab.

I'm just kidding. I have no problem whatsoever with these guys taking their shirts off for a living. I just think it's funny, and pointing things out is one of the things that I do best.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Favourites #3: Tough Guy Actors

As we discussed fairly recently, this segment of the blog will feature either movies, directors, actors or anything relevant to movies, things that I like. This time around we're gonna look at my favourite Tough Guy actors. Please note that Tough Guy actors does not always mean "Action star". How do they differ? Well, it's pretty self-explanatory that they are nothing like Edward Gaylen or Zac Gayfron, that much is clear.

So perhaps this little graphic will shed some light on the matter?


So with that in mind, here are some actors known for playing tough guys. Some are just good at it, others because they can't really play anything else.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa [2011]

Director: Yusri "KRU" Abdul Halim
Cast: Stephen Rahman-Hughes, Gavin Stenhouse, Craig Robert Fong, Jing Lusi
Genre: Action/Historical Fantasy
Rating: Teen (violence, blood and gore)
Comment: "Patriotism aside, it was still a great movie..."

Synopsis
Loosely based on the ancient literature of the same name, Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa chronicles the rise of a seafaring vagrant who later becomes the founder of a proud kingdom after a chance meeting with a Roman prince. It starts as a straightforward escort mission, but quickly turns sour when they get caught in a war between local tribes.

What to Expect
1. Action-packed
2. Thrilling action
3. No overacting
4. Funny and tasteful comedy
5. Beautiful cinematography
6. Clever details

What NOT to Expect
1. Uda dan Dara, Romeo & Juliet type of romantic subplot
2. Slow-pace
Let's see what the Mamümeter has to say;



Coming Soon: Red Riding Hood


Release Date : April 21st, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director : Catherine Hardwicke
Starring : Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Lukas Haas

I wouldn't be so quick to accuse director Catherine Hardwicke of cashing in on her Twilight [2008] fame. She is a very respectable director with movies like Thirteen [2003] and Lords of Dogtown [2005] under her belt. It wasn't until Twilight when she received this worldwide recognition. But rightfully so because she took a 400 page novel about Bella creaming her panties thinking about how hot Edward Cullen is, and turn it into a very entertaining movie for girls and guys alike (Well, at least guys like me).

With regards to Red Riding Hood however, it's hard to argue if someone were to compare it to Twilight because... Well, just look at it;

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Favourites #2: Psychological Thrillers

At first, I simply sought to write about some of my favourite thriller movies. Little that I know it would be this hard. You see, I thought I'd start with thrillers because I initially thought that out of all genres, I don't have that many to choose from when it comes to thriller movies. But then I sat down and started listing down some of the thriller movies that I've enjoyed watching... I ended up having a list of nearly a hundred titles.

No, that won't do. So I narrowed it down to just Psychological thrillers, the sub-genre I enjoy the most out of all thriller movies. After that I narrowed it down further to thrillers with similar feel, atmosphere and scope just to give it a sense of validity. These are the ones in the top ten.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monthly Classics #3


Release Date : April 4th, 1959
Director : Howard Hawks
Starring : John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson

Synopsis
A small-town sheriff bites off more than he can chew when he arrests Nathan Burdette for murder. Problem is, This Nathan Burdette is the younger brother of a wealthy but corrupt rancher, and they didn't take too kindly with the law forcing their hands. Sheriff John T. Chance only has with him his rifle and his two Deputies Dude and Stumpy, a drunkard and a cripple, respectively.

(From left) Dude, Sheriff John T. Chance and Stumpy.
With no means of getting Burdette transferred to the county jail, or getting help from out of town, Sheriff Chance has no choice but to wait for the U.S Marshall to come, all the while fending off Burdette's henchmen as well as keeping his town in order.

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