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Old November 10 2011, 05:26 PM   #847
Re: Movies Seen in 2011

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Another excellent Clint Eastwood western, his last in the 1970's, based off the book The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales by Forrest Carter. The story follows Josey Wales, a former Confederate bushwhacker, as he makes his way to Texas being chased by Union Red Boots. The action is great and there is a good deal of comedy mixed in, revolving around the character Lone Waite, but it works well and isn't forced.

Ben-Hur (1959)

An excellent example of the 1950's biblical/historical epic though it is rife with inaccuracies. Two examples: no Roman ship was oared by slaves, the Romans wanted to live through the battle and you needed excellent rowers to have a chance, and the Emperor Tiberius was secluded on the island of Capri in the era the film took place in leaving Aelius Sejanus in charge. That said, the production values are excellent and Charlton Heston put in a great performance. Unfortunately the Christian elements do feel as though they were placed in as an after thought which is not the case with the original book.
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