Alvarez Kelly

1966

Western

3
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 1835

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Cast

William Holden as Alvarez Kelly
Scatman Crothers as Bellhop
Richard Widmark as Col. Tom Rossiter
Harry Carey Jr. as Cpl. Peterson
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768.95 MB
1280*544
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 56 min
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1.63 GB
1920*816
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 56 min
P/S 1 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 5 / 10

An oddball battle

'Alvarez Kelly' did have things going for it. Civil War westerns always peak interest, and then you have William Holden and Richard Widmark, who are immensely talented on their own but the dynamite explodes even more when together.

One just wishes that 'Alvarez Kelly' was much better than it was. It is easy to see why some would be enamoured by it, and every bit as easy to see why others would be frustrated. Even more so if, like me who is still not sure what to make of the film and still on the fence, you are in neither extreme and found it not a waste of time but far from great. There are a good deal of things that do work in 'Alvarez Kelly', there are also a lot of things that don't.

Holden and Widmark are the reasons to see the film. Holden plays his role in a way that's very commanding and compelling to watch, there is a tough guy charisma that translates believably on screen. Widmark's accent may be patchy, but his sinister intensity and charisma cannot be denied and are also very much evident. Their chemistry, as rivals and enemies, is terrific and explodes like dynamite.

Patrick O'Neal is decent in his role, the only other one other than Holden's and Widmark's that isn't so badly misjudged. 'Alvarez Kelly' is beautifully shot, with lots of atmosphere, grit, beauty and majestic sweep. The scenery and costumes are evocative. There is some wit in the script, some of the action excites, especially the climax, while the music rouses and the theme song is very much memorable.

Conversely, the story tends to be paced ponderously, with too many scenes not going very far if anywhere, and is further disadvantaged by constantly being side-tracked. Meaning the tone is wildly inconsistent (from jokey at first and then jarringly changes to a more serious tone) and the story structure is so unfocused and sprawling that the storytelling lacks clarity. The direction is routine at best.

With the exceptions of Holden, Widmark and to a lesser extent O'Neal, the rest of the cast are poorly used, underwritten and with little to do, this is including the two leading ladies that have the beauty but not the screen presence thanks to their blandly written roles. The script is vapid and oddball while also being over-reliant on talk, very little of it interesting and sometimes relevant. The one-sidedness may put some off.

In conclusion, apart from the production values, music, the odd bit of wit and excitement and performances and chemistry between the two leads, 'Alvarez Kelly' is heavily problematic. 5/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by denis888 1 / 10

Wasted 90 Minutes

I hated this awful mess of a movie. Mind you again, I like US Civil War Movies a lot and think I have watched them all. Almost all. So, this one is based on a real event of 1864, the premise is cool, actors, Mr. Holden as a main one, are great, the scenery is nice, and yeah there are many beautiful ladies in the plot. What can possibly go wrong? Well, everything. The pace, the tone, the mood, the setting, even the dialogues - all seem to be as odd as oil on vinegar all mixed with water and mercury. The plot is OK, but very quickly loses its momentum and gains only laughable predictability and sheer "Have I seen this before" feeling. Yeah, it reminds all the previously seen films and smack strongly of a half-baked second-rate raw pancake. What is worse, this war movie does not convince. It does not deliver a message or a moral, it only crawls along like a wounded cow (pun intended) and leaves a trail of stench boredom. Yawn. Rating - zero

Reviewed by dalet-24088 8 / 10

Very good movie

I have seen this movie several times over the years and from time to time is worth watching again. The cast is very good with William Holden and Richard Widmark who were big stars in their day. Although there is some violence the movie otherwise doesn't have any nudity or profanity. I liked the story.

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