THE PLOT THUS FAR
Romantic drama following the fortunes of a drifter named Beaudray Demerille who wins a young orphan named Wanda in a poker game and takes her gold prospecting in the Grand Canyon.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Peter Fonda plays a two-bit gambler who wins Brooke Shields, an orphan, in a poker game. As they try to find a fabled gold stash, Fonda and Shields are up against some vicious thieves, a vengeful Apache spirit, and even an avalanche. Henry Fonda makes a cameo appearance in this his only on-screen appearance with his son, Peter. Beau and Wanda stumble upon a rope ladder which is a clue to the cave hidden below the trail. Wanda was taught how to use a pistol. They find the veins of gold in the cave and pick up bags of nuggets.
When two killers find them there is a shoot-out at close range. Many shots are fired but no one is hit! The two killer run off. Will Beau and Wanda discard their winnings? They wake the next morning to find their mules missing. They have to walk out of the desert without food or water. The camera loved Brooke, no question, still and moving cameras alike, she was photogenic her entire life, but this nevertheless was a phase when watching her on screen was on the uncomfortable side. With all that I took a pass in 1979, and never really thought about it again. Brooke went on to have a credible career as a real adult, particularly on television, and particularly after she began making her own career decisions.
The DVD comes with no special features. But, you get amazing A/V Quality for a movie on a DVD-R disc. The audio also sounds much more cleaned up than the version I see floating around the foreign/unconfirmed bootleg market. The transfer still comes across a little rough, but that’s what you get for an unremastered film like this. I’d recommend a purchase for all Western comedy fans.
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