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October 1999, Week 5


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alloro55 <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 30 Oct 1999 14:32:11 -0700
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Why is it that Hollywood has seemed to abandon the genre of making Westerns? There have been only a few great ones made during the last fifty years. Only Shane comes to mind as the "standard" by which all others might be measured. The Magnificent Seven, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid  and The Wild Bunch would also rank high, but in recent times it appears that Hollywood is merely trying to attract younger audiences with Young Guns ( Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sutherland,) Wyatt Earp( both Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner versions), The Quick and The Dead( Sharon Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio).

Perhaps with the exception of a series of Clint Eastwood films (The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, The Unforgiven) the making of this type of film seems to be too risky for Hollywood or either a lost art form.

Any thoughts?

Alan L. Rousseau

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