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Barbarosa [Import]

Willie Nelson , Gary Busey , Fred Schepisi    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Barbarosa (Willie Nelson), a gnarly ex-Texas Ranger turned bandit, lives by his wits and his prowess with a gun. Prowling the lonesome deserts of the Southwest, the wily fugitive meets Karl (Gary Busey), a young, eager farmhand out of his element, forced to run after accidentally killing his brother-in-law. Together, the outlaw and the outcast outwit their bloodthirsty pursuers in this legendary story of betrayal, misunderstanding, honor and dignity. Brought vividly to the screen by director Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne", "Six Degrees of Separation" and "I.Q.").

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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior Western July 29 2003
Format:DVD
One of the best unknown Westerns of the last 20 years or so, Barbarosa stars Willie Nelson and Gary Busey in a story of revenge and honor. Nelson plays a ex-Texas Ranger, Barbarosa, who's now a lone bandit, preying on rich Mexicans. During a disagreement, he formerly crippled his father-in-law to be, a Mexican landowner and still deeply loves the landowner's daughter with whom he has had a daughter.
Busey is a Texas farmhand who accidentally killed his brother-in-law--his sister's husband--and is now out on his own, pursued by his brother-in-law's two brothers for revenge. Similarly, Barbarosa is being pursued by the landowner's top gun, a fiery Mexican who vows Barbarosa's death.
The two, Nelson and Busey, meet by accident and join up for a time. During that time we get to see the West as it very likely really looked about 100 years ago (more specifically, the Southwest--i.e., southern Texas); the cinematography is magnificent. One of the critical ingredients in any great Western is great cinematography and that is very much in display here. As well, the score by Bruce Smeaton is excellent.
Nelson and Busey do a great job--their accents certainly don't hurt (both men are originally from that part of the U.S.), and so does the supporting cast. Fred Schepisi, the director, has a perfect sense of pacing and momentum that pulls the viewer along with very little tugging indeed. Armadillos figure in the mix, as do old men with guns and younger men buried up to their necks. There's a hacienda, a cantina, and an outdoor festival. The film drips with Western atmosphere, no question.
Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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By Larry
Format:VHS Tape
The first time I saw this video was many years ago when visiting some friends. Several times since then, I have tried to find this video, and have requested several video stores attempt to locate this video. I happened to be using Amazon.com for other purposes, and ran across this search tool. They located the video, and now I am going to own it, too! Barbarosa is down to earth, very Westernish, some foul language, but not more than what we may hear often. The story is great, and many who seek good entertainment (for mature ears, parents). Once you see it, you will want to see it again and again. Maybe not in the same weekend, but again, anyway. I recommend it highly, for those who enjoy buying videos for their home library. You will want to show it to your friends. Remember, not all people might get as much out of this as I did, but the movie is a HOOT! I hope you enjoy it, too. Fact is, if you don't mind, let me know how you liked it. My e-mail is larrywilliamsjr@juno.com. You know, I forgot to mention that Gary Busee is also in this flick. He is MUCH younger than you have seen him in other videos. The movie is rather graphic in a couple of spots, but get ready to laugh when you see this show. I reckon I have bored you to tears with this lengthy review, but I am glad I finally found it, and when I get off here, I am going to buy it! () Adios ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full screen version of a 2:35 film March 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Beware. Artisan has only released a full-screen version of this movie. If aspect ratio is important to you, don't buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is The Scene..? April 27 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I may be the only person in the Western world that saw the cut of this movie where Gilbert Roland explains to the young killer, Eduardo, the reason that the vendetta is carried on. Don Braulio did, and does, it deliberately, to raise the Zavala family from peonage and give the family purpose. Don Braulio asks Eduardo how he will keep the family motivated when it is his turn to be the head of the family. This is the reason that Eduardo shouts "Barbarosa" at the end, when he KNOWS Barbarosa is dead. The scene takes place in the same room where Don Braulio is first informed that "Barbarosa is dead!" and before they go out to make the announcement to the assembled family. If anybody saw this scene, it would be great for my mental health to know I am not the only one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A personal connection. March 11 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I found out about this movie by accident. My wife and I stayed at a bed and breakfast called the "1865 Homestead" in the hill country close to Fredericksburg, Texas. We found out that some of the scenes of the movie were filmed there. After returning to our home in Fort Worth, we found the movie, bought it, and watched it. We really liked it, especially when we saw our bed and breakfast in the opening scenes and close to the end. The first scene is where the coffins are leaning againt the barn and the last scene is where Gary Busey comes back to confront the parents. It was really cool to know we were standing in the same place! Oh yeah, the movie was good too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure Western... Great Movie Aug. 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Obscure western from the early 80s starring Willie Nelson and Garey Busey. Good drama; great cinematography; excellent soundtrack.
Willie Nelson plays Barbarossa, an ex-Texas Ranger kept away from his Mexican wife because of a vendetta from his father-in-law who is also the pueblo's elder chieftain. Nelson soon encounters Busey roaming in the desert as an outcast from his own family feud. They soon join together as desperadoes roaming the Sonoran desert while evading men of the pueblo who seek to carry out their jefe's vendetta.
The acting is excellent and all of the characters are given depth. A very touching story. Definitely worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A (should have been) Western Classic!!
This is such a great, albeit almost unknown, western! A great, classic storyline and wonderful acting! It's a movie you'll want for your Western collection!
Published 8 months ago by Byron Wolters
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie
this is one of THE best written movies ever made, the acting makes the writing even better, and the music brings it all together. the final scene is simply wonderful. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by zenga
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western from some of the Lonesome Dove folks
A fine mythic Western from writer Bill Witliff and with good performances from Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, George Voskovec, Isela Vega and Gilbert Roland. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Western - one of the best ever
It was hard for me, as a country music hater, to find any interest in Willie Nelson, but in complete contrast to his music, I think he makes a fantastic character in a western. Read more
Published on May 1 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars you will rewatch this one.
The story is times, one time end and the next time is just beganing. Willie weather face addes so much to the story. You can believe that he just may have lived this story. Read more
Published on April 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done little film
Nelson is right on as Barbarosa. Ranks in my top five westerns, mostly because of its honest story and realism. Nelson really does well in this flick.
Published on March 29 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars a GREAT western, a classic
This is one of my favorite alltime movies, as a collector with over 400 titles in my collection, I am glad it is finally available, a must own for collectors that want a good... Read more
Published on March 19 1999 by GIRLLEO@AOL.COM
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