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Charro!

Elvis Presley , Ina Balin , Charles Marquis Warren    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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In a rare strictly dramatic role, Elvis is a former outlaw attempting to go straight. His efforts are complicated by some old associates who frame him for the robbery of a Mexican treasure.

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Format:VHS Tape
Elvis' last few movies seem to be among the better of the lot, and "Charro" is one of them. An obvious attempt to cash in on the "spaghetti western" phenomenon of the late 60's, "Charro" isn't half bad. I get the feeling the original storyline was more mature and more violent, but was watered down to play to Elvis' "family-friendly" audience. Also, it feels as though some scenes were edited out that might have helped the story progress, but were sacrificed either by an inept editor or an attempt to keep the film G-rated. I wager that had the film kept that harder edge, it would have rivaled "Flaming Star" as Elvis' best western film. As it is, though, it's still a valiant effort by a man who so dearly wanted to be taken seriously as an actor but was never given a chance because of a manager who was more concerned with dollar signs than the ambitions of his client. *A NOTE TO THOSE CONCERNED WITH FILM QUALITY* My copy of "Charro" was put out by Warner Bros. and is arguably the best version available, although the "pan & scan" is painfully obvious sometimes. I have seen versions of "Charro" put out by other video companies and they are horrible! If possible, get the Warner Bros. release and no other.
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3.0 out of 5 stars E for Effort March 15 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"Charro!" is a better movie than they give it credit for. OK, so it might be similar to a Clint Eastwood "spaghetti" western, but so what? Of all the things to be similar to, that is not among the worst things to be. At least they tried to have a good composer for the score, and put Elvis in a different setting than at the beach, or on the race track, or being a guy who works at a gas station or is a truck driver or flips burgers(or whatever) and gets discovered and becomes a singing success, like he usually did. And not is it just simply in a different setting, it wasn't a Western musical either, which they could have easily done. It was a seriously done movie and was well-acted. I think that's why Elvis wasn't in more serious, non-musicals all through his movie career, because of what critics would say about Elvis' image being "changed, to no particular effect" and then less Elvis fans would come to see the movie. That's why they didn't make more movies like "Flaming Star" and "Wild In The Country", which are now considered among Elvis' best, because they didn't make as much money as "GI Blues" before them(a musical). And the Colonel was all about making money, not necessarily quality movies or songs that Elvis believed in or enjoyed singing. So please think twice before you criticize "Charro!". At least they gave it an honest effort.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Low Key Western Doesn't Cut It June 14 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Elvis Presley's only movie that wasn't a drama or comedy with songs or a straight Hollywood Musical - the only Elvis song is the well-produced title song heard over the opening credits. As many folks have said, this one was an attempt to get Elvis in the Clint Eastwood mold and do something "different". It seems that the original plan to include exciting fight scenes (which Elvis actually excelled at!) and more traditional stuff was deemed politically incorrect at the time, so we have the star basically in a trance while the town he is supposed to protect gets constantly hit by cannon fire from his former friends. The storyline stays in neutral until the welcome "End". There are some interesting things from his post-"formula" era - unfortunately there is not one memorable scene in this film. (The Audience Bewilderment Factor [of 7] supplants the Embarrassment Factor).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie BAD QUALITY Oct. 29 2001
By George
Format:DVD
This DVD should never have been released like this. The picture is really bad and the sound, it sounds like a record. Some places seem like the tracking is out of order and others you can't make out the pictures. It looks like the movie was taped off tv in wide screen format than it looks as though someone took a camera and put it in front of the tv screen and did a pan and scan version of it. There are lines (like that of a vcr recording) all the way through the movie.The sound drove me up the wall it was so bad. The reason I say it was recorded off tv is because the beginning and the end are cut and before the end theme is over there's a warner television distribution logo. Maybe I'm wrong but the quality just flat out sucks.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The King of Pain Aug. 3 1999
Format:VHS Tape
"Charro!" is a dull western that gives Elvis Presley virtually nothing to work with in terms of scripting and direction. However, there are a few noteworthy aspects. The neck-branding scene is perhaps the most sadistic moment in Elvis cinema -- it's rare to see the King endure such excruciating pain. In addition, his character doesn't break into song (a wise decision). There also is an intriguing sequence where Elvis is a solitary figure walking across the Arizona desert -- no rear projection or movie extras in sight. It's one of the few naturalistic moments in a Presley film. Overall, this is a misguided attempt to duplicate the success of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. Elvis deserved better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pass the Pills June 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
No wonder Elvis took "Prescription Medication" making dreadful movies like this. It's so awful words cannot describe. It looks cheap, nasty, badly acted, badly directed, badly edited with no story. It's just awful.
What on earth was going on in his and the Colonel's heads thinking that fans would put up with watching this crap at the movies when you had the real deal in Clint Eastwood. Even at the time it was made, Westerns were going out of fashion.
This was, thank God, one of the last movies he made. I'm a big Elvis Fan but could not bear to watch it twice.
The DVD is bad quality, no picture clean up, no extras, nothing. What's the point?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not the best Elvis western Flaming Star was much better
Published 20 days ago by Michel Laplante
5.0 out of 5 stars Put attention at this movie
The hits, the beats ( don't the critic) were in the reality.
Elvis was very beaten in this movie ( and isn't about the critics).
Put attention in this movie
Published on Nov. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Elvis Movie
This was one of the best Elvis movies ever made! It is alot of fun for the whole family. It will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by "jhcsega"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Elvis Movie
This was one of the best Elvis movies ever made! It is alot of fun for the whole family. It will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by "jhcsega"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal Elvis picture, that's for sure.
"Charro!" is an okay film. Elvis plays a reformed outlaw who decides to go straight. But his former gang won't let him. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002 by Josh P.
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
I'm afraid this movie is one big [bad deal]. Its like someone recorded the film on their portable tv on the cheapest vcr ever made! Read more
Published on June 11 2002 by Paul Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy - Suspected Bootleg Print
The packaging looked great and official. This film was
by National General Pictures in conjuction with NBC and it was great to think this hard-to-find Elvis film would... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Ray Sutton
1.0 out of 5 stars Back to the stone age of film
Even for a video tape this is bad quality. There are no extra's that make this DVD worth it's money. The sound is terrible. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002 by A. Oosterbaan
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, terrible picture
I read the reveiw on Amazon and figured that the person writting it was exagerating, because it happens a lot. However they were right. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2001 by George
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