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Blue (1968)

TV-14 | | Romance, Western | 10 May 1968 (USA)
An American young man who was raised by Mexican bandits must choose sides when his Mexican gang carries out violent murderous raids into U.S. border towns.


Silvio Narizzano


Ronald M. Cohen (screenplay), Ronald M. Cohen (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Blue
Joanna Pettet ... Joanne Morton
Karl Malden ... Doc Morton
Stathis Giallelis ... Manuel
Sally Kirkland ... Sarah Lambert
Robert Lipton ... Antonio
Ricardo Montalban ... Ortega
Sara Vardi Sara Vardi ... Inez
James Westerfield ... Abe Parker
Kevin Corcoran ... Rory Calvin
Ivalou Redd Ivalou Redd ... Helen Buchanan
Dorothy Konrad Dorothy Konrad ... Alma Wishoff
Helen Kleeb ... Elizabeth Parker
Michael Bell ... Jim Benton
Anthony Costello ... Jess Parker


A Mexican bandit, part of a gang led by his father, goes on a raid into the U.S. He falls for a beautiful woman and decides to leave his life of crime and settle down with her. Eventually his father and the gang come back for him, and he finds himself torn between his love for the woman and his loyalty to his father and his fellow gang members. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Rio Grande runs red when Blue changes sides. See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

10 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inferno am Fluß See more »

Filming Locations:

La Sal, Utah, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Kettledrum Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Redford originally agreed to play Blue and backed out at the last minute. He was sued by Paramount and afterward refused Roman Polanski's offer to play Guy Woodhouse in Paramount's Rosemary's Baby (1968). See more »


Blue: I'm tired, Mr. Parker... particularly of you.
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Featured in Fade-In (1968) See more »

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Tangled up is Blue
2 October 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Silvio Narizzano mainly worked for TV but this movie and "why shoot the teacher"in the seventies are worth seeking out;the former told the story of a young teacher (Bud Cort),fresh from the university ,who winds up in middle Canada where he realizes that what he learned does not help much in a hostile nature ;although liked by his pupils ,he was ill at ease,an intruder in this rural God-forsaken world.

Five years earlier,Azul's place is nowhere too;his parents were killed by Mexicans ,the chief of whom adopted him ;but his biological sons (from different mothers)never accepted him :he is too delicate,too gentle to live in this hyper macho world.Had they continued their political struggle against the French (as Juarez ' allies against Napoleon The Third? the screenplay does not mention them),Azul would perhaps have found a reason for this struggle which actually consists of pillage and rapes .All that deals with Ricardo Montalban and his wild bunch recall spaghetti western ,but it's not:the director was Canadian.

On the other hand ,the scenes with the Americans would not be out of place in stuff like " friendly persuasion" with their shimmering colors ;the good doctor (played by Oscar-winner Karl Malden ) , his daughter (Joanna Pettet) and the villagers seem to come from another world,compared to the bestial brutes milieu in which Azul was nurtured.

Actually ,born an English man (as Terence Stamp,whose restrained performance is in direct contrast with that of Fellini 's "Tommy Dammit" in "spirit of the dead" ,released the very same year),Azul is torn between the two worlds ;and the ending ,lyrical and epic,is really the only one which could have concluded this offbeat tale.

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