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Chino (1973)

Valdez, il mezzosangue (original title)
A runaway teenager and a mixed-race horse breeder strike an unlikely friendship in the context of common hardships.

Writers:

Lee Hoffman (novel), Clair Huffaker (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bronson ... Chino Valdez
Jill Ireland ... Catherine
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Maral
Vincent Van Patten ... Jamie Wagner
Fausto Tozzi ... Cruz
Ettore Manni ... Sheriff
Melissa Chimenti Melissa Chimenti ... Indian
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Padre
José Nieto ... Mexican (as Jose Nieto)
Diana Lorys ... Indian (as Diana Loris)
Conchita Muñoz Conchita Muñoz ... Mexican (as Conchita Munoz)
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Storyline

Chino Valdez is a loner horse breeder living in the old west. Partly a loner by choice, and partly because, being a 'half-breed', he finds himself unwelcome almost everywhere he goes. One day, a young runaway named Jimmy shows up at his door looking for work and a roof over his head. Reluctantly, Chino agrees to take him in and teach him the art of raising, breaking and breeding horses, until the pair finally begin to accept each other. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

They Took His Land...His Horses...His Woman...But...They Couldn't Take Chino!


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wild Horses See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One poster for this movie shows a drawing of a bare-chested Charles Bronson tied with upraised arms to a T-shaped whipping post. This differs from the scene in the movie in which Bronson is whipped while hanging suspended by his wrists from an overhead crossbeam. While two separate whipping scenes may have been shot (and one discarded), a more likely explanation is that the artist designing an early version of the "Chino" poster had not seen the actual movie and was only working from incomplete or misleading script notes. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon, Chino puts the money on the counter, picks up the drink bottle and goes out. Then the bartender, holding some food in his right hand, takes the money his left and puts it inside his trouser pocket. After he greets the men who come in, the bartender puts his foot on the shelf. Next shot, when Chino passes by him, he is still eating and putting the money inside his shirt pocket. See more »

Quotes

Chino Valdez: That's the way Indians bury their dead. They'd rather be close to the sun than have dirt thrown in their faces.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

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" what a man says and what a man does are often two different things "
18 April 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Some of the best films in which Charles Bronson stared in can said to have been the very best. However, there are a couple which are never off the mark. This is one of them. The movie is called " Chino " and in this reviewer's opinion is like a item of wet clothing, hung out to dry. Charles Bronson plays Chino Valdez a native America who has am isolated ranch in the New Mexico plains. One day a teen age lad named Jamie Wagner (Vincent Van Patten) arrives on his ranch looking for work. Reluctantly, Valdez hires him and set about to teach him the horse trade. At nearly the same time Valdex is smitten by an English woman called Catherine (Jill Ireland) who falls for him. Despite the rest of the town clamoring for Chin to stay away, thing on his ranch never do get off the ground as the Catherine's brother is someone who decides Chino is not the right man for his sister. Despite the Bronson presence and the fact that this is a John Sturges film, it lacks the magic of their combined efforts in other movies. Still, much can be garnered from this offering. In this case, Van Patton does add his youthful presence and conspires to ask the question, why does it end the way it does. This is very unlike Bronson. ***


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