Moviedrome Mondays: Ulzana’s Raid (1972)

Once again, I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Robert Aldrich’s 1972 underrated revisionist western masterpiece Ulzana’s Raid, so readers will have to rely on the transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was July 8, 1990 (read here). Based on what I have read from Cox’s intro, he seems to admire the film as a whole, but with reservations. He is a fan of his films, but Cox seems to come off as a little more reserved on some of his later work (i.e. The Grissom Gang). As for myself, I absolutely adore Ulzana’s Raid – it has a thought-provoking script from the always fascinating late screenwriter Alan Sharp (Night Moves) and, as to be expected, expert direction from Robert Aldrich. As others have implied, the film also works as an insightful allegory to the United States then involvement in the Vietnam War.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


8 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Ulzana’s Raid (1972)

  1. Ulzana’s Raid belongs in the canon of Western classics. Revisionist and traditional at the same time, with a great performance from Burt Lancaster and solid support from Jorge Luke as Ke-Ni-Tay.

  2. Not Burt’s best Western .. but he didn’t make crap. Definitely worth a watch. Burt commands the screen – like always and he’s definitely among the greatest Western Movie Actors of all time.

  3. I really enjoyed Ulzana, and also The Grissom Gang. Grissom had a really sleazy quality that seemed to reflect the mood of those Depression-era criminals, and Kim Darby was a revelation in how she turned into a willing moll.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I think it is undoubtedly one of Burt’s best πŸ™‚ And yes, he always commands the screen. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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