“Chato’s Land” (1972) Starring Charles Bronson / Z-View

Chato’s Land (1972)

Directors:  Michael Winner

Screenplay:  Gerald Wilson

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Ralph Waite, Richard Jordan and Victor French

Tagline:  What Chato’s land doesn’t kill, Chato will.

The Overview:  Beware of spoilers…

Chato (Bronson) is forced into a gunfight and kills a man in self-defense.  He then rides out of town.  Quincey Whitmore (Palance), a former Confederate Captain, pulls together a blood-thirsty posse to track and kill Chato.  Realizing that Chato can hide and survive off the land longer than they can, the posse goes to Chato’s home.  They rape his wife and stake her out as bait.  Chato stops running and goes to war.

Chato’s Land has many of the same beats as First Blood.  Bronson, like Rambo, says little and let’s his actions do the talking.  This was the first teaming of director, Michael Winner and Charles Bronson.  The would go on to work on five other movies together.

Chato’s Land earns 3 of 5 stars.