Genre Guesstimation – The 5-Man Army (1969)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Dell of Dell on Movies and it is Anti-Hero Films.

Movies about people who lack traditional heroic attributes but are portrayed as the hero in their story despite doing some bad things along the way. Some examples: Taxi Driver, Leon the Professional, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface, GoodFellas, The Godfather, or even something as light as Jack Sparrow in the PotC movies. He’s constantly drunk and completely selfish it just tends to work out for the greater good.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to antiherodell@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Anti-Hero Films.

“Some men die for money, some die for causes. They’re gonna die for us.” – Dutchman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A group of 5 men plan a train robbery in order to steal gold belonging to the Mexican Army.

My Take on it – This is another one of my good friend Catherine of Thought All Sorts favorite Westerns and since it had a catchy title and a nice cast list, I decided to take a look and see why it’s so high on her list.

The fact that the characters are all “bad guys” also fits in well with this month’s genre, so I gave it a shot.

Unfortunately, despite being a fun yet generic plot, this one doesn’t really offer us enough to break free from what we will expect from a spaghetti western.

The cast is enjoyable to watch, but again, none of them really stand out as one would hope.

It was nice seeing Peter Graves in the kind of role very different from what I was use to seeing since he usually doesn’t play devious characters.

The plot moves along fine and easily fits into the usual kind of storyline for this genre of Spaghetti Westerns but no matter how hard they try, it just doesn’t manage to reach the level of some of the more famous films in the genre.

Bottom Line – Fun spaghetti western that works for what its worth but not much more than that. Cast is enjoyable even though it’s strange watching Graves play such a devious character. The plot moves along well and fits in with the genre of these kind of westerns but doesn’t reach the heights of some of the other films that have become much more famous.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Partially shot on Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) location (the railroad and the farmhouse). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Fun film, but it doesn’t work as well as one would hope.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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