The 5th Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration – The Revengers (1972)


This is a post dedicated to The Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration! being held over at The Wonderful World of Cinema, The Flapper Dame and Love Letters to Old Hollywood.

Tnx Virginie, Emily and Michaela for letting me take part!

“He’s in the hole! Yes, sir, the same hole we was in! I heard that, I almost wet myself laughing.” – Hoop

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Apr 2022)

Brief Synopsis – After his family is massacred, a farmer who used to be a soldier forms a posse comprised of 6 convicts in order to find the culprits.

My Take on it – This is yet another film with William Holden that I knew nothing about before coming across it in my research for this blogathon.

The story seemed quite interesting and I was quite intrigued to see how Holden would fair in this kind of character.

I was pleasantly surprised that this story doesn’t follow the general revenge film trope  and finds some very innovative and fun ways to move the plot forward.

Holden is superb in the lead role and manages to show the audience what kind of hurricane of emotions he is constantly facing throughout this story.

Love how they try and place this story is a realistic time frame and don’t use ‘movie magic’ to try and settle things in such a short time span since the character’s journey takes a very long time to get some kind of resolution.

The film is helped along by the great supporting cast which includes Ernest Borgnine, Wally Strode and Roger Hanin.

In addition, this movie has a small role for Holden’s son Scott who still plays an integral part in helping this story progress.

The film’s action scenes are filmed really well and the final battle is quite thrilling to watch.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ernest Borgnine initially had trouble getting into character to play the unhinged villain Hoop. As he was in the midst of a messy divorce from his fourth wife at the time, he decided to rope in his acrimonious feelings regarding his wife, which helped him find the tenor of his performance.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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