Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Overlooked Movies: Blindman

Tony Anthony stars as the blind man, a guy who's promised to deliver fifty women as mail-order brides to some lonely miners.  However, his fifty women have been stolen from him by his business partners and sold to a Mexican bandit, who plans to sell them to the Mexican army. Being blind is no handicap for Anthony, who goes after them along with his seeing-eye horse.  The movie's origin is in the well-known Zatoichi films from Japan, but it's not really much like the only one of those I've seen.

You might think that a blind man would have trouble shooting and fighting, but Anthony does a pretty good job of both.  The movie has plenty of action and a really high body count, not to mention torture, rape, and nudity.  It never slows down for long.  There's even some humor.

And of course there's Ringo Starr.  That's right, Ringo Starr as a Mexican bandit.  You have to see it to believe it.  He's not bad, even though he spends most of his time just scowling.  He also wrote a song for the movie, but it wasn't used.  It's today's "Song of the Day," so you can judge for yourself about whether that was a wise decision.


SteveHL said...

Ringo was Mexican in CANDY too.

George said...

I've never heard of BLINDMAN but I'm going to track down a copy. Sounds fun!

Matthew said...

I have heard it was also inspired by DC comics Jonah Hex. I don't know if that is true.