The Gun Hawk

  • 1963
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

At this point in film history, the screen western was effectively being killed off by television shows such as Bonanza and The Big Valley, but this didn't stop a few stalwarts from trying their best to keep the genre alive. Here, cowboy Calhoun is an old gunman who meets Lauren, a wild gunslinger who reminds Calhoun of his younger days. After being wounded...read more

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At this point in film history, the screen western was effectively being killed off by television shows such as Bonanza and The Big Valley, but this didn't stop a few stalwarts from trying their best to keep the genre alive. Here, cowboy Calhoun is an old gunman who meets Lauren, a wild

gunslinger who reminds Calhoun of his younger days. After being wounded in a gunfight, Calhoun returns to Sanctuary, a town populated by outlaws and run by him. The rest of the film consists of Calhoun slowly dying from his wound's infection. Unwilling to die in bed, he bullies Lauren into a duel

and dies "with his own kind of dignity," by the younger man's gun. Calhoun gives this film his best, but he is hampered by a laughable make-up job. Lauren does a credible job as the confused young man, initially handling Calhoun's attempts to reform him, but finally turning on the old man. The

latter half of the film just drags on towards the inevitable climax. Calhoun went on to play a retired B-movie cowboy in the 1984 teen exploitation film ANGEL. THE GUN HAWK is reminiscent of a very superior 1950 western, THE GUNFIGHTER, with Gregory Peck as the aging shootist.

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