Directed by Edwin Sherin
Starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Jon Cypher, Barton Heyman, Richard Jordan, Frank Silvera, Hector Elizondo
Kino Lorber has announced that Valdez Is Coming (1971) is coming to Blu-Ray. It’s the second of three Westerns Burt Lancaster made in the early 70s, the other two being Lawman (1971) and Robert Aldrich’s Ulzana’s Raid (1972).
It’s based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, and at one point there was talk of Marlon Brando playing Valdez, Lancaster taking the part that went to Jon Cypher and Sydney Pollack directing. What a different movie that would’ve been.
No details from Kino Lorber yet, and the release date is simply later this year.
Directed by Burt Reynolds
Starring Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed, Alice Ghostley, Dub Taylor
White Lightning (1973), which starred Burt Reynolds as ex-con good-ol’-boy moonshiner Bobby ‘Gator’ McKlusky, was a huge hit, and Reynolds decided to make its sequel, Gator (1976), his directorial debut. Burt had just done The Longest Yard (1974) and Hustle (1975) with Robert Aldrich, and the director’s influence can be felt in Burt’s approach to his film. It’s a solid action picture with touches of humor. Jerry Reed is really good as the bad guy, Bama McCall.
The Lyric Theater in Stuart, Florida, is screening Gator on Sunday, January 25th — and Burt will be there to speak after the film.
Love that Robert McGinnis poster art. Oh, and by the way, you can get both White Lightning and Gator on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.