Will Penny

Will Penny

DVD - 2002
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Will Penny, an aging, out of work cowboy, is left in the desert to die by a ruthless gang of outlaws. A beautiful young woman and her son, on her way to join her husband, stops to help him and nurses him back to health. Suddenly, Will sees a lifestyle he's never known as he falls in love with her, but the gang is on its way to finish him off.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, 2002.
ISBN: 9780792179344
079217934X
Branch Call Number: WIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 18, 2017

After listening to what others had to say about "Will Penny" - I was all set to enjoy this 1968 Western the way I like to enjoy any good Western - With a great, big, satisfied smile on my face. I sure do enjoy a damn-good Western!

To be sure - "Will Penny" started off just fine with a group of rugged cowboys engaging in some gunplay, and lots of cow-punching taking place on the vast Gordon Ranch, and the great outdoors, and the big, blue skies of Montana looming overhead, and in the distance, on the not-so-far-off horizon, the spectacular mountain-range....

With all of the makings of a damn-good Western well established from the start - "Will Penny" suddenly deteriorated (within less than half an hour) into a sappy, soapy, Hollywood-type romance between the title character, Will Penny, and a petty, brittle, demanding woman named Catherine Allen, who Penny found "squatting" in a cabin on the land that he was being paid (by the owner) to patrol and ordered to keep such squatters off said property.

Anyhow - At this point - I won't waste any more of my time here reviewing "Will Penny". It just isn't worth the bother and I'm too annoyed right now to even want to continue, anyways.

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JackPurcell
Apr 14, 2015

Of the dozens of movies Charlton Heston starred in during his life this one is hands down the best. A thoroughly enjoyable movie about a man we can appreciate, along with a woman and a young boy who both are also sympathetic characters. The host of outlaws are as ugly as outlaws ought to be, the rancher is as tight fisted as ranchers usually are with Ben Johnson doing the tight fisting. Good movie to spend the time for.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 11, 2015

An overlooked, low-key, and elegiac late 60s western starring Charlton Heston and a host of great character actors. Heston said this was one of his favorite roles and his aging cowboy is a more subtle and melancholy character than he usually played. Donald Pleasence leads a band of marauders that he runs into and Joan Hackett is the woman he falls for. The supporting cast also includes Ben Johnson, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens, and the Six Million Dollar Man. Though the tone is generally downbeat, there is still room for some shootouts.

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