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    The Troops of October

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Swashbucklers, cutthroats, soldiers of fortune and Western revisionism are present in spades in Twilight Time’s mighty four-film October package delivery. The roughneck roster includes Tyrone Power at his nobly heroic Technicolored zenith as a Spanish conquistador in colonial Mexico, Christopher Lee taking a buccaneering holiday from his usual horror haunts to play a Hammer Studios incarnation of the scurviest of marauding blackguards, Michael Caine leading a World War II Dirty Dozen-styled commando squad of hard-cases in the North African desert, and Jeff Bridges as a frontier legend in Autumn who still has reserves of piss and vinegar as he confronts ghosts from his past and trigger-happy hotshots of the present. Masterful musical maestros (Alfred Newman, Michel Legrand and TT first-timers Gary Hughes and Van Dyke Parks) and accomplished directors (TT favorites Walter Hill and Henry King and label-debuting André De Toth and John Gilling) ensure that these rogues, reprobates and wranglers are well-armed for action and high-definition excitement.

    Coming October 17 are: Captain from Castile (1947), starring Tyrone Power, Jean Peters and Cesar Romero, directed by Henry King, score by Alfred Newman; The Pirates of Blood River (1962), starring Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett and Christopher Lee, directed by John Gilling, score by Gary Hughes; Play Dirty (1969), starring Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport and Nigel Green, directed by André De Toth, score by Michel Legrand; and Wild Bill (1995), starring Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin and John Hurt, directed by Walter Hill, score by Van Dyke Parks. Details of each release will follow in September.