Reviewing the Movie '100 Rifles'
100 Rifles is movie made 5 decades back and is in some ways a cult movie with a sizzling scene between Jim Brown and Raquel Welch
A cult Movie
!00 Rifles was almost cult movie for a number of reasons. One of these was the first occasion of the depiction of a black man played by Jim brown making love to a white woman played by the bombshell Raquel Welch.
The love scene by today’s standards is tame, but at that time it set the screen on fire. There is no doubt that Jim Brown was the original ‘Black Macho Man’ who ever adorned the Hollywood screen. As far as Raquel Welch is concerned one can only say that she was the epitome of a sexy woman and perhaps the only woman who bypassed her in sex appeal was Marylyn Monroe.
The film is set in the Northern Mexican region of Sonora, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There is all around violence as the Mexican government is intent on pursuing a policy of ethnic cleaning by trying to kill or deport the Yaqui Indians
The Chemistry of Black and White
Jim Brown plays a black sheriff who is tracking half breed killer in the form of Burt Reynolds. The story centers on how the black sheriff becomes involved in the fight on the side of the Red Indians. The factor that acts as a catalyst for this to happen is Raquel Welch, who plays the role of a fiery headed leader of the Red Indians.
The movie is eminently watchable even now and the action scenes as well as the love scenes are excellently portrayed. Jim Brown turns in a stupendous performance and Raquel Welch is Raquel Welch. Burt Reynolds as the half breed who ends up as a Red Indian leader is good, but he is shaded by the soft and macho combination of Jim Brown.
An excellent Movie
The music by Jerry goldsmith is alive even now. The film was entirely shot in Spain and the sets and locales correctly portray the Mexico, which the film depicts. Now 50 years down the line "100 Riles" has gained in importance and in re- runs has drawn good crowds. One of the reasons could be a bathing scene of Raquel Welch under a water train tank with a train nearing the railway station. It’s out of this world.