Blind Justice (1994) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
|Blind Justice (1994) is a little known western staring Armand Assante as a man who lost his vision in the Civil War when he was tossed into a mass grave and had lime thrown in his face by his own troops. The lack of vision has not stopped him from being a deadly gunfighter who relies on his other senses. He rides into a town under siege by banditos, who are after army silver held by a cavalry squad, most of whom have already been killed. Assante has a baby with him, who he promised to deliver to the mother before he killed the father. Once in town, he meets the local medic, Elizabeth Shue.|
|He, of course, saves the day after everyone else involved (cavalry, priest, banditos and townspeople) behave stupidly. There is a short but erotic bathing scene where Shue is taking a sponge bath. Her camisole drops ever so slowly revealing a nipple. I think the IMDb score is too low. Mid 6's is about right for this film. It is not great cinema, but it has an engaging story, decent performances, some interesting characters, more than enough action to keep you awake, and a famous bare nipple.||
notes in yellow
Strange little near-miss movie about a blind gunfighter in the old west.
It was obviously written and created with everyone's tongues deep inside their cheeks. I suppose a blind gunfighter could survive in certain circumstances by using other senses, but this guy shoots three men who are simultaneously circling him on horses, shoots the guns out of people's hands and the cigars out of their mouths. It wasn't supposed to be believable. I mean, c'mon, he managed to escape from the cross after the outlaw gang crucified him. Even Jesus couldn't do that, despite two good eyes and some powerful connections.
Well, I guess a blind gunfighter, in itself, isn't so unusual, but he was a blind gunfighter in his 40's, so I guess he won his share of gunfights.
Or had a late career change.
Yeah, that must have been it. He was a diamond cutter before that, and he just couldn't "cut it", so he needed to find a new job and, well, gunfighting seemed logical, and lucrative. Plus in this film he got to kick the shit out of a priest. Diamond cutters never get to do that. Maybe they can talk back to a rabbi once in a while, but it just isn't the same.
Yup, I've made up my mind while writing about it. When my vision goes for good, I'm going to get into gunfighting instead of getting contact lenses.
|Example of the
dialogue: The commanding Army officer says "there may only be
five of us, but we swore an oath to defend this silver with our
lives", whereupon his men shoot him and surrender.
The unrealistic tone of the film was greatly magnified by Armand Assante's flip delivery as the gunfighter, basically an impersonation of Dean Martin pretending to be liquored up on the Tonight show.
Unfortunately, the film sorta wanders in limbo, not really funny enough to be a comedy, and too silly to be an action picture. Not bad at either, but not really good at either. I don't agree with Tuna's assessment that the IMDb score should be mid 6's. There are some good films in that range. I'd say mid 5's.
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