Uniquely, Presley did not sing on-screen, and the film featured no songs at all except for the main title theme, which was played over the opening credits.
It was the final film for director Charles Marquis Charro (Charro) - Elvis Presley / Various - Disco Refrain N. 39 who also produced and wrote it. Jess Wade, a former member of a gang of outlaws led by Vince Hackett, was led to believe that an old flame, Tracy Winters, wanted to meet him in a seedy Mexican saloon.
Jess saw Billy Roy Hackett, Vince's younger brother, summoning Vince and Oneday - Unidentified Sound Objects - Chocolate Lightning other members of the gang into the saloon, and realized he was being set up.
Jess ordered the bar patrons to leave before a shootout ensued. Making a break for the door, Jess was stopped by Gunner, another gang member, and was forced to relinquish his gun and to go with them to their hideout in the mountains. Vince informed him that, according to a wanted poster, Jess was in the gang who stole the cannon and had sustained a neck wound as a result of Charro (Charro) - Elvis Presley / Various - Disco Refrain N.
39 shot by one of the guards. Ordering his men to subdue Jess on the ground, Vince used a branding iron to burn his neck. They took his horse, leaving him stranded. He captured a wild horse in the desert and saddle-broke it. The gang's motive was to force a ransom from the town they stole the cannon from, but the gang also used the cannon to hold the townspeople at bay. Only Wade can save the people from his former gang.
The role of Jess Wade was originally offered to Clint Eastwoodwho turned it down. The original opening scene, which was to feature female nudity, was dropped in favor of a more gentle bar scene. Harry Whittington based his novelization Charro on Fox's story, and included the scenes that Warren deemed too violent for the film.
The film, although a hit, was not received as well as Presley's previous films. Roger Greenspun of The New York Times wrote of Presley's performance, "He treats his part rather as a minor embarrassment, and he seems determined not to push himself in a role that could have used a stronger personality to fill the lapses in the story and the wide open spaces in the dialogue.
Even more at fault than Presley, who has occasionally responded in the past to the demands of a good director, is Charles Marquis Warren, who takes credit or blame? A song or two, though arguably inappropriate, would have helped to relieve the tedium of this trite low-budget Western that has quick-sale-to-TV stamped all over it.
A plot that might suffice for 30 minutes of restless entertainment has been stretched to a somnambulent 98 minutes. As if to compensate for the film's lack of impact, Hugo Montenegro's lively but over-attentive score does too much underlining of mood and character. In JunePresley had already completed the sequences and recorded the songs for what would be his comeback television special and its attendant album, Elvisthat put his musical talents back on display after the long slog of the soundtrack years.
The actual tally was twenty eight at taping. Charro would be the twenty ninth. His confidence and enthusiasm restored, Presley turned to his musical obligations for Charro! Appropriately for a Western, the studio hired Hugo Montenegro to produce the film's two songs, the recording session taking place at Samuel Goldwyn Studio in Hollywood, California on October 15, Previous VHS issues of the film, notably the Warner Home Video release, were of an inferior standard, mainly due to poor picture quality and minor edits throughout the movie.
Despite containing violence and partial nudity the latter a scene in which Ina Balin's character is shown exiting a bath tubit was released with an MPAA G ratingeven though other Presley films from the period carry PG ratings. These latter releases are somewhat less 'adult' than Charro! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Elvis Presley song Life (7 Remix) - David Grant Featuring The Original Double Trouble* - Life 90 this film, see Charro song.
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