This British/West German co-produced Western was filmed at Shepperton Studios in England and on location in Almeria in Spain and starred Sean Connery in the title role on a sabbatical from his role as 007.
A pompous group of clueless European aristocrats on a hunting vacation in New Mexico in the 1880s are beset by a band of Apaches who don’t appreciate them trespassing on their lands.
After the Europeans are abandoned by their guide (Stephen Boyd), they are helped by an intrepid loner named Shalako (Connery) – an Indian name for “he who brings rain” – an ex-Confederate Army Colonel, born Moses Zebulon Carlin.
The hunters include the snobby, condescending Baron Frederick Von Hallstatt (Peter van Eyck), his feisty fiancé Countess Irina Lazaar (French bombshell Brigitte Bardot), cuckolded Sir Charles Daggett (Jack Hawkins, dubbed once again by Charles Gray), his discontented and treacherous wife (Honor Blackman), blithering ex-US Senator Henry Clarke (Alexander Knox) and his Latino wife Elena (Valerie French).
The splendid, colourful cinematography is by Ted Moore.
Shalako (Moses Zebulon Carlin)
Countess Irina Lazaar
Sir Charles Daggett
Baron Frederick Von Hallstatt
Peter van Eyck
Don ‘Red’ Barry
Chief Tug Smith
Hans De Vries