Happy Boxing Day to our Anglotype friends. I am chilling at home with my son, watching El Dorado. I have broached the topic of bad-ass knife users in cinema before, and have always held Red (James Coburn) in Magnificent Seven as the king. I don’t know if James Caan’s Mississippi in El Dorado knocks Coburn from the top spot, but I had forgotten about how he deserved mention in the conversation when discussing knives in cinema.
Reader Tom in Oregon had mentioned Mississippi, but the conversation was long enough ago I had forgotten the whole thing. Not only the knife-throwing scene in the saloon, but when Robert Mitchum asks “do you have a knife” and Caan draws it from behind his back and cuts off Mitchum’s pant leg.
Bonus mention to Deputy Bull, the “old Indian Hunter’s” bow-and-arrow kill in the movie’s climactic gunfight. Shades of Mad Jack Churchill.
I had a few minutes, and figured the topic of knives in cinema was worth revisiting.
Of course there is another famous knife-scene with James Caan, but he was not the wielder.
Misery still creeps me out.
Be well folks.