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Two middling '60s westerns reviewed on home video. Both ''Geronimo'' and ''The Unforgiven'' are laserdisc misfires

Two middling '60s westerns reviewed on home video

These '60s Westerns have much in common — each sports a title similar to recent efforts by Clint Eastwood and Walter Hill and arrives on laserdisc in a wide-screen video transfer. More to the point, neither one is really worth a purchase. The low-budget Geronimo, with its familiar cast of television actors, is at least watchable; TV's Rifleman Chuck Connors has the cheekbones for the title character, and while the film is dramatically slack, it mostly avoids Noble Savage cliches. The Unforgiven, on the other hand, is a stultifying misfire. There's the germ of an interesting story here, but director John Huston slows the narrative to a narcoleptic nod and lets his stars partake in an unintentional homage to silent-movie emoting. Both: C-

Originally posted Mar 11, 1994 Published in issue #213 Mar 11, 1994 Order article reprints