Thursday, September 14, 2023

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Chino”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Chino” directed by John Sturges and starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Vincent Van Patten. The film tells the story of Chino Valdez (Charles Bronson) who after having long suffered the stigma of being part-Indian, wants nothing more than to be left alone with his beloved horses. Even so, Chino opens his heart and his home to a teenage runaway named Jamie Wagner (Vincent Van Patten), who becomes his protégé. But things take an unpleasant turn when the formerly taciturn Chino falls in love with Louise (Jill Ireland), the half-sister of neighboring and antagonistic rancher Maral (Fausto Tozzi). After several run-ins with Maral and his ranch-hands Chino is forced to leave his ranch. When Maral's men try and take his horses he evens the score and sets them and himself free.


Valdez, il mezzosangue – Italian title

Caballos salvajes – Spanish title

Valdezovi koně – Czechoslovakian title

Chino – French title

Wilde Pferde – German title

Valdez the Halfbreed – U.K. title

Konie Valdeza – Polish title

Valdezovi konji - Yugoslavian title

The Valdez Horses – English title

Wild Horses – English title

Chino – U.S.A. title


A 1973 Italian, Spanish, French film co-production [Produzioni Cinematografiche

     International (Rome), Coral P.C. (Madrid), Universal Productions France (Paris)]

Producers: Duilio Coletti, Dino De Laurentis, John Sturges

Directors: John Sturges, Duilio Coletti

Story: Valdez Horses Lee Hoffman

Screenplay: Massimo De Rita, Clair Huffaker, Dino Maiuri (Arduino Maiuri), Rafael J.

     Salvia (Rafael Jiminez)

Cinematography: Armando Nannuzzi, Godofredo Pacheco [Eastmancolor]

Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

  Song: “Freedom Rainbow” sung by Canary Jones (Guido and Maurizio De Angelis)

Running time: 100 minutes


Chino Valdez - Charles Bronson (Charles Buchinsky)

Louise/Catharine Maral - Jill Ireland

Jamie Wagner - Vincent Van Patten

Maral - Marcel Bozzuffi

Cruz - Fausto Tozzi

Saloon owner - Luis Prendes (Luis Estrada)

Sheriff Jensen - Ettore Manni

Priest – Corrado Gaipa

Fiesta host - José Nieto

Coyote - Adolfo Thous

Little Bear - Florencio Amarilla

Indians - Ricardo Rodríguez, Diana Lorys (Anna Vega), Melisa Chimenti (Maria


Cowboys - Bruno Boschetti, Rafael García, Henry Vidon (Arthur Dunn), Rafael Albaícin

     (Ignacio-Rafael Escudero), Arnaldo Dell'Acqua

With: Conchita Muñoz, Luis Rico (Luis Pelaez), Ángel Del Pozo (Ángel Merino)

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