We look back at the 1969 film featuring a surprising turn by Elvis.
Editor's Note: Throughout the month of October, C&I is celebrating the golden westerns of 1969, a year that changed the game for the beloved film genre. Check the Entertainment tab each day to see a different film recommendation by C&I senior writer Joe Leydon. And be on the lookout for the upcoming November/December 2019 print edition, which prominently features one of the 25 greatest films of 1969 on its cover.
Elvis Presley effectively played against his clean-cut image in writer-director Charles Marquis Warren’s surprisingly entertaining Spaghetti Western-style drama.
As Jess Wade, a reformed outlaw whose former partners in crime won’t leave him be, The King exudes a badass vibe and sports an unshaven look in Charro! as he divides his time between attempting a reconciliation with his estranged sweetie (Ina Balin) and seeking revenge against the varmints who framed him for their theft of a gold-plated ceremonial cannon.