Sonny and Jed (1972)

Sergio Leone, the king of spaghetti westerns, would never have dreamed of making a western like “Sonny and Jed.” It is a poignant film that was considered daring at the time of its release and is now labeled by many as a cult classic. Tomas Milian, who took the stage name “Tomas” after his prime role model: Tomas F. Dobb, plays Jed in an unforgettable role initially intended for Rodney Dangerfield. Susan George plays Sonny, Jed’s one-true love and partner-in-crime. This is a “Bonnie and Clyde” of the west. It isn’t a great film, but it seems to entertain most of the time. The best performance in the film, by far, is by Telly Savalas. He plays a blind sheriff who is determined to catch Sonny and Jed dead or alive by using any means necessary BY HIMSELF! Savalas steals every scene he is in and rightfully so. The final line in the film, “Sonny, I love you, you M**********r!”, is right up there with the final line in “Gone with the Wind”. Some believe it’s more touching than the “Gone with the Wind” line. This is one of those hard to find films like “A Town Called Hell”, “Blood and Guns”, and “Villa Rides.” Get it if you can.