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Broken Lance

Broken Lance

Edward Dmytryk (1954)

U Certificate
Wed 8 Mar 4:25am - 6:05am Sky Cinema Action & Adventure


Our Score
In this splendid 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope western, a magnificently grizzled Spencer Tracy stars in the role he was born to play - King Lear. Even though the daughters have become sons, this is the (uncredited) westernisation of Shakespeare's tragedy about the royal patriarch and his disparate family. It's also a re-make of House of Strangers, the Joseph L Mankiewicz crime drama that was also re-made in the big-top setting of The Big Show. Still, despite the claims for Akira Kurosawa's Ran, this is the definitive screen version of the Bard's celebrated work, and the western setting provides a dimension of grandeur: it's no accident, surely, that this was one of the first subjects used to show off the then new CinemaScope process.


A cattle baron's son seeks revenge on his three wayward stepbrothers for driving their father to an early grave and then seizing control of the family business he worked tirelessly to build up. Epic Western loosely based on Shakespeare's King Lear, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark and Earl Holliman.

Cast & Crew

Matt Devereaux Spencer Tracy
Joe Devereaux Robert Wagner
Barbara Jean Peters
Ben Richard Widmark
Senora Devereaux Katy Jurado
Mike Devereaux Hugh O'Brian
Two Moons Eduard Franz
Denny Devereaux Earl Holliman
Governor E G Marshall
Clem Lawton Carl Banton Reid
Van Cleve Philip Ober
Mac Andrews Robert Burton
O'Reilly Robert Adler
Director Edward Dmytryk
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD


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