The Outrage

  • 12
  • Martin Ritt (1964)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Having successfully remade Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai as The Magnificent Seven, Hollywood here turned its sights on the Japanese maestro's earlier classic Rashomon, the tale of a rape and a murder told by four disparate people with differing perspectives. The story is transposed to the Wild West, with Paul Newman playing a Mexican outlaw accused of the crimes, Claire Bloom and Laurence Harvey as the victims, and Edward G Robinson as a conman. It's a starry cast (William Shatner is in it as well) and worth watching for that reason alone, particularly a heavily made-up Newman in a curious performance that's almost a prototype for Eli Wallach's bandit Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. On the downside, Martin Ritt's direction labours every point and totally lacks the intensity of the original film.

Plot Summary

A Mexican outlaw is put on trial for killing a man and raping his wife. However, while the defendant admits to both crimes, the woman he attacked claims she killed her husband herself - while a witness gives a very different version of events. Western, starring Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G Robinson and William Shatner.

Cast and crew

Cast

Juan Carrasco
Paul Newman
Husband
Laurence Harvey
Wife
Claire Bloom
Con Man
Edward G Robinson
Preacher
William Shatner
Prospector
Howard Da Silva
Sheriff
Albert Salmi
Judge
Thomas Chalmers

Crew

Director
Martin Ritt

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
MGM Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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