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The Badlanders

The Badlanders

Delmer Daves (1958)



Our Score
This decent western, directed by the reliable Delmer Daves, stars Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine as ex-convicts who emerge from prison in Yuma with a plan to rob a gold mine. Since this involves blowing up a mountain and escaping with half a ton of rock, it takes some organising. The picture is actually less a western than a suspense thriller, a remake of John Huston's classic 1950 crime drama The Asphalt Jungle on horseback. There are plenty of surprises, a thrilling chase through a carnival and some excellent performances, notably from Nehemiah Persoff - best known for his mobster role in Some Like It Hot - as the gunpowder expert.


A mining engineer is released from prison after serving a sentence for a crime he did not commit. He now wants vengeance on the mining company responsible for his stint in jail and plans to rob its gold mine - but first he has to persuade his recently released cellmate to help. Western, with Ernest Borgnine, Alan Ladd, Kent Smith and Katy Jurado.

Cast & Crew

Peter Van Hock Alan Ladd
John McBain Ernest Borgnine
Anita Katy Jurado
Ada Winton Claire Kelly
Cyril Lounsberry Kent Smith
Vincente Nehemiah Persoff
Sample Robert Emhardt
Comanche Anthony Caruso
Leslie Adam Williams
Warden Ford Rainey
Director Delmer Daves
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Guidance: Some violence.


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