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Howard Hawks (1958)

135min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Underrated at the time of its release, this majestically paced western is one of the finest achievements of the genre and stands as a career-best for many of its participants, its above-average length and simplistic plot - a sheriff and a motley group of helpers stand firm against a ruthless land baron - masking a work of depth and artistry. Originally intended by director Howard Hawks as a riposte to the liberal High Noon, the movie boasts a class and quality that owe little to what had gone before, save some dialogue lifted from Hawks's earlier To Have and Have Not. It's a definitive study of male camaraderie, particularly in the wordless opening sequence as John Wayne attempts to preserve the drunken Dean Martin's dignity. The casting is perfect (if you believe Ricky Nelson as a gunslinger) and the sense of fun contagious. Superb Technicolor photography and a Dmitri Tiomkin score provide the icing on a very impressive cake.

Summary

A sheriff and his drunken deputy make a courageous stand against a rancher and his hired guns threatening to tear apart a peace-loving town if a murderer being held in the local jail is not released. Howard Hawks' Western, with John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson and Walter Brennan.

Cast & Crew

John T Chance John Wayne
Dude Dean Martin
Colorado Ryan Ricky Nelson
Feathers Angie Dickinson
Stumpy Walter Brennan
Pat Wheeler Ward Bond
Nathan Burdette John Russell
Carlos Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzales
Consuela Estelita Rodriguez
Joe Burdette Claude Akins
Harold Harry Carey Jr
Jake Malcolm Atterbury
Charlie Walter Barnes
Director Howard Hawks
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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