Man of the West

Man of the West

Anthony Mann (1958)

95min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This fine, relentlessly grim western was given scant critical approval on its original release. Made after director Anthony Mann's marvellous series of James Stewart movies, this study of choice and injustice stars Gary Cooper, whose haggard, ageing features lend the tale an almost biblical intensity. Mann's use of CinemaScope is exemplary (it always was), although the sometimes savage story was originally the victim of the censor's scissors, particularly the rape of saloon singer Julie London. The screenplay, by 12 Angry Men writer Reginald Rose, is highly literate, and Lee J Cobb's ferocious study in villainy is wonderful to watch. Be warned, this is no ordinary Wild West tale, and may not be to everyone's taste.

Summary

Reformed outlaw Link is left stranded in the wilderness with a saloon singer and a conman for company when the train they are travelling on is robbed. By chance they stumble upon Link's old gang holed up in a shack, but his former partners in crime threaten violence against them unless Link agrees to take part in a bank robbery. Western, starring Gary Cooper, Lee J Cobb, Julie London and Arthur O'Connell.

Cast & Crew

Link Jones Gary Cooper
Dock Tobin Lee J Cobb
Billie Ellis Julie London
Sam Beasley Arthur O'Connell
Coaley Jack Lord
Claude John Dehner
Trout Royal Dano
Ponch Robert J Wilke
Alcutt Jack Williams
Director Anthony Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Contains some violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama