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Ride Lonesome

  • Drama
  • 1959
  • Budd Boetticher
  • 69 mins
  • U

Summary

A bounty hunter captures young killer Billy John, but his real motive is not the cash reward - he has an old score to settle with his prisoner's brother Frank. As the journey to bring the murderer to justice gets under way, he is counting on a showdown with Frank and accepts the help of two outlaw gunmen for added protection, aware they will try to turn Billy John in themselves for the reward and a pardon. Western, with Randolph Scott, Lee Van Cleef, James Best, James Coburn and Pernell Roberts.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director Budd Boetticher and executive producer and star Randolph Scott made a short cycle of fine westerns, unequalled in their classic simplicity and underappreciated on their first release. This is one of the best, with a finely tuned Burt Kennedy screenplay that doesn't waste a moment as craggy-featured bounty hunter Scott goes after a young killer (the giggling James Best), ostensibly for the cash reward but really to flush out his brother, the snarling Lee Van Cleef. This is fine western material, with chases upon chases and brilliantly taut, terse dialogue. The use of CinemaScope is exemplary, and watch out for James Coburn's movie debut as a feckless outlaw.

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Credits

Cast

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Ben BrigadeRandolph Scott
Carrie LaneKaren Steele
Sam BoonePernell Roberts
Billy JohnJames Best
FrankLee Van Cleef
WidJames Coburn
CharlieDyke Johnson
Indian chiefBoyd Stockman

Crew

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DirectorBudd Boetticher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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