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The Tin Star

  • Drama
  • 1957
  • Anthony Mann
  • 89 mins
  • PG
    More info: UK: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Summary

A world-weary bounty hunter, formerly a sheriff, arrives in a small town where a newly-appointed lawman is struggling to keep the peace. When he learns of the mercenary's past, the inexperienced lawman seeks his help in learning the tricks of the trade so he can bring an outlaw gang to justice. Anthony Mann's Western, starring Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Lee Van Cleef, Betsy Palmer and Michel Ray.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Here's a real western, a sturdy, finely wrought work from masters of the genre in their prime, with lawman-turned-bounty hunter Henry Fonda helping young sheriff Anthony Perkins to hold down his job in a town ravaged by outlaws. Written by Dudley Nichols (Stagecoach) and Oscar-nominated for best story and screenplay, it's directed by maestro Anthony Mann, who takes a deliberately under-emphatic approach, allowing the setting and characters to tell the story. Mann eschews false High Noon ethics and really understands the essence of heroism. The support cast includes faces that belong out West - Lee Van Cleef, John McIntire and the superb Neville Brand. This is an underrated, must-see experience.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white

Credits

Cast

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Morg HickmanHenry Fonda
Sheriff Ben OwensAnthony Perkins
Nona MayfieldBetsy Palmer
Kip MayfieldMichel Ray
Bart BogardusNeville Brand
Dr McCordJohn McIntire
Millie ParkerMary Webster
Zeke McGaffeyPeter Baldwin
Buck HendersonRichard Shannon
Ed McGaffeyLee Van Cleef
Judge ThatcherJames Bell
Harvey KingHoward Petrie
Clem HallRussell Simpson
Andy MillerHal K Dawson
Sam HodgesJack Kenney

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Mann
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