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The Far Country

  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Anthony Mann
  • 93 mins
  • U

Summary

Western starring James Stewart. A stranger with a gun and a herd of cattle rides into the gold-mining town of Skagway, where he soon finds himself involved in a dangerous confrontation with the town's corrupt boss.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The collaboration between star James Stewart and director Anthony Mann resulted in some fine examples of postwar American cinema, including The Glenn Miller Story and Winchester '73. This western is not in the same league, but it's satisfying nonetheless, and beautifully made. Stewart's character is unusual for a movie hero of the period: he's a ruthless, self-absorbed loner, in contrast to the remarkably affable villain, played with relish by John McIntire. The role reversal doesn't quite come off, but Mann's striking images of snowy gold-rush territory and the intense fury of the action sequences more than compensate.

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Credits

Cast

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Jeff WebsterJames Stewart
Ronda CastleRuth Roman
Renee VallonCorinne Calvet
Ben TatemWalter Brennan
Mr GannonJohn McIntire
RubeJay C Flippen
KetchumHarry Morgan
IvesSteve Brodie
NewberryJack Elam

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Mann

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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