By far John Sturges' best film. By far Spencer Tracy's best performance. Biting (and darkly comic) dialogue, gritty desert setting, gripping and intense plot. Considered subversive in 1955 because of its expose on the mistreatment of the Japanese during WWII and its protest against McCarthyism, it's still relevant today in its story of racism and xenophobia--issues bitterly worsened due to Trump's tyranny.
Sturges builds up slowly but surely the tension and the mystery without much dialogue in this political western. Where it is question of Pearl Harbour and racism. Where it also could well be about senator Mc Carthy. Spencer Tracy, again, rightfully casted here. Love the no-rythm and anti-spectacular aspect of this one.
Solid film. This is the Tracey/Ryan show, as the actors do their best to steal scenes from one another. A lot of this film is subversive and about buried secrets. I feel like the TV show LOST took a lot of elements from this movie when initially fleshing out "the others" in S2. I really enjoyed it. Def a 50s film, possibly a slight commentary on the blacklist. 4.5 stars
This film certainly has a good cast but I felt somewhat disappointed after watching it. I felt like I was watching theater. It felt ... well ... unnatural. The action scenes were not well done and some of the acting was over the top. If it wasn't Sturges with this cast I would have taken this one for a low budget film. Sturges directed some great films. This was not one of them. I expected more. Average.
in a word, lame. it's the old HIGH NOON plot but with better personnel. dialogue strains for didacticism but just fizzles and spurts. the whole movie is just A + B + C = "cinema of quality" — also, yet another film where Robert Ryan's unique capacity for psychological complexity is mostly squandered on a rote villain. Sturges' direction is sturdy tho. eh, extra half-star for an odd little gag with a fire hose.
Fantastico.In novanta minuti scarsi Sturges opera un'analisi cruda e spietata del cuore nero dell'America,fatto di xenofobia e razzismo.Un originalissimo western-noir,con una magnifica cittadina in cui tutti danno l'idea di essere colpevoli o innocenti,con sempre qualcosa da nascondere;è bellissimo il modo in cui gestisce lo sviluppo della storia,sino alla chiusura finale. Western di altissimo livello.
Still stands tall alongside many 'tough guy' movies even today (albeit with less blood or swearing). Great performances by Tracy, Ryan and Marvin, lovely panoramic photography - the low level group shots in the street are brilliant. The sense of foreboding and tension is pretty convincing too. One of my fave 'noir/westerns'