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28 Ratings

Broken Lance

Directed by Edward Dmytryk
United States, 1954
Western, Drama


Rancher Matt Devereaux rears his four sons with tough love in this Western that rings of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” After years of living under their dad’s rule, Ben, Mike and Danny are indifferent when he’s accused of a crime.

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Broken Lance Directed by Edward Dmytryk

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1955 | Winner: Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

1955 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1955 | Winner: Best Film Promoting International Understanding

Critics reviews

…Other problems include a bookend structure that adds little beyond setting up a B-Western action climax, plus a serious misjudgement as regards Spencer Tracy’s ornery patriarch who’s supposed to be salt-of-the-earth but comes off as a nasty piece of work… but when Tracy and Richard Widmark are going at the father-son recriminations it’s pretty irresistible, even if their showdown is (significantly) shot in a single static take, like filmed theatre.
March 01, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Broken Lance

    [Tearz] Ma/'Señora' (after having buried her husband of 25 years and returned to her tribe to die as she rekindles with her only son, Joe, fresh out of a 3 year jail sentence): " I'm no longer needed." </3 || Older Spencer Tracy (he did early Langs) whipping a young Richard Widmark was hard to see. Brothers are the worst foes. Wars eventually end. Brother/Brother grudge+jealousy+contempt+hate? Now that is infinite.▽

  • Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Broken Lance

    ***1/2, with maybe an extra 1/2 for the seductive CinemaScope-ness of it all.... A capable reach for the wavelength(s) of JOHNNY GUITAR/Sirk battles with a certain staid turgidity, the long stretches of which eventually swallowed Dmytryk's YOUNG LIONS; this time, despite some muddles, the victory over the blind spots is much more decisive.

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