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82 Ratings

Buchanan Rides Alone

Directed by Budd Boetticher
United States, 1958


A man named Buchanan finds himself riding through the incredibly corrupt border town of Agry and ends up in the middle of a blood feud between two families — neither of which trusts him. While there, Buchanan is robbed and framed for murder. Once cleared of the charge, he aims to get revenge.

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Buchanan Rides Alone Directed by Budd Boetticher

Critics reviews

Characters are captured and sprung and captured and sprung again in dreamlike repetitions, the townspeople grow impatient for a hanging while Whitney’s sweaty Falstaff scurries from side to side as a literally running joke… A medieval California frontier regarded by Boetticher with perfect Borgesian drollness, modestly tallying up betrayals and deliverances until the thing is a mighty bedrock formation for both Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars.
April 17, 2017
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The whole underplayed, unadorned tone of the film is nicely balanced by the grotesque blundering comical-would-be-vicious figure of Amos (Peter Whitney in a marvellous performance). The more immediate rewards of satire are not attempted, and the respective brutality and deviousness of Lew and Simon recede more appropriately into the flattened perspectives of allegory.
January 01, 1966
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