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3.8
197 Ratings

Pursued

Directed by Raoul Walsh
United States, 1947
Thriller, Western

Synopsis

Jeb (Robert Mitchum) is adopted into a warm, loving family. But problems arise when the mother’s biological children become jealous of him.

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Pursued Directed by Raoul Walsh
Mitchum seems out of his element, an odd mix with such gothic archetypes as Judith Anderson and Dean Jagger. Yet the contrast works. As Jeb Brand, a man haunted by a past he doesn’t understand, he evokes the classic outsider of Greek tragedy. But while the plot’s resolution never quite dissolves the Oedipal tensions aroused, Mitchum’s Brand, like Oedipus, remains steadfast in his search for truth, free from the anger, envy, and thirst for revenge that consumes everyone around him.
September 29, 2017
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Cinematographer James Wong Howe gives the film a brooding look, darkly livid as a thundercloud, and captures Mitchum at his most beautiful—with a sculptural glamour to match the towering rock formations of the Southwest.
September 03, 2017
Unusually solemn and self-conscious for Walsh (at least until he is able to introduce one of his favorite character actors, Alan Hale, as a lovably roguish gambler), the film does contain some powerful and inventive imagery.
September 14, 2013
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