Clean all white western--no blacks, no native Americans! Joel McCrea's character wants to go to the House (read, heaven). Very religious script for a western. Now, did Altman take a leaf from this film's gold diggers' community sequence to make "McCabe and Mrs Miller"?
Deuxième long métrage de l'incontournable metteur en scène Sam Peckinpah, déjà hanté par ses éternels "loosers" fatigués qui, "pour l'honneur et la conservation du titre" mènent malgré tout et envers tous, leur absurde et dérisoire mission à son terme. Original et fort décapant, une réussite incontestable ! www.cinefiches.com
Not sure what to make of this movie. I found it interesting but often thought the main characters to be slightly disingenuous. However, as a study in aging and wanting to remain relevant and true to oneself, it was a much deeper role than anything I have seen from Randolph Scott in the past. A nice way to wrap up his career. Good performances from McCrea and Hartley.
At the end of your life, remains only one thing to save, your soul. A la fin de sa vie ne reste plus qu'une chose à sauver, son âme. Dernière apparition à l'écran des vétérans Joel McCrea & Randolph Scott. L'opposition de 2 "has been" est transcendé par l'image noble qu'ils ont d'eux-mêmes. Résultat un western classique, que rend très moderne la quasi chorégraphie de l'affrontement final. Also starring Warren Oates.
Sobre la diligencia hacia tierras alejadas, amigos/conocidos opuestos que se reencuentran, veteranos que controlan su temple y en contraposición jóvenes que no, además de salvaguardar la honorabilidad de una dama, eso y otros temas en una trama que francamente no me caló. El final tal vez sea lo más afectivo.
3 Peckinpah westerns in two days, I put this one in the middle. I thought the first hour was quite dull and cliche,the characters didn't seem to have any depth, but once they escaped the marriage it just became a whole new film, the last third was just excellently directed and written, it is such a shame that the first hour (the first two thirds) were so 'normal' because I think that the last half hour, with that
Early Peckinpah, with the passing of the old order a key theme already fully formed in it's director mind; it also contains his most sympathetic portrayal of a female character, although the great Oates steals the film. Best when melancholic; Judd and Westrum ruminating on lost loves and lost times in their longjohns could well be Falstaff and Shallow in the film's best scene. "We have heard the chimes at midnight."
Curious how, like in his first film THE DEADLY COMPANIONS, Sam Peckinpah is already, at the beginning of his career, attracted by a story dealing with the ageing of characters who were once well-known but have problems to belong to the present world. Hence the numerous allusions to an idealized past which was populated by men who had self-respect and who always kept their word. Masterpiece.