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59 Ratings

Stranger on Horseback

Directed by Jacques Tourneur
United States, 1955


A circuit judge in the old west attempts to bring a suspected killer to justice. The judge runs afoul of the killer’s rich cattle baron father in the process.

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Stranger on Horseback Directed by Jacques Tourneur

Critics reviews

Tourneur portrays each side of the law as equally brutally inclined, just as susceptible to violent human impulses; one quick shot of Stern firing a gun at a wine bottle and breaking loose the red liquid across the Earth underneath is pithy visual symbolism. If this is accepted as the foundation upon which this society must grow, the question, then, is not why but matters of how: how to introduce an ethical, just system while also minimizing conflict between parties.
April 17, 2014
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