It's not a masterpiece but, in a way, far more interesting because it's very complex. If you have here unforgettable moments like every scenes with members of the Herrera family or the scissors scene, the rest is also worth multiple viewings. A movie intended to students attending Film Studies. Recommended.
Walter Brennan's swan song. Mann's fine western is adapted by screenwriter Charles Schnee from the novel by Niven Busch with an operatic almost Shakespearian vision in this tale of a fiery cattle baron and his spinster daughter who almost matches his veracity. When they are put at odds the machinations of spite and survival are put into play. Stanwyck is well cast but performance wise Brennan is just incredible.
Criterion once again does film fans a huge service by making this one widely available. This one was overlooked in favor of Mann's more famous westerns with Stewart and Cooper, but it's just as good as anything he did in those other fine films. Walter Huston is great here, as is Stanwyck and the lush photography from Victor Milner is amazing. Great western.
The drama is lackluster compared to the annoyingly anticlimactic score. It’s interesting enough I suppose, only I can’t get over the fact that the turning point the entire film revolves around is the fact that TC is giving up the relationship with his daughter and everything they built together for this random woman who comes in from literally nowhere. I don’t buy it.
Dernier film de l'acteur Walter Huston qui interprète une magistrale et fulgurante composition, dans une œuvre de bruit et de fureur, aux dialogues acérés et ciselés comme des éclats de diamant, sans oublier la constellation Barbara Stanwyck à la tempétueuse et renversante présence restée, par bien des côtés, inoubliable... www.cinefiches.com