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.
What a strange, but entertaining, western-noir hybrid. I haven't seen anything like it. Great performances from both Stanwyck and Huston, with some really weird Freudian incest vibes thrown into the mix.