Mysterious Will Lockhart delivers supplies to storekeeper Barbara Waggoman at Coronado, an isolated town in Apache country. Before long, he’s tangled with Dave Waggoman, vicious son of autocratic rancher Alec and cousin of sweet Barbara.
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The final collaboration between Jimmy Stewart and Anthony Mann is a knockout, raising this western from just another horse opera to a drama of almost Greek proportions. Stewart is excellent in the titular role, playing a man seeking revenge for his brother's death. Mann's direction is solid, and he uses the Technicolor Cinemascope to its fullest advantage. A solid film all around.
A gorgeous Western, whose landscapes are as wide and deep as its characters and mythic grandeur. Stewart isn't quite as wild and feral as in his other collaborations with Mann, but he's a single-minded man whose fierce individualism and righteousness crashes into a tangle of familial politics, violence and longing.
I have come to the conclusion that this is the best Mann-Stewart collaboration and one of the finest westerns if the era. All the Mann-Stewart westerns are outstanding, but this one stands out just a bit from the rest.
Anthony Mann and James Stewart. How can you go wrong? This revenge tale of almost shakespearian proportions, beautifully photographed in Technicolor Cinemascope, packs the kind of punch you're looking for in a western. It's not perfect (the romantic subplot seemed really forced) but it wears its flaws well. As far as Mann westerns go I think I still prefer "Man of the West" but it's a close second.
This brought back to my mind what Godard clarified to us in an interview,that he believed the mysterious skill endowed upon American story-tellers,the ability to dream up Elysian stories that would go on to touch people all around the globe irrespective of their conditioning as movie-lovers.In this one the stage goes back to the western,a dreamscape where men floated about in the dirt and beauty that makes the.....
Magnificent revenge drama bordering on Greek tragedy as the vast, cinemascope new mexican landscapes unfold to reveal a complex tale of greed, and family disintegration. Mann's violence has never been so physical and the uncovering of the deceit and truth of these characters make this one of the truly great Westerns, with Jimmy Stewart giving a performance of profound honesty.
Imposant et souvent magistral, le solide James Stewart incarne avec retenue un magnifique vengeur dans un film plein qui atteint par instants un inoubliable sens du lyrisme, accompli et séduisant, de par la dextérité du réalisateur Anthony Mann... www.cinefiches.com