Ambush at Cimarron Pass
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2013
Maybe not Clints best western, but he was billed as the 3rd star.You can see his Rawhide character coming to the top.More of a "B" type western.The story,acting,and scenery is all good.EXCELLENT transfer delivered from Olive films.This Olive Films from Chicago does a wonderful job of remastering films.Check out their website....support your favorite artists
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on June 9, 2015
The plot is not very heavy as most old westerns are concerned. If you are looking for traditional viewing pleasure, this isn't a chart topper. Ambush at Cimarron Pass is a story which takes place a few years after the Civil War in The West. A group of US soldiers in the west find themselves under the attack of a similar sized group of ex-confederate soldiers. They band together to survive a few bad apples and a clever tribe of Apaches. While the plot isn't exactly riveting, the age of this movie makes it a treat.The number one draw to this movie is the young Clint Eastwood. Acting in a supporting role is a surprise itself, but here he plays a soldier that is put in his place multiple times. I have to admit, there were a few first-times for me when watching him in this movie. I can't recall any other movies where he a) gets knocked down with a shove or single punch and b) where he isn't the strong lead role. It's entertaining to see him in his tall and lanky days. The film production and editing can hold your interest if you pay attention to the details. This was recorded partially in studio, so the camp scenes use painted western backgrounds. You can also hear the echo of the studio when they are in this setting. When filming outdoors, there is little ambient noise and the sound effects are hilarious. Every scene with walking horses had me rolling on the floor with laughter. Half a dozen horses walking on sand and stone sounds like a couple of 2x4's being scuffed against the ground. Same goes for the actors movements as well. The gun fights are a little less distracting though. If you have an hour and twenty minutes to burn on some old Clint Eastwood with antiquated film techniques, enjoy this old fashioned western.
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on January 15, 2015
Sorry, Clint Eastwood, but this low-budget oater from 20th Century Fox's Regal subsidiary is far from "the lousiest western ever made." In fact, it's a decent little western with interesting (if stock) characters that builds to a suspenseful, well-directed conclusion. Scott Brady is a solid, stoic lesder of a small band of cavalry survivors and a few other assorted settlers (Eastwood among them, in his first western outing, as a young Georgia hothead who can't put the Civil War behind him). The Apaches want the dozens of repeater rifles our cavalry guys saved from a raid that decimated Brady's squadron. When their horses are scared off by the Indians, there's no alternative to a 100-mile-plus hike across the desert to a secure Army fort--a nice setup for tense movement through well-photographed scenery. Some reviewers complained about the movie's slow pace, but seemed to me that it moved along crisply, propelled by the inevitable conflicts the characters experience. Eastwood displays strong hints of the charismatic actor he became. The weakest cast member is Margia Dean, as a fetching señorita the Apaches literally toss into the mix. She looks good, but is visibly too old for the role (which is poorly written anyway). I'll give her credit, though, for making sure that peasant blouse exposes one shoulder throughout the trek. I loved the movie's abrupt, clean end. It made its point and moved on. Loved the sound work too, especially during the climatic ambush when the tables are turned on the Apaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2014
THIS IS CLINT EASTWOOD'S FIRST WESTERN MADE IN 1958 ,WHICH WAS RELEASED ONE YEAR BEFORE RAWHIDE.EASTWOOD ON HIS WAY TO BECOME A STAR DON'T MISS THIS ONE.
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on July 30, 2015
You gotta start somewhere, I guess.

Clint plays a hot-headed southern cowboy... A Georgia Cowboy? Hmmm.... something not quite right there. A group of "yankees" are trying to transport a prisoner to justice (for breaking an arms treaty by selling repeater rifles to the Apaches)... and they are being tracked by the very same Apaches.

It's a bit cliched and linear in plot, but pretty much standard for a '50s Western. No major standouts in the cast (other than young Clint himself).

It's worth it to see Eastwood before he headed overseas for his foray into Spaghetti Westerns. So for that I give it a couple of stars.
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Ambush at Cimaron Pass didn't move quickly enough for my Guests. They prefer more action and for the action to be rapidly moving. Otherwise, the movie had convincing, professional Actors such as Clint Eastwood, Scott Brady, and Broderick Crawford. For those who appreciate black and white films with lovely landscape shooting, this is a good movie. Go for it, but understand it does move more slowly than other Westerns.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
A great western for fans who love the oldies and the plot format! The action will keep you interested as well as the landscape.
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on November 11, 2014
Just great looking at movies that are 30+ years old. This was one of the first movies that Clint Eastwood was in and it was fun to watch him as a young actor.
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on February 20, 2015
It was cool to see Clint Eastwood so young. Definitely was some eye candy. The movie itself was watchable. Not spectacular.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
I was really disappointed - there were options for how the movie could play out, but the move just screeched to an end. It was kind of like the director thought, "I'm almost out of film, let's end it..."
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