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Robert Mitchum plays a jaded Civil War hero who's pursued into the barren frontier wilderness by inner demons from his childhood pas t and real killers in the present. His passion for Teresa Wright, who plays his stepsister, leads to a fatal gunfight with her brot her. Embittered and intent on seeking revenge on their wedding night, Wright marries Mitchum, but the arrival of a mysterious stran ger out to settle an old score with Mitchum sidetracks her and leads to a startling climax of treachery, murder and shocking revelat ions.
Hollywood's first "psychological Western" and one of Robert Mitchum's best early films, Pursued boasts a dark scenario--by Niven (Duel in the Sun) Busch--about a man psychically scarred by a tragedy his mind refuses to recall. Modern-day audiences will have no trouble decoding the mystery, but that doesn't undercut the movie's dramatic power, or the rugged beauty of what's been put on screen by two master filmmakers, director Raoul Walsh and cameraman James Wong Howe. With seasoned professionalism, they accommodate all the newfangled Freudianism and smoothly integrate the bedrock Western with the inky film noir. The rest of the cast includes Teresa Wright (then Mrs. Busch) as Mitchum's adoptive sister, who may become his lover and/or his killer; Dean Jagger, smilingly sinister as a weasely in-law; and that grande dame of the Gothic, Judith Anderson, as a frontier matriarch. --Richard T. Jameson
Robert Mitchum - One of the best.
I have always liked this actor, he makes acting look so easy and natural. Read more
Robert Mitchum does a wonderful job in this film, as always. Good story and the movie was long enough that I felt I got my money's worth. The only problem was with the CD itself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hava K.
The first ever Western to use film noir styling, Pursued is a curio not to be missed. Mitchum is great as the man raised by a family with a big secret. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kujifanya Jina
Another great action film headlined by Icon Robert Mitchum , with a great character supporting Cast .Published 8 months ago by Jack V. Carlisle
Purchased for my husband. He loves it". If you iLife Robert Mitchum you will enjoy this movie.Published 10 months ago by val
It's a western, it's a film noir, it's a revenge saga, it's a mystery, it's a who's-my-papa yarn. There's suspense, damaged childhoods, two generations' worth of lust, near-incest... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric O. Allstrom
Have seen this twice. Great movie. Great actors and actresses. Great storyline.Published 11 months ago by Alyce Silva