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Run for Cover (1955)

James Cagney , Viveca Lindfors , Nicholas Ray  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, Ernest Borgnine, John Derek, Jean Hersholt
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007J3ISHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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James Cagney plays an ex-convict who survives a lynch mob and becomes the town's sheriff in this beautifully shot western directed by the great Nicholas Ray (Johnny Guitar). After serving a six-year prison term for a crime he didn't commit he's once again wrongly accused of robbing a train with a young man (John Derek) he had befriended during his trail. The two men barely survive the trigger-happy posse who would rather shoot first and ask questions later. When word of Cagney's prowess with a gun reaches the local townsfolk, he is offered the job of sheriff. The great cast includes Viveca Lindfors as Swedish farmer's daughter who falls in love with Cagney and Ernest Borgnine as the leader of a dreaded gang of outlaws. This was Cagney's first western since 1939s The Oklahoma Kid.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cagney's best Western June 8, 2012
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Jimmy Cagney starred in three Westerns during his long acting career---OKLAHOMA KID, TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN, and RUN FOR COVER. Of these RUN FOR COVER is his best outing as a cowboy. This handsomely-produced, Nicholas Ray-directed film also stars John Derek, with a solid cast of recognizable Western "regulars." The film is shot in spectacular Technicolor, with a solid and tight plot, fine acting, and great production values.

Olive Films has been releasing quality issues of a number of classic 1950s Westerns licensed from Paramount Pictures. In this series are DENVER & RIO GRANDE, SILVER CITY, THE JAYHAWKERS, PONY EXPRESS, THE HANGMAN, and THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY, all of which repay re-viewing. Let's hope Olive will continue this series with such fine films as WARPATH (also with O'Brien, and directed by Bryon Haskin) and FLAMING FEATHER (with Sterling Hayden), and other other films with Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd and John Payne.

In the meantime, this film is highly recommended--it's first class Western entertainment. Thanks Olive!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cagney's first Blu Ray delivers June 17, 2012
By Michael
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Olive films Blue Ray of the 1955 Paramount film in Technicolor and Vistavision is an eye popper. Tightly written with contributions by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank who have had a hand in some of the best adapted screenplays ever written. I'm talking about THE LONG HOT SUMMER, THE SOUND AND THE FURY, HUD, HOMBRE THE REIVERS,NORMA RAE, MURPHY'S ROMANCE and THE COWBOYS. The director is something of a legend himself. Nicholas Ray who made this gem between JOHNNY GUITAR & REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Cagney gets more than able support from Viveca Lindfors, John Derek & Ernest Borgnine. The tale of an ex-con (cagney) who almost get lynched and ends up sheriff over his former tormentors is riveting. Along with the Tashlin-Lewis Olive releases I purchased recently I now feel secure that there is an alternative for classic film lovers who don't want to be reduced to MOD-R.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cagney in a Sympathetic Role April 13, 2013
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Interesting to see Cagney play a good guy, and the relationship with Lindfors is nicely developed. The same is not as true with Derek's character; it's all too obvious that he and Cagney have to wind up as the antagonists, and the redemption at the end is a little abrupt. TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN is the better Cagney Western.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER EXCELLENT CAGNEY December 22, 2012
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This is just a simple story western!! It is most enjoyable and Mr.Cagney is fabulous as always!! He is a bit more
restrained in this one but its always a joy to watch this Guy!! He was truely one of Our Nations Great Artists!! If U
enjoy Westerns..U will enjoy this as well!! Good Back Up cast of excellent Actors make this work!! ENJOY!!!
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By Paul
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This is one of my all-time favorite westerns. I saw it on the big screen at the Chicago Theater in 1955. Cagney was there in person and spoke to the audience before the screening. I especially remembered to put a penny in my mouth when crossing the desert. Little survival tidbits like that make stories memorable. Great movie, superb acting, fantastic scenery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars movie June 21, 2014
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movie was great need more movies with james cagney would like to see james cagney in man with thousand faces
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Western! June 10, 2014
By Pete
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Cagney doesn't disappoint in one of his later screen performances. Well written and acted this picture is a rather unknown gem and well worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars run for cover May 26, 2014
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i bought this dvd for my husband and myself ,as he is a western fan it was an enjoyable movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars James Cagney
Great movie,seeing James Cagney in a western.
Published 29 days ago by HENRY EARL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like most older movies they have a story and some good acting,
No foul language or naked sex scenes.
Published 1 month ago by bdj4882
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5 Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jerry B. Kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars james cagney love all his movies
good james cagney love his movies on top of world ma, all his gangers movies and his western movies also
Published 5 months ago by Melvin Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Cagney is great
This was a real treat. I have never heard of this movie so it was a pleasant surprise. The lead actress was a sweetheart.
Published 7 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed movie very much.
Excellent movie. I have always liked James Cagney and particularly enjoy him in a western. It was a very good story.
Published 12 months ago by John E Mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars Run For Cover
This is an excellent movie this would have to be one James Cagney's best western's that i have watched
plenty of action and good supporting actors well worth watching.
Published 15 months ago by Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars who da thunk it
Who da thunk James Cagney could be a cowboy.I was gently surprised.This western gives a good story,good acting,good casting,beautiful scenery,in color, 93 minutes long, and a great... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JUDAS TREES
4.0 out of 5 stars Cagney Goes West
After a long hiatus from doing western films, James Cagney made this film in New Mexico. The film is gorgeous especially on blu-ray. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dr. Video
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