The Naked Spur 1953 PG-13 CC

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(95) IMDb 7.5/10

James Stewart stars as a driven bounty hunter in pursuit of ruthless outlaw Robert Ryan, and his beautiful girlfriend, Janet Leigh.

Starring:
James Stewart, Janet Leigh
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

The Naked Spur

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Western
Director Anthony Mann
Starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh
Supporting actors Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell, Denver Pyle
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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If you like good Westerns with a twist in the end of the movie this one is for you.
Railroad man
Yet, much of the appeal of the film lies in the psychological and emotional tensions between the different characters.
Robert Moore
The Naked Spur was one of the very first spec scripts to get picked up by a major studio, and it's easy to see why.
Trevor Willsmer

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Jimmy Stewart's career was doing great in 1950, and hardly needed a boost, but nonetheless, he agreed to appear in Anthony Mann's Western WINCHESTER '73, and the always superb Stewart's career took a new and more complex path. In the 1950s, Stewart would make eight movies with Mann, and five of them--WINCHESTER '73 (1950), BEND OF THE RIVER (1952), THE NAKED SPUR (1953), THE FAR COUNTRY (1954), and THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955)--would be Westerns. These five Westerns fully rival the series of Westerns that John Wayne made with John Ford. They presented the public with a new Jimmy Stewart, one consistently beset with tragedy, often driven to the edge of what human beings can bear. And sometimes, as in THE NAKED SPUR, Stewart would portray a man so driven by the difficulties that life has thrust upon him, that his greatest struggle isn't with his human enemy so much as it is with his highly tenuous grip upon sanity.
Apart from the Native American extras, this film has only five characters: Jimmy Stewart as the bounty hunter seeking a man to collect a reward that will allow him to repurchase the ranch he has lost; Janet Leigh as a young girl who has been taken up by an outlaw; Robert Ryan as the outlaw Stewart is after; Ralph Meeker as a dishonorably discharged cavalry officer; and Millard Mitchell as the old timer whose real dream is finding a mother lode. It is a great cast, and the actors all work together in marvelous fashion. Stewart and Leigh had marvelous careers, but both Ryan and Meeker were great actors who never seemed to manage to have the kinds of careers you would have expected them to have.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on June 27, 2006
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James Stewart was a different man after he returned from World War II. Although still capable of playing the lovable, folksy character he played in comedies, his films upon his return from the war sometimes took a hard, even bitter edge. And the majority of these films were the Westerns he made in the 1950s with great director Anthony Mann. Making eight films in all, including non-Westerns such as The Glenn Miller Story and Strategic Air Command, they formed one of the strongest bodies of work between a director and actor in Hollywood history.

Beginning in 1950 with "Winchester '73", Stewart and Mann made Westerns that belied many of the typical genre films of that era. Stewart's heroes, instead of being stalwart, upright and likable, were often times somewhat shady, sinister, and not always likable. Of all of their great Westerns, including "Winchester '73," "The Man From Laramie," "Bend of The River," and others, probably the best film of their collaboration was "The Naked Spur," a story about a vicious, psychopathic outlaw captured by a group competing with each other to collect the bounty on the outlaw's head. The outlaw, played by relish and glee by Robert Ryan, uses the group's collective and individual greed against them in a bid to escape.

Stewart's performance is spectacular, ranging wildly from bitter to sympathetic, nervous to resolute, and the rest of the cast is also dynamic and evenly matched. This film was was well worth the wait for DVD, and should be purchased by all Stewart-lovers, Western-lovers, and Ryan-lovers, and perhaps one day, there will be many more Mann-lovers, because he was one of Hollywood's best directors, and he is largely forgotten today.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on April 20, 2008
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Tough and uncompromising, "The Naked Spur" (1953) is a classic Western with James Stewart and director Anthony Mann at the top of their game. Stunningly filmed in the Colorado Rockies, this psychological bounty-hunter odyssey makes the most of Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack Bloom's Oscar-nominated screenplay. Excellent performances by Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Ralph Meeker and Millard Mitchell prove an ideal match for Stewart's emotional intensity. William C. Mellor's Technicolor cinematography deserves the highest praise. Along with "Winchester '73" (1950), the finest of the Stewart-Mann collaborations.
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FIVE, yes count 'em, five characters carry this blistering tale of a bountyhunter (Stewart) who's come to collect the $5000 reward for the capture of a fugitive (Ryan) - dead or alive.

As you would expect, it's not a simple case of picking someone up and bringing them to justice cross-country (on horseback). As luck would have it, bountyhunter 'Howard Kemp' makes crosses paths and makes use of an AWOL cavalry soldier (the always grinning Ralph Meeker) and an old prospector (Millard Mitchell) to capture the wily outlaw 'Ben Vandergroat' (Robert Ryan).

Now Howard (James Stewart) is forced to split the reward three ways, but of course a lot can happen on the journey home. To make matters worse, the captured outlaw goads the others into killing the other two and bringing him in alone. He also sets his young female ward (Janet Leigh) on Howard to steal his heart (and his attention).

If you can only see one Anthony Mann western this one should be high on your list (IMDB rating: 7.4), but if I were you I'd go for more, a lot more! Westerns were Mann's specialty as the ratings seem to attest.

1953: 1 Oscar Nomination: Best Story & Screenplay
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