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The Tin Star (1958)

Henry Fonda , Anthony Perkins , Anthony Mann  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray, Neville Brand
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Writers: Barney Slater, Dudley Nichols, Joel Kane
  • Producers: George Seaton, Gordon Cornell Layne, William Perlberg
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001JXPWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tin Star" on IMDb

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This movie stars Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray, Neville Brand, John McIntire and Lee Van Cleef.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tin Star: A Badge is What You Make of It December 6, 2003
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In THE TIN STAR director Anthony Mann creates a western variation of the Grizzled Old Vet Teaching the Raw Rookie. This kind of film has built within it a pre-existing allure for the audience who will want to know if the rookie can learn what his mentor has to teach before crunch time. Henry Fonda is the veteran who used to be a sheriff before he turned to bounty hunting. Anthony Perkins is the green as grass newly appointed sheriff of a small western town who wants only to be good enough to be considered a permanent choice. In strolls Fonda looking for a bounty and what begins as a confrontation between established law and mercenary law soon morphs into a buddy movie. Each sees in the other either what he could be or what he once was. For a gunfighter movie, there is surprisingly little gunfighting. Most of the time, the audience gets a crash course in the finer points of being a peace officer. By the film's midpoint, Perkins wants to know why the Fonda character made the switch from a sanctioned badge to a hired gun. Fonda, as bounty hunter, tells a riveting tale of how a sheriff whom he once knew well (himself) needed money and had to catch a wanted man for the bounty only to find that when he was paid the money it was too late for the reward to be of any use.
The charm of THE TIN STAR is that it shows a character-driven western, a type that was not used again until Clint Eastwood revived the genre in his pre-DIRTY HARRY days. Fonda and Perkins bounce off each other in all the right ways. In supporting roles, Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand, John McIntyre, and Betsy Palmer add their distinctive style to a beloved genre of the western. In the extended conversations between veteran and rookie, both learn that a badge has a value unconnected to its metallic composition. A true lawman will comport himself just as if the badge were pure gold. THE TIN STAR is a movie of pure gold.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Anthony Mann Western March 21, 2007
Anthony Mann was known for the great hardbitten Westerns he made with frequent collaborator James Stewart, such as The Naked Spur, Winchester '73, The Man From Laramie, and others. But he did make one Western with Stewart's best friend and another Western movie stalwart, the great Henry Fonda.

Fonda comes into a small town with an outlaw dead over a saddle. He's a bounty hunter, formerly a lawman who has become cynical with life and justice, and prefers the pay and independence of bounty hunting to being a town marshal. The town has a young and very inexperienced sheriff, played by Anthony Perkins, who is struggling to hold the town together as a bigoted bully played by Neville Brand tries to force his way into the sheriff's office. Fonda takes a liking to Perkins, and tries to show him the tricks of the trade. When two half-breed brothers kill the town doctor, events spiral out of control.

The Tin Star is full of wonderful performances, from Fonda who sees in the idealistic Perkins the younger man he used to be and learns to love again thanks to Betsy Palmer, who plays a widow who has a half-breed son; to Perkins, who hits the right notes as someone who'll make a fine lawman if his dumb mistakes don't kill him first, and Brand as a menacing, hateful brute who runs over as many people as he can. John McIntire (another frequent Mann collaborator) is also great as the town doctor.

This is an all-time classic. Don't miss it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOES AGAINST MANNs OWN FORMULA June 16, 2004
THE TIN STAR seems to go against Anthony Mann's own formula, not so much for its plot, but in its casting of the principal actor Henry Fonda as the catalyst that motivates young sheriff Anthony Perkins (and the film) to live up to the demands of the position. Fonda's casting and presence as the hero seems to make the role static and less complex when compared to what James Stewart could have brought to the role (Stewart was Mann's usual choice for the leading man in his Westerns). Fonda's character is one of a bounty hunter / ex-sheriff who appears to have no moral ambiguities, thus the apprenticeship of Perkins under Fonda's moral stalwartness brings a very straightforward relationship to these main characters. Visually the film also seems to be limited to the town rather than on the wide unclosed vistas of the open range. This claustrophobic effect seems to repress elements of this otherwise interesting screenplay. However, these are only observed peculiarities to Anthony Mann's usual style. This is still a tightly scripted and enticing Western. The showdown between Perkins and Neville Brand is excellently played out. Elmer Bernstein's early Western score is very absorbing and insightful to the film's narrative. I particularly like Henry Fonda's role and his performance in this film. This is a good Western.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good but under-appreciated western. July 4, 2004
Henry Fonda was one of the greatest movie actors ever -- sometimes I think that he was THE greatest. Somehow Fonda managed to BE whomever he was playing, with no hint that he was acting, despite the wide variety of roles he played over his long career.
In The Tin Star Fonda is superb as an embittered ex-sheriff turned bounty hunter who scoffs at naive but dedicated Anthony Perkins, the newly-appointed sheriff in a town to which Fonda has come to collect the reward for an outlaw he has killed. While waiting in town for his reward money to arrive, Fonda reluctantly mentors Perkins in the art of being an effective sheriff and staying alive while doing it. There is a subplot involving Fonda's developing relationship with a widow (played by Betsy Palmer) and her half-Indian son. Although there is action in The Tin Star, the movie is primarily about the relationships among the principal characters and how they change each other. This is a very good western -- indeed a very good movie -- in every respect. But Fonda's role makes it outstanding. Please don't pass up this under-appreciated classic now that it's available on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Dennis J. Overend
5.0 out of 5 stars The harder lesson is learning men!
Henry Fonda plays a man soured on law enforcement because the citizens who hired him were weak cowards. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chopperbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the greatest westerns ever made, I'd say in top five
Published 2 months ago by Winona Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No doubt one of the best westerns with a simple message.
Published 2 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry Fonda
It's good in my opinion. I do not like Ouzo.
Published 3 months ago by Wesley B. Loflin III
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tin Star
This is not a shoot em western like you may be used too. There are gun fights, but they are not the focus of the movie. Anthony Perkins is new inexperienced Sheriff in town. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bwhami
5.0 out of 5 stars sharp
fonda was and will always be a consumate actor this is clear in this film as he carries a big stick but never has to do a thing more than too just show up not many could pull that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by tim huxoll
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good old western
It was a good old western. Ben needs help being a confident Sheriff and not just a kind soft-hearted gentleman. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lillian Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars 50's Westerns
I find it hard to give an Anthony Mann film less then three stars but Tin Star while a watchable film, is product of the western genre of the 50's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Frederick Otero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western movie
It's more than an average Western, great story line. Good actors . Nothing phony about this picture.It could have really happened
Published 8 months ago by Art Larson
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