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The Wonderful Country (1959)

Robert Mitchum , Julie London , Robert Parrish  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill, Jack Oakie, Albert Dekker
  • Directors: Robert Parrish
  • Writers: Robert Ardrey, Tom Lea
  • Producers: Robert Mitchum, Chester Erskine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007232DF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Mitchum portrays a gunrunner willing to sell his services to the highest bidder, only to have his loyalty captured by a Ranger's beautiful wife (Julie London).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful is the right word April 10, 2012
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Ever since first seeing it many years ago, THE WONDERFUL COUNTRY has cast its melancholy spell over me. Therefore, I was delighted when a made-on-demand DVD became available from MGM.

Robert Mitchum plays "the assassin, the murderer, the pistolero, Martin Brady", a hired gun for the ruthless Castro brothers in northern Mexico. Weary of what he has become in their service, and being a wanted man north of the Rio Grande, he is a man between two countries. Circumstances soon make his situation even more dangerous.

Mitchum is excellent, as is the entire cast. Julie London is impressive as the woman(trapped in her own desperation)Brady falls in love with. The familiar faces of Gary Merrill, Albert Dekker, Charles McGraw, Jack Oakie, Jay Novello, and Pedro Armendariz & Victor Mendoza as the Castros, round out the superb cast. Satchel Paige as a cavalry sergeant has his moments too.

The direction of Robert Parish, beautiful cinematography of the Durango locations, and a note perfect score by Alex North make this an unforgetable film. Anyone who has ever seen it will likely remember Mitchum's last line - "Lagrimas, a horse called tears".

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:66 to 1, the picture quality is good throughout. No special features are provided on the disc. It's wonderful to finally have this unfairly neglected Western masterpiece on DVD.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This picture gives executive-producer Mitchum a chance to bring film noir sensibilities to a Tex-Mex Western, and it works just fine thanks to fine craftsmenship both in front and behind the camera. An outstanding supporting cast really gives this one a boost. Floyd Crosby and Alex Phillips offer up some terrific location photography, and Alex North provides a rich musical background. Robert Parrish directs with customary skill.
The DVD-R provides a nicely saturated, anamorphic presentation at the correct 1:66 to 1 ratio. The sound is 2.0 monophonic. Grain structure and image sharpening are evident, but the presentation is a fine one for a film that mostly surfaces only on TCM. There is a non-anamorphic, region-2 Spanish dvd that can now be considered obsolete. Fans of this film should be happy with this release.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A variation in western lore as seen in todays movies. November 7, 2012
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Amongst so many western movies it's always wonderful to view something that does not follow the traditionally established scripts that never seem to deviate from hundreds of established norms. The authors certainly brought forth a scenario that holds the attention of the viewer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent western February 24, 2013
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Robert Mitchum is perfect for the role of the American pistolero working for a powerful Mexican
family. The story is a fascinating account of how an American who fled across the border returns
to find that his earlier transgression as a young boy no longer prevent him from staying in the
United States, and serving as a Texas Ranger. However, the story is deeper than it seems because
it is filled with different messages about love, loyalty, and discrimination. The way Mitchum
mouths the term "Gringo" to Gary Merrill connotes the dislike Mexicans have for ugly Americans.
This is an overlooked film that requires careful attention to the rich texture of the images and
colors that divide cultures and people. It is also an engaging film in which Mitchum's acting
reveals the way a man wrestles with identity, loyalty, and love before making a decision on who
he is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Country. December 24, 2013
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A good Mitchum movie. I did a couple stunts in this one, but was only in Durango, Mexico a little less than a week. My friend, Chuck Roberson called me down for a stunt or two. I did a horse fall as an Indian and a dangerous saddle fall and drag. Lot's of action and a good story. You will enjoy watching this one.....Jack Young
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem May 15, 2013
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Based on the excellent novel by Tom Lea, The Wonderful Country is a thoughtful study of violence and its results. A very solid cast highlights the film, as well as beautiful photography. The film also boasts suprisingly good costumes and period detail for the time it was made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful Country February 18, 2013
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What can I say. A great western with Robert Mitchum and the gorgeous Julie London. No matter what he is playing - cowboy or detective - Mitch is great. An interesting story. Almost a western film-noir. A must have for Mitch fans. Great viewing quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its Robert Mitchum February 20, 2013
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Another great western by the great Robert Mitchum. Great cast, great story. Julie Londons's as sweet as ever. Transfer is a 4 out of 5 and can be watched by whole your favorite artists.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fiction
This is an interesting movie based on a book.
Published 1 month ago by Dyana J. Mullican
4.0 out of 5 stars Western Movie
Was very good old movie.
Published 1 month ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by staupin
4.0 out of 5 stars LAGRIMAS
This outstanding movie comes from the book published in 1952 by the same name "The Wonderful Country". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kay's Husband
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gave as a gift.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Wehrman
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Lea's classic in film
Years ago Tom Lea, a native of sw Texas, wrote one of the 10 best westerns known to me. I read this classic annually. Read more
Published 8 months ago by xtrambler
5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
This was a gift for my husband. He had wanted to see this again. He was very happy to receive this.
Published 11 months ago by carla davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Which is the wonderful country?
Great book by Tom Lea - famous artist, especially for his paintings of World War Two - in particular the fantastic "Two Thousand Yard Stare" portrait of a Marine who has been in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PhD Man
2.0 out of 5 stars A Flop for Mitchum
Robert Mitchum is an excellent actor, but not even his work can save this film. The movie's plot is contrived, and in places, nonsensical! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dwight Logan
4.0 out of 5 stars most battles happen along borders
Being good at what one does carries one disadvantage -- too many demands are made. This is the fate of Mitchum's character Martin Brady, a gunslinger sought out by a powerful... Read more
Published 16 months ago by likes good books, music, movies
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