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Warlock (1959)

Henry Fonda , Richard Widmark , Edward Dmytryk  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone, Dolores Michaels
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Writers: Robert Aurthur, Oakley Hall
  • Producers: Edward Dmytryk
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BGGIY0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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WARLOCK is the story of a town overrun by a gang of bandits and thugs, which leads the honest folk to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman, to be their marshal and somehow save them from the evil gang. Presented in 4:3 pan and scan using the highest quality source material available.

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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near brilliant, undiscovered western January 29, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The 1959 film "Warlock" is one of those great surprises for movie fans. It's a classic western, undiscovered, awaiting the lucky viewer who happens to stumble across it. After viewing this dark, almost gothic oater, most viewers will ask themselves, "Why haven't I heard of this film?!"
I'm not sure as to why "Warlock" has been relatively ignored over the years, though I think the film is derivative of other films. I think the generic Hollywood backlots where "Warlock" was undoubtedly filmed certainly detract from its overall allure. But simply put, "Warlock" fell through the cracks, and it's a film deserving of reexamination.
Part "High Noon," part "Shane," part "The Searchers," "Warlock" tells the tale of a town victimized by crime. They hire a gunfighter in the form of Henry Fonda, who arrives with a crippled sidekick (Anthony Quinn) in tow. Fonda's character becomes a semi-celebrity, granted carte blanche as he calmly strolls the streets adorned in shining pistols and dark suits. The cantankerous Quinn, lugging around a shotgun, watches Fonda's back while sipping champagne and taking care of the finances.
But the town (named Warlock) is anything but a simple job. A former love of Quinn's (Dorothy Malone) is a resident, and he wants her back. Richard Widmark also resides here, and he's none too happy about the hiring of the gunfighters, sensing the community should stand up for itself. A young woman (Dolores Michaels) also catches Fonda's eye, and for the first time he begins to wonder about settling down. All of these emotional dramas play out, having tragic circumstances.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warlock ain't for me July 10, 2005
Format:DVD
One of the great, forgotten westerns, Edward Dmytryk's WARLOCK is the story of the little southwestern town of Warlock and its ongoing battle with a gang of law breaking desperados. The gang is led by Abe McQuown (Tom Drake,) a bad hombre who we can safely assume has ruled Warlock for a long, long time. The first scene in the film shows McQuown and gang `calling out' the town's deputy sheriff. If the opening scene is a little reminiscent of the closing scenes of `High Noon', the deputy sheriff's inglorious exit is not. He's humiliated out of town, and McQuown's control of the cowed town is once again secure and unquestioned.

One emergency town council meeting later the town agrees to spend the exorbitant amount of $400 a month to buy the services of gunslinger Clay Blaisedell (Henry Fonda) and his tag-along friend, gambling operator and dime magazine hero Tom Morgan (Anthony Quinn), the `Black Rattlesnake of St. James.' Since Warlock is not an incorporated town, Blaisedell becomes town marshal `by acceptance.' In other words, he's not legally a law officer because the law doesn't recognize his authority. The town accepts him to keep the peace, which more or less means bringing the McQuown gang to heel. Blaisedell comes with a notorious reputation of his own, and the town is increasingly uncomfortable using anarchy and murder to destroy anarchy and murder. Of course, nobody wants to take over as deputy sheriff, either - all that job offers is $40 a month and a spot in the short line for a pine box. Fortunately, a former McQuown gang member, Johnny Gannon (Richard Widmark), agrees to take the job and help Warlock `grow up.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Westerns Of The 50's! March 19, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Warlock is one of those movies that got lost in the shuffle in the years following its release. Subsequent classics like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Magnificent Seven, The Man With No Name trilogy, The Wild Bunch, etc, all diverted attention away from this 1959 Western masterpiece. Expertly directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda (in one of his best Western roles), Anthony Quinn (in arguably HIS best Western role), DeForest Kelley, and Dorothy Malone, this is a movie that - upon further review - truly does hold up very well against even the best Westerns of all time.

Fonda plays a Marshall (gun) for hire who is brought in to "clean up" the town of Warlock. He does so with the proviso that he can do it his way, with no interference from the town council. They agree, but he warns them that at first they will love him and what he does, but later on they will come to hate him and his methods. His prediction comes true, but the way the story plays out belies the usual Western cliche's. The script is expertly written with characters that ring true in a rather sophisticated storyline.

Warlock, in a way, combines the classic Western styles of the 40's & 50's, with what would be seen in the 60's, and even foreshadows some elements that would be seen later in modern (1980's to present) Westerns. It is a great character study, and has (rightly) been called the quintessential "Psychological Western." While Warlock isn't a "shoot 'em up" Western, the action sequences are very good and the movie is riveting throughout.

The DVD transfer lives up to the high standards of the movie itself. The picture is sharp and the print is clean (for a movie of this age), and the colors are vibrant. This is a movie that belongs in the collection of every Western fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS FLICK WAS RELEASED TO THEATERS IN 2:35 FORMAT
no stars dvd & 5 stars movie....in the new modern age of tvs the 4:3 or 1:33 should not be an option for a dvd unless that's the way theaters presented the movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob Wyler
1.0 out of 5 stars Fox Cinema Archive release is appallng!
This classic western, Warlock has been previously released as a widescreen, (original Cinemascope OAR) pressed DVD, so it's rather an appalling mystery that Fox Cinema Archive has... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gregory Espinoza
4.0 out of 5 stars "Trouble and death follow you. Warlock's had enough of both."
The big-screen western was in dire straits in the 1950s as it fought a losing battle against wall-to-wall Western series on TV, yet the decade still managed to see filmmakers... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good solid western even if the theme is similar to other western...
Many people will ignore western movies because they think these kinds of movies have simple plots. Nevertheless, there are other western story fans who see the deeper aspects of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Western.... Great Cast
This is one of my favorite older westerns. Richard Widmark, Henery Fonda, Anthony Quinn, and even Leonard Mc Coy (Doc from the orig Star Trek). Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars For western lovers.
Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda really shine in this movie. Anthony Quinn is pretty good too. It is standard good vs evil story with very little gun play. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Duane G. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Warlock
"Warlock" is a forgotten classic and one of the best westerns ever made. It is from a period in Hollywood history - the late 1950s - when the anti-hero makes its first appearance... Read more
Published 15 months ago by off the tropic
5.0 out of 5 stars Three very different actors
Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, & Richard Widmark. Three lead actors. 2 Oscar winners. One western. Do the math. It's simple arithmetic it adds up to an outstanding movie. Read more
Published 17 months ago by submariner
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special
Good acting - Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Anthony Quinn, etc. But no actual heroes, no one really wins, everyone seems to lose. A strange western. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Philos
5.0 out of 5 stars western best
this wester is just so good as it was in 1959 i had AlMost forgotten the wonder of it. and it came so fast i es just like kid on xmas
Published 21 months ago by addie clayton
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