Man Of The West
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The tension in the film never lets up, as the threat of violence hangs in every scene. Cooper is fine in one of his last performances, portraying a man who has tried hard to overcome his past, finding himself in a situation where he must literally fight for his survival. London also does well as the saloon singer finally experiencing love, giving a quietly moving performance. Cobb is explosive as usual, helping to give the film some of its tension and edge.
Man Of The West is well photographed in colour, with empty spaces looming everywhere in the backdrop of the struggle. Director Anthony Mann keeps everything simple, if not elemental, not shying away from portraying the brutality of the characters and the situation. Other than an obviously "stagey" fight between Cooper and one of the gang (lots of easy to spot fake punches), there is a dark realism throughout the movie.
Man Of The West may not be a very well known Western, but it deserves to be seen.
"Man of the West" starred Cooper instead of James Stewart, and its highly charged story of the conflict between two one-time partnered outlaws, one now reformed, carries strong overtones of sex and violence, the one motivated by the presence of Julie London, the other taken care of by Lee J. Cobb's particularly repulsive villain... The film is replete with interesting, complex characters and exciting situations...
Gary Cooper, in the Arizona of the 1870s, sets forth from his little town with six hundred dollars to hire for it a teacher... A trip on a train introduces him to a comely saloon singer (Julie London), to a card sharp (Arthur O'Connell), but also to a bit of his past he'd rather forget... For when the train is held up it is all too soon apparent that the gang is one to which he'd belonged in the bad old days, led by a villainous kinsman (Lee J. Cobb) and containing another member of the family (John Dehner).
The reformed Cooper's only chance of a getaway--and the girl's chance too--lies in him convincing Cobb and Co., that his loyalties lie with them... Fine, says Cobb, in effect, but do something to prove it.
The 'something' is joining in a stage bank hold-up...
From this moment, the theme is familiar in Mann Westerns and here the mechanics of the 'purging' and the power of it get their best expression... Mann's picture shifts from half-comedy to tense melodrama...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the timeless classic of extra ordinary story telling. This is far more than a western. This is a challenge to a mans courage and his duty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cooper was past his prime but I enjoyed the movie. The story has some issues but not bad enough to not enjoy.Published 4 months ago by Michael Fortenberry
A Gary Cooper Western... Very good movie... If you are a Gary Cooper fan, you will definitely love this film.Published 5 months ago by Koray Erdivanli
Gary Cooper in a good western - what more could you want. Plus, Julie London, smoking hot!
Coop is good, very good as the ex-outlaw, trying to go straight. Read more
By far the worst screenplay of any Gary Cooper movie I have ever seen. I cannot believe Gary Cooper as well as Anthony Mann, the director got themselves involved in making this,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rich
Man of the West pits a man who has fought to change his life against dangerous men from his past after a train robbery.
Loved the villain played by Lee J. Read more
Another five starrer because of Cooper's presence. At the time he made this movie, he was getting older but, as usual, he carries the picture well. Lee J. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jimv