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Ride Beyond Vengeance

4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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A poor-but-proud man, Jonas Trapp (Chuck Connors, Soylent Green) insists his rich, new bride Jessie (Kathryn Hays, TV’s “As the World Turns”) leave her pampered life in Cold Iron and join him in Kansas, where he'll work as a buffalo hunter. Rebuffed, Jonas goes alone. And now, eleven years later, he’s back to reclaim his wife with the $17,000 he’s earned. When Jonas is savagely attacked on the outskirts of town, he stops at nothing to avenge himself upon the men who beat, branded and robbed him: sadistic dandy Johnsy Boy Hood (Bill Bixby, TV’s “The Incredible Hulk”), babbling drunk Elwood Coates (Claude Akins, Rio Bravo) and crooked banker Brooks Durham (Michael Rennie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951), who is courting Jessie, now an embittered woman who believes Jonas is dead.

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  • Actors: Bill Bixby, Claude Akins, Joan Blondell, Chuck Connors, Gloria Grahame
  • Directors: Bernard McEveety
  • Producers: Andrew J. Fenady
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BITVB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ride Beyond Vengeance" on IMDb

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"Ride Beyond Vengeance" is more than a typical western. Although produced on a low budget by television producers Mark Goodson And Bill Toddman ("The Price is Right") and featuring several names mostly familiar to TV audiences, it has a dynamic, if pessimistic script more concerned with character development than standard action--not that the film lacks action or violence.

Cowboy Jonas Trapp (Chuck Connors of "Rifleman" fame) falls in love with the beautiful Jessie (Kathryn Hays), very appealing in her first film, a wealthy girl out of his humble class. Against the wishes of her snobbish aunt (Ruth Warrick), she marries him, later faking a pregnancy to win her aunt's consent. But Jonas tires of living off of his wife's family, and eventually deserts her to become a buffalo hunter. 11 years later, with his self-made fortune, he sets out to return home, only to be set upon by three sadistic marauders, Michael Rennie, Bill Bixby and Claude Akins, who steal his money and leave him for dead. Rescued by a farmer (Paul Fix, Connors' "Rifleman" co-star) who nurses him back to health, Jonas becomes consumed by the desire for revenge. As fate would have it, all three men live close to Jonas' former home. Matters quickly get worse when Jonas reunites with his wife, only to discover that she is now engaged to Rennie.

Made on a three week schedule on an obvious sound-stage, "Ride Beyond Vengeance" succeeds in transcending it's shortcomings by the powerful acting of a first-rate cast. Connors gives his best performance, and he is well (if briefly) supported by Joan Blondell (as a gossipy townswoman), Gloria Grahame (a cheating wife having an affair with Bixby), Gary Merrill as Jonas' foster father, Frank Gorshin as an arrogant ranch hand, and Buddy Baer as a town bully.
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Yes; This Has the Cheesy Look and Production Values of a Made For TV Movie; and the Framing Device With James MacArthur as 'The Census Taker' is Really Hokey; But....A Really Great Little Hardboiled Western Film Noir Ensues; as Chuck Connors Gets Royally Screwed Over Time and Again; and Finally Starts Kicking a Lot of Righteous Ass.... The Film is a Who's Who of Character Actors; From Arthur O'Connell to Joan Blondell to Gloria Grahame to Frank Gorshin.......Basically, Everyone on the Universal Backlot Was Called in........After Years in the Wilderness; Buffalo Hunter Conners Returns to Town; Only to be Waylaid and Branded By Sadistic Dandy-Boy Gigolo Bill Bixby (Amazing ); Robbed By Michael Rennie and Claude Akins....... Who All Refer to Him as 'Buffaler Stink'.....When He Finally Crawls Into Town; His Wife Doesn't Recognize Him; Thinking Him a Creepy Drunk; and Slaps Him Every Time They Meet.....It Only Gets Worse From There......Lots of Brooding Drama; Angst; and One of the Longest, Best Barroom Brawls Put on Film Occur....... The Film is So Great on Many Levels; But Also Unintentionally Funny As Well; A Great Film To Invite a Bunch of People to Watch ; Just to See Their Reactions!!.......

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Top-quality value and customer service. I enjoyed watching this old movie with Chuck Conners, Bill Bixby, and so many other character actors in cameo roles, on "instant video." It was fun to rewind, stop and return later, watch several times. Then it was gone, because the price is for viewing for only 24-hours.
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A very entertaining movie unlike any western you'll ever see. Chuck Connors tears up the screen with his charisma, towering presence, and fists! Most everyone in this has their talents fully exploited with drunkard Claude Akins always talking to his imaginary alter ego "whisky man", uptight dandy Bill Bixby, and freaked out murder witness frank gorshin making the most of their screen time. Full of action, drama and a wicked sense of humor (just under the surface), almost every scene is a classic for one reason or another. Chuck really does get "branded" this time by cattle rustlers Akins, Michael Rennie, and sadist Bill Bixby, after which he discovers his money gone and heads to town looking for his old flame and the three guys. Kathryn Hays is tough and does a great job as Chuck's wife whom he deserted years back to pursue his fortune. Although this is a violent movie, there is no blood. Besides the rifleman this is Chuck Connors best role. 16x9 DVD pitcure is great, mono audio also good.
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Somebody done Chuck Conners wrong. They robbed and branded him as a thief. Worse yet, one of the men wants his wife. Chuck's out for revenge.

An All-Star cast gets lined up where with Chuck Conners, Joan Blondell, Michael Rennie (Klaatu in Day the Earth Stood Still), Claude Akins, James McDarren and Bill Bixby.

This is a really good Western. Yes, there's gunplay and horses as well as numerous fights. But there's a lot of thinking to be done.
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I LOVE this movie. Chuck Connors gives a tour de force performance but unlike as the Rifleman (one of my favorite shows ever), he gets to run the gamut from inscrutable to loving to menacing and violent (even gets to sex it up, does some passionate open-mouth kissing, gulp). The dialogue is inspired, albeit odd (unique!).

Gosh, everybody's in this movie- Paul Fix, Michael Rennie (Klaatu in The Day The Earth Stood Still), Gloria Grahame, Bill Bixby (The Hulk, The Courtship of Eddie's Father), comedian Robert Q. Lewis (!), veteran Joan Blondell, Gary Merrill, Claude Akins (Dragnet), wonderful Arthur O'Connell, Frank Gorshin (the Riddler), on and on. Everyone's acting is topnotch (though often over the top). Perhaps the movie is resonant with everyone relishing doing it and enjoying themselves (Connors was known for his fun-loving personality both on and off the set.) Many of the cast were long-time friends.

The film was low-budget and shot in just three weeks on a soundstage. If this is low-budget, I would've loved to see what they could do with a big budget- it's splendid, deliciously self-important (like Edward D. Wood Jr. or Tom Laughlin movies are, but with a decent script), and worthy of cult status, imho. Like nothing else, the film has an unexpected but fitting ending, and O'Connell and erstwhile sociologist James MacArthur tie it all up rather nicely and philosophically in the modern day.

Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev loved The Rifleman and Connors too- when he visited the U.S. he hugged Connors and jumped up into his arms! Connors was one tall drink of water, a hunk, and utterly charming, and this odd little film shows him in all his post-Rifleman glory. He is missed.
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