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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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful movie; Mitchum was one of the best actors and the part he plays in this movie brings out all of his great talent. The wonderful country is the USA. Read morePublished 2 months ago by randy ward
Its a Mitchum movie so it can't be too bad....but it wasn't one of his best..lacking somehow.Published 2 months ago by Robert Hawk
While slow in many parts, the film is ok, especially because of Mitchum who is almost always good. He plays a man who killed a man who had killed his father. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Israel Drazin
Loved how well it was shot and after so many years still looked really good.
It was a great story line, the American stuck down in Mexico because of his... Read more
RM was a classy guy, this was the first time ever recalled seeing this one... It's okay, but not really a keeper.Published 5 months ago by Rufusfirefly
Interesting movie because of the cast, the scenery, and the music. The plot is thin and uninteresting; too much screen time was spent on trivial matters, and the big themes were... Read morePublished 6 months ago by olemikey
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