MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,801 this week

Pursued (1947)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,669 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 32 critic

Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 25 Feb 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 06 Mar 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 19 Jan 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Pursued" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pursued (1947)

Pursued (1947) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pursued.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pursued (2004)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A fast rising hi tech executive must protect his career and family from the ruthless tactics of a homicidal corporate headhunter.

Director: Kristoffer Tabori
Stars: Christian Slater, Gil Bellows, Estella Warren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
The Locket (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a shady-looking stranger rides into town to join his old friend it is assumed he is a hired gun. But as the new man comes to realise the unlawful nature of his buddy's business and the... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston
Nevada (1944)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Just as Nevada wins $7000 in yellowback bills, Ben Ide takes his #7000 in yellowbacks and heads out to buy mining equipment. Burridge has his man Powell kill Ide and retrieve the money and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Anne Jeffreys, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young girl rents an apartment from a man who has recently enlisted in the Marines. The trouble is that he's given out keys to a half-dozen of his friends, and they all keep dropping in.

Director: Joe May
Stars: Simone Simon, James Ellison, William Terry
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Outlaw Wes McQueen is sprung from jail to help pull one last railroad job. He doesn't like his new partners - except dance-hall girl Colorado - and anyway fancies Julie Ann newly arrived ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ellen Burton arrives in Africa to join Dr. Mary as her nurse, bringing modern medicine to the native peoples. Lonni Douglas, an animal wrangler and fortune hunter, agrees to take her ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Walter Slezak
Undercurrent (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum
Desire Me (1947)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Shortly after WWII, flashbacks tell the story of Marise, her husband Paul, and Jean, who was imprisoned with Paul in a German camp. While attempting to escape from the camp Paul is shot, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Conway, George Cukor, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum, Richard Hart
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Kim Hunter, Dean Jagger
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jeb
...
Mrs. Callum
...
Grant
...
Jake Dingle
John Rodney ...
Adam
...
Prentice
Clifton Young ...
The Sergeant
Ernest Severn ...
Jeb, age 11
Charles Bates ...
Adam, age 11
Peggy Miller ...
Norman Jolley ...
A Callum
Lane Chandler ...
A Callum
Elmer Ellingwood ...
A Callum
Jack Montgomery ...
A Callum
Edit

Storyline

After his family is murdered in the 1880s, orphan Jeb Rand is raised by the Callum family on their nearby horse ranch. He remains haunted by this childhood trauma in a recurring nightmare of flashing spurs and confinement inside a trap door as his family is slaughtered. Widow Callum does her best to make Jeb feel loved as he is growing up, but the young man stubbornly maintains a sense of his own identity. While he has great affection for his foster-sister Thor, his relationship with her brother Adam is tenuous at best, especially when Jeb blames him for shooting a colt that he was riding. Although Mrs. Callum blames the incident on deer hunters, she is aware that the it was actually the attempted murder of the youngster by her brother-in-law Grant, a shadowy figure who, for vague reasons, is determined to harm Jeb. Jeb loses a coin flip with Adam, and becomes the designated family volunteer to fight in the Spanish-American War. Jeb returns a hero, but does not find happiness. ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 March 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vallée de la peur  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film was screened on May 31, 2013 at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, especially to showcase the acting of star Robert Mitchum and the way director Raoul Walsh displayed the influence of Orson Welles with the movie's "crushing angles and looming close-ups." Made after WWII, the movie dramatizes a veteran's return home--after the Spanish-American War--almost 50 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Although some of the outdoor vistas are breathtaking, the standard establishing shot of the ranch is shot indoors with a quite obvious painted canvas backdrop. See more »

Quotes

Jeb: [Narrating] One day I rode up in the butte country...
[Approaching the burned out shell of a cabin]
Jeb: Came straight to this place just like I'd known the way. There was something in my life that ruined that house. That house was myself.
[Entering the charred remains]
Jeb: I'd seen it a million times before... the fireplace... the trap door...
[Walking outside again]
Jeb: Out back there was some cattle bones. All of a sudden I couldn't breathe, and then as I walked around the side, I came upon some unmarked ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lost: Outlaws (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick Weatherly set to traditional "Londonderry Air"
Sung by Robert Mitchum and John Rodney
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Nothing is as it seems
11 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Before tonight, I'd never seen this underrated western. It is a complex morality play as well as being a film noir. The film begins with a young boy (Jeb Rand) being rescued from a house destroyed.

He becomes part of the family, sort of headed by Ma Callum (wonderfully maternal by the skilled Judith Anderson). He is well loved by this woman, and should have grown up a normal hard working individual if she'd had her way, much like his stepbrother Adam (John Rodney). To all outward appearances, he did. He universally accepts his fate when he loses a coin toss. As the loser, he goes to a war he has neither interest in or understanding of. He comes back a hero. The ranch has been very profitable and the girl he left behind loves him and wants to marry him.

Again, everything seems good.

The tranquility is only on the surface, held together by the love of the mother matriarch. The natural son is insanely jealous of the adopted son. We never really find out why, nor does it matter. All the courtesy and soft-spoken talk is all veneer. Everyone has twisted emotions except Jeb (Robert Michum), who has problems, which he never denies, nor does he easily relate his problems.

After two very ugly killings, Thor (Teresa Wright) hatches a plot. She consents to being courted and married.

There is revenge in her heart. She is not the naive girl who wants the three of them to live together guided her mother's love and powerful moral upbringing. Thor is consumed by a Gothic kind of hatred. The hatred is so deeply ingrained that the mother, herself filled with a disappointed and mourning hatred, cannot stand to watch what the Thor has planned: she wants to kill Michum just as he thinks he has everything.

Michum persists, but not stupidly. He confronts her hatred. Incredible as it may seem, he forces her to back away from killing him and to let her love surface in its place, which he knows is there.

That is the complex characterization of the first half of the movie. The second part has to do with the Callum gang (headed by Grant – played by an amazingly sinister Dean Jagger) that tries to kill Michum on his wedding night at the old Rand ranch.

The rest of the movie is all gun shooting and melodrama, which I won't reveal more about.

The photography is astonishing with its shadows and light, which is like choreography. Wright is like a salad with ingredients that don't look they should go together but do. She is an underrated actress who must convey complex emotions, which not only contradict one another, but also are sometimes also false. It is to her credit that she does this easily. She is as Michum says, quite beautiful from a small distance. Close ups reveal how consumed she is in her depravity. If you don't believe this, watch her in the pride the Yankees. Close ups or shots taken from a distance show the same thing: a radiant vibrant woman transparently in love. This movie shows quite different side.

I can't quite bring myself to give this a 10, because the plot suffers the same way all morality plays do. Let us say it is an interesting eight with subtleties that make it very engaging.

An interesting 8 (out of 10).


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Feels more like film noir than a western scheelj1
Discuss Pursued (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?