Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in ... See full summary »
Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in prison. Matt dies from a stroke partly caused by his rebellious sons and when Joe gets out he plans revenge. Written by
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Senora Devereaux's dress changes colour in different shots as she stands at the gate talking to Matt Devereaux. See more »
I now ask you, sir, do you remember the names Charlie Monger, Red Dog Johnson or Carlos Rameriez?
The incident may be too trivial to recall. But isn't it true that you summarily hanged three of these men on the afternoon of June 4th?
They were stealing my cattle!
I thought you didn't remember them.
I didn't ask their names!
You just hanged 'em?
By the neck until they were dead. They were thieves!
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When this film came out, the main attraction was that it was in Cinemascope and I cannot remember where this system was better used. This is a great film, one of the best westerns ever made. It starts with a wolf running in the giant landscape and finishes with a wolf howling and Kathy Jurado smiling because she knows what it means. Robert Wagner is called Joseph, and has a lot in common with Joseph in the Bible, because of the way he is treated by his brothers from a different mother, and specially on the issue of forgiveness, which in this case will be represented by whether he will seek revenge or not. Spencer Tracy is the patriarch, he also has in common with the Biblical Jacob the fact that he worked so many years. Richard Widmark is the son who cannot forgive Tracy for having married Jurado, and for having treated him so hard. When he tries to explain to Tracy why he hates him, Tracy gives a great answer telling him that the gates were always open, he could have left like Tracy did in his youth, and the fact that he did not leave reveals Widmark's blind ambition. Tracy and sons fight the people on a copper plant which is polluting the river in a scene very reminiscent of the family going against the railroad in "Duel in the Sun". Make sure to see this film on widescreen.
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