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Broken Lance (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 25 September 1954 (USA)
The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona.

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Joe Devereaux
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Barbara
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Ben Devereaux
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Señora Devereaux
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Mike Devereaux
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Two Moons
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Denny Devereaux
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Horace - The Governor
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Clem Lawton
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Van Cleve
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Mac Andrews
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The age of E. G. Marshall's character is 56. In reality, Marshall was age 40 at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara visits Joe in prison, he angrily leaves her and when he grabs the iron bar cell door, it visibly shakes and wobbles. No iron bar door in prison is constructed shabbily enough to do that. See more »

Quotes

Van Cleve: I now ask you, sir, do you remember the names Charlie Monger, Red Dog Johnson or Carlos Rameriez?
Matt Devereaux: No.
Van Cleve: 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?
Matt Devereaux: They were stealing my cattle!
Van Cleve: I thought you didn't remember them.
Matt Devereaux: I didn't ask their names!
Van Cleve: You just hanged 'em?
Matt Devereaux: By the neck until they were dead. They were thieves!
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Will Joseph forgive or seek revenge?
8 February 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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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