A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an ... See full summary »
A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an enormous panther with seemingly mythical qualities which is killing cattle. An arrogant, pitiless son (Robert Mitchum) and a rigid pharisaic mother side against a moral eldest son and and a defeated alcoholic father while the youngest son tries to lay low, hoping against hope to persuade his family to allow him to marry a girl he has brought to visit. The girl however draws venomous condemnation and the two elder brothers set out in the midst of a violent snowstorm on a dangerous mission to kill the deadly panther. Written by
In the end of the Nineteenth Century, the dysfunctional Bridges family lives in an isolated ranch in the mountains of Aspen. The family is dominated by the beata and manipulative matriarch and the merciless arrogant middle-son Curt (Robert Mitchum); the elder son Arthur (William Hopper) and his sister Grace (Teresa Wright) are never listened; the father is an alcoholic man; and the younger son Harold (Tab Hunter) does not have personality to impose that he wants to marry with his despised girlfriend Gwen Williams (Diana Lynn). When a panther kills four bulls in the Bridges' cattle, Curt forces Arthur to track down the beast, and his brother is killed by the panther. Curt chases the deadly animal while his family argues in the ranch.
"Track of the Cat" is a boring and unpleasant family drama despite the name of William A. Wellman in the direction. The cinematography is extremely beautiful in the snowing mountains, but I disliked all the characters, some of them for their nastiness and the others for their weakness. Further, the plot is disclosed in a very slow pace and with repetitive jokes of the father taking hidden bottle of whiskeys from the most unusual places; the result is a very disappointing movie. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Dominados pelo Terror" ("Dominated by the Terror")
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