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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
The film deals with the stark realities of an isolated ranching family pitting itself against the forces of nature an early winter snowstorm, and the ravages of a wild panther
Mitchum's character, Curt Bridges is on the hunt and also struggling to survive If we meditate the way he measures it, we see how his mind begins more and more to wander and less and less able to focus We see him more and more aware of pain and discomfort His hope comes and diminishes and departs and then returns So there's an unceasing sense of doom in those sequences that simply were hunting
The brothers represent different approaches by man to nature Curt wants to dominate nature, wishes to control it Arthur is just the opposite He is so gentle and understanding that he can't deal with nature He doesn't have the hardness that Curt has And there's Harold who was the successful one because he has enough strength to deal with harshness of nature
The Indian is the one who believes in the cat as a myth, as a mystery and as something almost sacred Because of the legend of the cat he has Arthur carve wooden cats out every year to avert danger
Now this is a very sterile family The old man only deal with life through drink and through remembering the past The mother is a very unlikable woman She is manipulative, and she simply wants to be heard You don't see any love interests or connections except for the younger brother
Fear is very much a part of "Track of the Cat." It is the foreboding, ever-present backdrop really to the drama
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