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Backlash (1956)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance, Western | 11 April 1956 (USA)
Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in.

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Jim Slater
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Karyl Orton
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Johnny Cool
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Jim Bonniwell
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Sgt. George Lake
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Tony Welker
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Jeff Welker
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Mike Benton
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Maj. Carson
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Sheriff J.C. Marson (as Edward C. Platt)
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Sheriff John F. Olson
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Deputy Sheriff Dobbs
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Sleepy
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Ned McCloud
Frank Chase ...
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Storyline

Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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SUSPENSE THAT CUTS LIKE A WHIP! See more »


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11 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Padre contra hijo  »

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$1,025,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Sturges hired several hundred Papago Native Americans to play Indians in this film. See more »

Goofs

Lead Jim Slater gets shot in the shoulder but there is no blood or sign of injury. the woman then does surgery on his shoulder through the shirt. The next day he is waving a rifle around with no ill effects. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Welker: You're going to talk and I'm going to listen.
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If you like beautiful scenery . . . .
30 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

then this movie is great one to watch. I really don't understand all the love for this movie, but accept that it is what it is.

For me, the script and screen writing is pure high school level. There is simply no rhythm to this film. The acting, given the quality of script, is not bad, though wasted. The relationship between Reed and Widmark develops implausibly. In fact, every relationship in this less than epic oater develops with with an expedition better suited to humor an audience than to lasso them into believability.

A sample: The scene where Widmark takes the dead deputy into Silver City is ridiculous. The "sheriff" (Ed Platt) doesn't even ask the circumstances surrounding the death of his deputy and makes force-less demands of Widmark to remove his gun. Next thing you know, Widmark and Reed are ordered out of town. For what?? Defending themselves?? What does not make sense here is that Platt is demanding accountability from Widmark and Reed, but none from aggrieved brothers of the dead deputy. Silly.

The whole film is loaded with these sorts of inconsistencies.

Reed is gorgeous and thus competes agreeably with the natural beauty of the western landscape where this film was shot.

A lot of stars perform in this effort, but not a lot of stars in my rating.


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