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Reprisal! (1956)

Approved | | Western | November 1956 (USA)
Half-breed Frank Madden claims he's White, in order to own land, but violent racial clashes in town force him to abandon his neutrality and chose a side.

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Frank Madden aka Neola
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Catherine Cantrell
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Taini
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Bert Shipley
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Neil Shipley
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Sheriff Jim Dixon
Wayne Mallory ...
Tom Shipley
Robert Burton ...
Jeb Cantrell
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Matara
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Charlie Washackle
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New ranch owner Frank Madden, half Indian but posing as white, arrives just as an all white jury finds the three white Shipley brothers who lynched three Indians innocent. There is soon trouble between Frank and the Shipleys who are using Frank's land to graze their cattle. When the brother of one of the Indian victims kills a Shipley, Frank is accused and put in jail. The Shipleys then organize a lynch mob and head for the jail. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE NIGHT THE TOWN WENT HUNTING...WITH A ROPE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Represalia  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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The novel on which this film is based is set in Georgia rather than Oklahoma and takes place during a later period. The lynching is that of an African-American rather than a Native American's as shown in the film. See more »

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Seriously underrated western
19 February 2003 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

As Frank Madden, Guy Madison has a past more mysterious than Shane's. When he buys a ranch in the Midwest as part of a long-time dream to be a respected land owner, he encounters obstacles at every point.

George Marshall directs this B western with a master's touch. His handling of the mob scene, the near-lynching, the moving confrontation between Guy Madison and the Indian patriarch, and the final shootout are electrifying. Guy Madison gives one of his best performances in what is largely an unsympathetic role.

In 74 minutes this western makes a statement about prejudice against native Americans that is both moving and relevant today. A-budget pictures should be as good.


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