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After outlaw leader Ben Wade is captured in a small town, his gang continue to threaten. Small-time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to take Wade in secret to the nearest town with a railway station to await the train to the court at Yuma. Once the two are holed up in the hotel to wait it becomes apparent the secret is out, and a battle of wills starts. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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hotel | rancher | train | outlaw | stagecoach | See more »

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Drink the whisky... Love the woman... Try to stay alive till the 3:10 pulls out of town! See more »


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13 September 1957 (West Germany)  »

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Three Ten to Yuma  »

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This film, along with the equally allegorical High Noon (1952), was a deciding factor in making Howard Hawks create Rio Bravo (1959), a return to more optimistic, less revisionist Westerns. See more »

Goofs

When Dan is walking Wade across the street to the train station, through the herd of cattle, they are walking forward. After the next cut they are walking backward. There was no transition between walking forward and walking backward to give a sense that they changed positions and direction. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Butterfield, Stage Line Owner: Let me warn you - I am Mr. Butterfield; this is my line, these are my passengers. You bother any of them, I'll hound you from here to kingdom come.
Ben Wade: Mr. Butterfield, we don't mean to bother anybody - we just mean to get what's under that tarpaulin up there, that's all
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Referenced in Stay Tuned (1992) See more »

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3:10 To Yuma
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by George Duning
Performed by Frankie Laine
also performed by Norma Zimmer (uncredited)
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Striking Imagery
15 August 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

In the Old West, a meek family man (Van Heflin), already under pressure to save his cattle and homestead from a devastating drought, must now confront a ruthless, but smooth-talking, killer (Glenn Ford). Textured characterization of these two men, with seemingly opposite motivations, more than offsets a somewhat thin story, a credit both to the film's dialogue and to the acting.

The pace is slow and plodding. The tension builds gradually, as the clock counts down the hours and minutes to the arrival of the 3:10 p.m. train to Yuma (Arizona), that will end the standoff. The film's simple theme of good vs. evil evokes similar stories from the old Gunsmoke TV series of the 1950s.

The film gets off to a powerful start, with a stark B&W image of a distant stage coach moving across a barren desert landscape, as Frankie Laine wails, with affectation, the mournful theme song. It's one of the most striking opening scenes in cinema history.

While the dialogue and acting are more than competent, it's the visuals that really distinguish this film. The overall B&W imagery provided by cinematographer Charles Lawton, Jr. is almost in the same league as the B&W imagery from cinematographers Gregg Toland and Stanley Cortez.

Apart from the thin story, my only significant quibble with the film is its finale, which I found to be unrealistic, and unsatisfying. These issues aside, "3:10 To Yuma" is a technically well made western that thankfully eschews displays of gratuitous violence, and focuses instead on the psychology of human conflict.


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