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Director:
Writers:
Charles Lang (screenplay)
Vernon L. Fluharty (from a story by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Big showdown coming up ! See more »
Plot:
Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(4 articles)
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Randolph Scott ... Bart Allison
John Carroll ... Tate Kimbrough

Karen Steele ... Lucy Summerton
Valerie French ... Ruby James

Noah Beery Jr. ... Sam (as Noah Beery)
John Archer ... Dr. John Storrow

Andrew Duggan ... Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield ... Otis

John Litel ... Charles Summerton

Ray Teal ... Morley Chase

Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Baldwin

Richard Deacon ... Reverend Zaron

H.M. Wynant ... Spanish
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Chase ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Bill Clark ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Pete (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Barfly (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Buggy Driver (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Shotgun Guard (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Shirley Jocelyn ... Lillian (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Townsman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Townsman in Church (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Morley's Henchman (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Irv (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Abe (uncredited)

Directed by
Budd Boetticher 
 
Writing credits
Charles Lang (screenplay) (as Charles Lang Jr.)

Vernon L. Fluharty (from a story by)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
Randolph Scott .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle  (as Frank A. Tuttle)
 
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Meading .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Henry Kline .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound (as Jean Valentino)
Win Hancock .... recordist (uncredited)
Donald Harris .... sound editor (uncredited)
John H. Newman .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Crosby .... still photographer (uncredited)
Andrew J. McIntyre .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harvey Gerhard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Iva Walters .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... conductor
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
John Hubbard .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
77 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1958) | Norway:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (certificate #18651) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
At the beginning when you first see Tate Kimbrough, you can see the fingernail on his left index finger is black, indicating he bruised it at some point around filming.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Several coils of rope hanging in the barn where Scott is trapped are secured with modern tape.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Swede Hansen:That sign means what it says, mister.
Bart Allison:[With certitude] So do I, sheriff.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV)See more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
cowboys also have self-respect, 19 February 2004
Author: The Big Combo

This one differs from the other Scott-Boetticher westerns as the action is transferred to an urban setting. In `Decision…', Scott's usual ambiguity is on the edge of plain craze and self destruction, his hero qualities lowered, the character's failures pretty much on the open. In this fable about the winning or recovery of Self Respect, he's the most spitted type of the film, in opposition to the bad guy, who remains unchanged despite his moral contradictions (at one point he admits to the prostitute that he's afraid, as Scott character does at one point or another in every other film of the saga). Boetticher is a master of understatement, a craftsman with an ascetic economy. Every shot is right; every cut contributes to the progress of narration. We perceive the performers' inner thoughts so they can talk about something else. The philosophic exchanges, a trademark of the director, take place not with a round of coffee by the fire but inside the saloon (that looks like a Temple, while the church is presented as a saloon), or in the restaurant, but Scott doesn't take part. He's the sort character that seems to carry unwarily a sort of magnetism, a quality which makes everybody deposit on him their own fears and expectations. A mundane redemptive figure seen on later films, like the motorcycle guy in `Rumble Fish'. All the characters are able to verbalize and unveil the hero's conscience, everybody but the hero himself, tragically crusaded on a meaningless task.

`Decision…' anticipates the enclosure of `Rio Bravo', and other later westerns where the hero must overcome a tormented past, purify himself in order to purify a corrupted environment. Randolph Scott's hard features convey the primitivism of the Boetticher hero perfectly; here we discover a certain apish side of his face, something that the director's camera recognizes and photographs to emphasize his storytelling. Even if not written by usual collaborator Burt Kennedy, one of the cowboys still say the polite `I'm obliged', and as in every other Boetticher western, Mexicans are played by real Mexicanos.

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