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A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.
A Sheriff goes into Mexico in search of a man wanted back in the States. Finding him, he starts back. But it's a long way back, he has a reluctant captive, and there are unfriendly Indians along the way. The Sheriff admits his life has been a failure but this mission he plans to accomplish. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <email@example.com>
In the Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann tradition this is one of those Westerns from the 1950's that can be cited as apart from the rest. A welcome change from the usual and the tired, endless stream of the eras most popular genre, both at the Movies and on the small screen.
You know you are in for something unconventional when there is an impressionistic scene using a surreal backdrop and baroque angles at the beginning. The composition shots throughout are not as striking, but still impressive, as things settle in on characters and psychological themes.
It is a dialog driven diversion from standard outdoor stuff and all of the major characters seem real and flawed (even the horse gets a limp). The use of realism is unsettling and adds tension and tightness to the story. Witness the Mexican speech without subtitles and the pursuing Indians who are never shown in close-up. These techniques are used to be unnerving and it works well.
Don't be put off by the title song over the credits that uses its lyrics to lay out the plot (in the end too). This was one of those dated, signature events that at the time no one saw as corny or as irritating and dated as they play today. There isn't anything else that feels dated in this intelligent, insightful, and off beat Movie.
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