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The Badlanders (1958)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 14 December 1958 (UK)
Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.

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Storyline

Two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma in 1898. One, the Dutchman, is out to get both gold and revenge from the people of a small mining town who had him imprisoned unjustly. The other, McBain, is just trying to go straight, but that is easier said than done once the Dutchman involves him in his gold theft scheme. Written by Alfred Jingle

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A treasure to steal...a woman to win...a past to forget...

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Romance | Western

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14 December 1958 (UK)  »

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Geraubtes Gold  »

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Budget:

$1,436,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$970,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,105,000, 31 December 1958
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(as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene, of Alan Ladd's character being released from prison, was, as scripted, actually filmed at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie a group of prisoners chained in tandem with leg irons shuffles its way to the river for a "bath". As they approach the guard at the water's edge they are handed a bar of soap. the second prisoner in line holds out his left hand and is given a bar of soap. In the next scene this prisoner has no soap and holds out his hand again to receive the bar a second time. See more »

Quotes

Anita: Why did you help me on the bridge? Because your heart speaks, yes? That's why I want you to stay here. Because I like you.
John McBain: [scoffs] Sure... because I'm so "good"-lookin'.
Anita: Ohh... You think I'm 16 years old, and I only dream of a man who is pretty as a postcard? No... I see inside. And what I see inside, querido, is very good. I want you to stay her for a long time.
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Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »

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Efficient yet routine.
31 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Badlanders is directed by Delmer Daves (Broken Arrow/3:10 to Yuma) and it stars Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Claire Kelly & Katy Jurado. It's based on W.R. Burnett's novel The Asphalt Jungle, only with a Western variation as opposed to John Huston's film noir movie of the same name from 1950. The plot follows Peter Van Hoek, known as the Dutchman (Ladd), and John McBain (Borgnine), as they get released from Arizona Territorial Prison in Yuma in 1898. Tho not together, they both head for the mining town of Prescott where they have issues and scores to settle. An intricate plan involving stealing gold from the Lisbon Mine is hatched, it's a chance to get rich, get revenge or maybe get killed?

It's really just a solid piece of film, Ladd & Borgnine play it right, and with Daves adding his customary flecks of humour, it's never less than entertaining. Even the two handed romantic sub-plots {two girls/two guys you see} is competently handled, with the Jurado/Borgnine coupling given weight since they both would become married to each other the following year. Shot in Metrocolor and Cinemascope it isn't found wanting visually, particularly the work in and around Tuscon, Arizona. The problem for many will be its talky centre, this is a film that has very little action. Except for a good old punch up as Borgnine tackles three rebel rouser's types, and the inevitable double cross based finale, the film is more concerned with forming bonds and educating in the way of getting gold out the mine. The latter of which was really interesting to me personally, but it could go either way for anyone else. You will also yearn for some flesh on the bones of the villains {Kent Smith is especially weak}, because they are barely formed, thus rendering the revenge core almost redundant.

It's an above average time filler, but a film where all the principals were operating safely to earn their pay. 6/10


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