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The Sheepman (1958)

Approved | | Western | 7 May 1958 (USA)
A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he ... See full summary »

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Jason Sweet
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Col. Stephen Bedford
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Frank Payton
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Chocktaw Neal
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Marshal
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Angelo
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A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he intends to graze on the range. The horrified inhabitants decide to run him out at all costs. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez is the grandfather of Clifton Collins Jr., actor, (Tigerland, The Replacrment Killers, One Eight Seven). For a time Collins used the name Clifton Gonzalez-Gonzslez, in homage to his grandfather. See more »

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When Chocktaw confronts Jason he fires seven shots from his six-shooter before stopping to reload. See more »

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Dell Payton: I don't believe it, I just don't believe it...
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Little Brown Jug
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Nothing sheepish about this Beef and Lamb Hot Pot.
2 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Sheepman is directed by George Marshall and written by William Bowers, James Edward Grant and William Roberts. It stars Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Shaughnessy, Edgar Buchanan, Willis Bouchey, Pernell Roberts, and Slim Pickens. Music is by Jeff Alexander and cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.

Utterly delightful semi-comic Oater, The Sheepman pitches Ford as sheep farmer Jason Sweet, who arrives in Powder Valley - a place ruled by cattle ranchers only - and upturns the applecart by announcing he intends to let his sheep graze on the lands there. Trouble, motives and back stories will out!

With the exception of some poor rear projection work, this is a pic that's constructed with style and humour. The opening is a doozy as Sweet quickly puts down a marker in the town, with a glint in his eye and a punch of some force. It's an irresistible characterisation by Ford, deftly blending humour with machismo, setting up the rest of the film by firmly pulling us viewers onto his side. Supporting cast are bang on the money, doing justice to well written characters (the screenplay was Oscar nominated), with the writing also having some nous via twists and a commitment to never let the story be boring or twee.

An absolute must see film for fans of the irrepressible Glenn Ford. 8/10


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