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Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 15 February 1959 (USA)
A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder.

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A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy's brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Brigade insists on bringing his prisoner to Santa Cruz, Arizona. The county of Santa Cruz was created in 1899. The film is set in an earlier time. For instance, the Apaches are on the warpath and the last major outbreak of the Apaches was in 1890. See more »

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Billy John: I don't know how much they're payin' you to bring me in, it ain't enough. Not nearly enough.
Ben Brigade: I'd hunt you free. Let's go,
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A great western!
4 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Calif.) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie, but beware seeing it unless it's shown in its proper CinemaScope aspect ratio. One of the best in a series of westerns starring Randolph Scott, directed by Budd Boetticher, and written by Burt Kennedy, this is a taut, actionful, and humorous motion picture. The stories are all pretty much the same in these movies: Scott is seeking revenge for the murder of his wife, or some such variation. He meets up with a very likable villain who runs around with a couple of young guns, and eventually they shoot it out. The villains were usually played by future stars and their rapport with the Scott character is always entertaining.

Boetticher is one of the great directors of westerns, employing a spare style that stresses the beautiful emptiness of the landscape, making it into an arena for the shifting alliances among his characters. And Kennedy is one of the great writers of western dialogue. I wasn't around in the 1870s, but hey, it FEELS and SOUNDS real! See this movie, even if you think you hate westerns and think they're all the same!

They're not. And this is one of the best.


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