When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an... See full summary »
A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »
Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.
Three disparate travelers, a disillusioned preacher, an unsuccessful prospector, and a larcenous, cynical con man, meet at a decrepit railroad station in the 1870s Southwest. The prospector and the preacher were witnesses at the singularly memorable rape and murder trial of the notorious Mexican outlaw Carasco. The bandit duped an aristocratic Southerner into believing he knew the location of a lost Aztec treasure. The greedy "gentleman" allows himself to be tied up while Carasco deflowers his wife. These events lead to the stabbing of the husband and are related by the three eyewitnesses to the atrocity: the infamous bandit, the newlywed wife, and the dead man through an Indian shaman. Whose version of the events is true? Possibly there was a fourth witness, but can his version be trusted? Written by
Paul Fix and Wiliam Shatner would work with each other again in "Star Trek"; The episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" featured William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Paul Fix appeared as the second Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise (actor John Hoyt appeared as the CMO in the first unsold pilot), Dr. Mark Piper. Paul Fix was later replaced by DeForest Kelley, who continued as the ship's CMO for the rest of the series. See more »
If John Sturges made "Seven Samurai" as an A western, and Sergio Leone "Yojimbo" as a spaghetti western, Martin Ritt chose the B western for "Rashomon", in "The Outrage". It follows the path set by "The Ox-Bow Incident", "The Gunfighter", "The Showdown" and "High Noon", the "intellectual" western in black and white. The story is excellent and adapts well for the genre, with four people telling different versions of the same murder. Claire Bloom and Lawrence Harvey are the married couple who get assaulted by Carrasco (Newman). Paul Newman is a great actor, his performance in Martin Ritt's "Hombre" is a proof of that, but there is a limit on how far you can go acting against your type. Newman set an impossible task for himself playing Carrasco, that part should go for actors like Eli Wallach or Anthony Quinn. I would not say his performance is a total failure, but the problem is that it is very important to understand Carrasco's character and that is not achieved by Newman visually, only when he verbalizes it in a Spanish that does not sound right. The irony is that Newman is such a charismatic actor that you actually enjoy his presence in the film. Edward G Robinson is the Con Man, what a performance! "The Outrage" is a very good film, it deserved better reviews than it got from the critics.
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