When a shady-looking stranger rides into town to join his old friend it is assumed he is a hired gun. But as the new man comes to realise the unlawful nature of his buddy's business and the... See full summary »
Barbara Bel Geddes,
When he sustains a rodeo injury, star rider Jeff McCloud returns to his hometown after many years of absence. He signs on as a hired hand with a local ranch, where he befriends fellow ranch... See full summary »
Half-breed Keoma returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell, an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make ... See full summary »
Charm, intelligence and success in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in prison, in the middle of the Arizona desert. However, those years should pass quickly because of a $500,000 loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortune even sooner. He starts to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal. Written by
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The prison set took seven weeks to build. When construction began, it was snowing. When it ended, the temperature was 100 degrees. Upon completion of filming, the entire set had to be removed and the area it occupied restored to its original pristine state, so that no trace would be left. See more »
After escaping from prison, Pitman visits the widow Bullard and leaves the prison mule in her corral and takes a horse. After being bitten by the snake and dying, the warden takes his body back on the horse he rode, which now is a mule again. See more »
[as Paris is leaving the room]
Why do you work at it so hard proving to yourself you're a sonuvabitch?
Paris Pittman Jr.:
[Stopping and turning]
Because I am. It's my profession , and I'm on top.
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"There Was A Crooked Man" is no masterpiece for sure. It is however, somewhat of a curiosity. Coming after the "gold standard" spaghetti westerns, this seems outdated right from the "git-go". The sophomoric script is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too repetitive and long. A fine cast wrestles at length with a story that is neither compelling or complex. Henry Fonda is subdued, even for him, and Kirk Douglas and his Cheshire cat grin becomes tiresome. The entire movie has a claustrophobic feel to it, because of the redundant prison locations. In short, "There Was A Crooked Man" is certainly a curious film, but ultimately forgettable. - MERK
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