Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense. Written by
The song that Ben Wade sings, "they're gonna hang me in the morning..." is called The Arizona Killer, and dates from 1995. It is a version of an older song, The Tennessee Killer, but even the older version is unknown before 1942. See more »
[upon hearing Dan cock his rifle]
Dan... Maybe it's the wind.
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Russell Crowe's name is not used in the end credits when crediting his assistant, driver, stand-in, dialect coach, costumer, hair stylist and makeup artist; instead, his character's name, Ben Wade, is used. See more »
No western, with courageous sacrifice, can be stunning by accident!
Christian Bale (Dan Evans) holds the screen as an honest rancher who volunteers for two hundred dollars to be part of a doomed group of guards to take the enigmatic bandit and killer Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to a train, the 3:10, leaving Bisbee, Arizona for Yuma prison to trial
Beaten down by an old Civil War injury, and unable to protect his farm and his family from Wade's ruthless gang and humiliated by his teenage son (Logan Lerman) who makes no efforts to hide his disappointment in his impoverished father, and who doesn't try to hide the fact that he admires the charismatic criminal, Dan finds a great quantity of reasons to undertake the perilous trip to Contention City to fight back like a real man and regain his son's respect The story concentrates on Evans whose unknown destiny tries to paint to his son an unforgettable picture turning up poignant and endearing
Wadeleader of a murderous band of robbershad great respect for Dan throughout the film and develops a kind of understanding and appreciation for him Their short scenes in the hotel room celebrate the virtues of two opposite men who stand up for what they believe stopping on issues in relation with family, dignity, virtue, and admirable integrity The best scenes are those in which Wade teases Dan: "Your conscience is sensitive, Dan. It's not my favorite part of you."
Crowe's interpretation of a gifted cold-blooded smooth-talking bad man is one of the most compelling parts of the film Bale is splendid as the struggling, crippled rancher, misunderstood by his whole family The two actors comfortably inhabit this stunning western
It is nice to see that there are still good westerns being made lately And James Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma," a remake of Delmer Daves' 1957 picture, is one of them It is a Western with realistic violence, great action sequences, breathtaking photography, and an inevitable final shoot-out
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