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The Badlanders (1958)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 14 December 1958 (UK)
Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Richard Collins (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Peter Van Hoek ('The Dutchman')
Ernest Borgnine ... John 'Mac' McBain
Katy Jurado ... Anita
Claire Kelly ... Ada Winton
Kent Smith ... Cyril Lounsberry
Nehemiah Persoff ... Vincente - The Powder Monkey
Robert Emhardt ... Sample
Anthony Caruso ... Comanche
Adam Williams ... Leslie
Ford Rainey ... Warden
John Daheim John Daheim ... Lee (as John Day)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Baxley ... Diane (scenes deleted)
Zina Provendie Zina Provendie ... Dorothy Lounsberry (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma in 1898. One, the Dutchman, is out to get both gold and revenge from the people of a small mining town who had him imprisoned unjustly. The other, McBain, is just trying to go straight, but that is easier said than done once the Dutchman involves him in his gold theft scheme. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

A treasure to steal...a woman to win...a past to forget...

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Badlanders See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,436,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcola Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Mexican mission towards the end looks almost identical to the one in Aude Murphy's Fort Petticoat location where they stood off against the Indian attack. See more »

Goofs

During the mine shaft cave-in during and after the ore is removed, a large vertical chuck of rock is shown breaking away from the shaft wall and collapsing twice. See more »

Quotes

Cyril Lounsbery: How much would you love me if I wasn't rich?
Ada Winton: Not as much.
Cyril Lounsbery: I didn't think so.
Ada Winton: How much would you love me if I weren't pretty?
Cyril Lounsbery: Well, that's a different cup of tea.
Ada Winton: No it isn't. A man being rich is exactly like girl being pretty. So there!
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Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »

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one of Daves' less ambitious but also one of his best.
25 March 2007 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This is one of Delmer Daves' less ambitious westerns, but also one of his best. You would not see Alan Ladd playing more complex characters, like Richard Widmark, Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford or James Stewart, which were in other Daves' westerns. But Daves was able to make the most out of it and Badlanders is an entertaining, fast paced western, about two men who have been cheated out of what belonged to them, and decide to rob a mine. They would get rich and also revenge themselves. Ernest Borgnine and Katy Jurado give the best performances of the film, both play people who have had a terrible life but find hope in each other's arms. Claire Kelly has a small, but significant role, as the mistress of the mine's owner. Badlanders deserves to be released in DVD with widescreen in order to take full advantage of the fact that it was filmed in Cinemascope.


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