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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Geraubtes Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,436,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$970,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,105,000, 31 December 1958
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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

Ernest Borgnine, introduced to Yuma through the opening scene setting of this movie(Yuma Territorial Prison) heard there was superb small bird hunting in the area. My dad and I used to see him early mornings at breakfast every fall for years thereafter at the old Stardust Hotel where he stayed while bird hunting. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie a group of prisoners chained in tandem with leg irons shuffles its way to the river for a "bath". As they approach the guard at the water's edge they are handed a bar of soap. the second prisoner in line holds out his left hand and is given a bar of soap. In the next scene this prisoner has no soap and holds out his hand again to receive the bar a second time. See more »

Quotes

Peter Van Hoek: How about being an outside partner?
John McBain: No, I wouldn't make a partnership with God.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »

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Borgnine plays it good for a change
24 September 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Satisfying tale of 2 paroled prisoners who set up to rob a mine belonging to the men who railroaded them into prison. Nice photography, somewhat slack pace. Good characterizations, especially by Borgnine and Jurado. Borgy plays a good man for a change, affecting the Chaneyesque character transformation from violent, angry inmate to a strong-willing individualist on the way to Mexico with the stolen loot. The heroes are surprisingly trusting, given that they had already been cheated by their new "employers". Nice tone, little substance or action.


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