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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

As the stand-ins for 'The Dutchman' and McBain are riding in the wagon on their way to rob the Lisbon mine, the long shots show 'The Dutchman' wearing a tan leather jacket. However, on reaching the mine, the jacket has disappeared and is replaced by a vest. See more »

Quotes

Anita: Why did you help me on the bridge? Because your heart speaks, yes? That's why I want you to stay here. Because I like you.
John McBain: [scoffs] Sure... because I'm so "good"-lookin'.
Anita: Ohh... You think I'm 16 years old, and I only dream of a man who is pretty as a postcard? No... I see inside. And what I see inside, querido, is very good. I want you to stay her for a long time.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »

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A lean gem! Superior to Asphalt Jungle
16 September 2004 | by hymerrinSee all my reviews

Because this remake of Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" cuts to the chase swifter than the original, it's a much more satisfying version of that story. While it retains much of the strengths of Burnett's script (the crisp dialogue, the class structure of the underworld) it benefits from the Western setting; the gold heist is engaging, the women are better integrated into the tale, the threat is more present.) Alan Ladd, while a bit puffy at this stage in his life, is still charming and clever enough for the lead. Borgnine is a more robust thug than Sterling Hayden ever dreamed of being. And the supporting cast is every bit as colorful and quick in their delivery. (Character actor Tony Caruso appears in both films, a lot more lively as Comanchee.) I have seen this film a dozen times and admire it's efficiency.


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