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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

This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $373,000 ($3.3M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Right when they are leaving the collapsed mine, two people are visible, one in a white shirt, next to the corner of the adobe building in the background. They quickly get back behind the building. See more »

Quotes

Sample: Who are you going to use for the job?
Peter Van Hoek: I hope to use Vicente. Why?
Sample: Personally, I don't trust Mexicans.
Peter Van Hoek: Personally, I do. I've even forgotten the Alamo.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »

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One of Ladd's best later films, with a fine Borgnine match
3 January 2001 | by fs3See all my reviews

Vividly filmed in Cinemascope in the best late-50's MGM style, this loose remake of The Asphalt Jungle in a Western setting has some good acting and takes a different road. The relationship of Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine is consistently interesting and unpredictable throughout, and Katy Jurado offers a standout performance. Ultimately less grim than its source material, this one has a satisfying resolution, and the action that leads to it holds the interest the entire way. A solid Western that deserves a significant place in both of its stars' filmographies.


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