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The Wonderful Country (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | December 1959 (Austria)
A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screenplay), Tom Lea (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Martin Brady
Julie London ... Helen Colton
Gary Merrill ... Maj. Stark Colton
Albert Dekker ... Texas Ranger Capt. Rucker
Jack Oakie ... Travis Hyte
Charles McGraw ... Dr. Herbert J. Stovall
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ... Sgt. Tobe Sutton (as 'Satchel' Paige)
Anthony Caruso ... Santiago Santos
Mike Kellin ... Pancho Gil
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Gen. Marcos Castro (as Victor Mendoza)
Jay Novello ... Diego Casas
John Banner ... Ben Sterner
Max Slaten Max Slaten ... Ludwig 'Chico' Sterner
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... (as Marguerito Luna)
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Stoker
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Storyline

Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano Castro. Brady breaks a leg and while recuperating in Texas the gun shipment is stolen. Complicating matters further the wife of local army major Colton has designs on him, and the local Texas Ranger captain makes him a generous offer to come back to the states and join his outfit. After killing a man in self defense, Brady slips back over the border and confronts Castro who is not only unhappy that Brady has lost his gun shipment but is about to join forces with Colton to battle the local raiding Apache Indians. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

The pistolero...who was as proud as the mighty black stallion he rode...the man who hungered for the softness of a woman and the clean skies of "The Wonderful Country"! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Heiße Grenze See more »

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Production Co:

D.R.M. Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and places depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons or places is purely unintentional. See more »

Goofs

the first street scene and the leg-setting scene deal with a broken left leg, but the next scene shows a broken and bandaged right leg. See more »

Quotes

Martin Brady: I would not call them assassins.
Gen. Marcos Castro: He doesn't call them - A hired pistolero is in no position to form opinions of assassins.
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El Desterrado (The Banished)
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Written by Jorge Negrete
Performed by Joel Valenz
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For me, A Wonderful Movie
23 August 2016 | by Dfree52See all my reviews

This offbeat 1959 western stars the laconic Robert Mitchum as gunslinger Martin Brady, a Texas outlaw and outcast who fled to his adopted country Mexico as a youth. He works for the corrupt Castro brothers of whom he finds out much too late that he's just a pawn they move about their chessboard (Northern Mexico) as they please.

The film's major flaw is the narrative...it's a bit jumpy in spots but may have fallen victim studio intervention. Some characters seem to enter briefly, to be seen no more or are underdeveloped. Julie London's Helen Colton seems to fall victim to that. She's an ex dance hall girl (I believe), now a 'respected' wife of Major Colton (Gary Merrill) who engages in an affair with Brady out of pure lust.

But Brady...who's growing older and wearier it seems before our eyes, sees her as his redemption. His guns have cost him heavily, he has no family or lover or even respect. All he has is Mexico and that has betrayed him too. If you're expecting an action packed, shoot them up...this is not for you.

There are elements here we see in later films...we get a taste of Mexican culture, which Brady identifies more with than America, that we see in The Magnificent Seven and The Wild Bunch. And Paul Newman's John Russell in Hombre, mirrors Brady here. All are men without countries, men who cling to a culture or code American society shuns.

The locations, photography and music (Alex North) all help create an atmosphere of majestic isolation. And the inclusion of black Buffalo soldiers is all too rare in westerns, even today.

As one reviewer stated earlier, it could have been more. But there's still a lot here.


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