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The Outrage (1964)

Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Michael Kanin (screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay "Rashomon") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Juan Carrasco
Laurence Harvey ... Husband
Claire Bloom ... Wife
Edward G. Robinson ... Con Man
William Shatner ... The Preacher
Howard Da Silva ... Prospector
Albert Salmi ... Sheriff
Thomas Chalmers Thomas Chalmers ... Judge
Paul Fix ... Indian
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Storyline

Three disparate travelers, a disillusioned preacher, an unsuccessful prospector, and a larcenous, cynical con man, meet at a decrepit railroad station in the 1870s Southwest. The prospector and the preacher were witnesses at the singularly memorable rape and murder trial of the notorious Mexican outlaw Carasco. The bandit duped an aristocratic Southerner into believing he knew the location of a lost Aztec treasure. The greedy "gentleman" allows himself to be tied up while Carasco deflowers his wife. These events lead to the stabbing of the husband and are related by the three eyewitnesses to the atrocity: the infamous bandit, the newlywed wife, and the dead man through an Indian shaman. Whose version of the events is true? Possibly there was a fourth witness, but can his version be trusted? Written by duke1029@aol.com

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There...before her husband's eyes...was it an act of violence or an act of love ?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Judgement in the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,924,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Martin Ritt Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Paul Fix and William Shatner would work with each other again in Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), which featured Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Fix appeared as the second Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, Dr. Mark Piper (John Hoyt appeared as the CMO in the first unsold pilot). Fix was later replaced by DeForest Kelley, who continued as the ship's CMO for the rest of the series. See more »

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Prospector: Shut up, you! This is a preacher standing here.
Con Man: Preacher? It can't be! He woke me up. They usually put me to sleep.
Prospector: [to the Preacher] Don't pay him no mind.
Preacher: Who is he?
Prospector: He's a con man... a swindler... an old scalawag.
Con Man: How else can a man live to be old nowadays?
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Enigmatic remake making waves in some cinephiles quarters.
9 May 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Directed by Martin Ritt, The Outrage is a remake of the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon, that in turn is based on stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, but Ritt has reformulated it in a Western setting. It stars Edward G. Robinson, Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Howard Da Silva & William Shatner. The story remains the same as four people give contradictory accounts of a rape and murder during the trial of Mexican bandit Juan Carrasco (Newman). The story is told within a flashback framework of three men waiting for a train at a rain soaked Southwestern station-a prospector (Da Silva), a con man (Robinson) and a preacher now struggling with his faith in humanity (Shatner). As each story is told the validity of each account comes under scrutiny, could it be there was a gross miscarriage of justice at the trial?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this remake of a well regarded classic was a commercial flop, with many front line critics particularly savage in their reviews. Which while acknowledging it's a long way away from style and tone of Kurosawa's movie, it's hardly the devil's spawn either. Solidly constructed by Ritt and potently shot in black & white by James Wong Howe (vistas however are in short supply), the story is strong enough to make for an interesting social conscious Oater. There's some misplaced humour in the final third, and a charge of overacting from the talented cast is fair enough (especially Bloom); but maybe, just maybe, Ritt and his team deserve a little leeway for trying a different approach? I mean at least it's not a shot for shot remake eh?

Certainly Newman could never be accused of not being bold or daring with his role selections, one only has to look at his Western film's to see that. Especially the three he did with Ritt: Hud (1963), The Outrage (1964) & Hombre (1967), three very different roles, and each of a different ethnicity too. Throw in his intense turn as Billy The Kid in Arthur Penn's The Left Handed Gun, and it makes a mockery of those people who pop up from time to time proclaiming Newman had limited range! Is he miscast as Bandido Carrasco in The Outrage? No not really, he throws himself into the role and without prior knowledge of whose under the hat, it's not overtly evident it's the great blue eyed man performing. Sure a Mexican actor would have been better for the role, and definitely Rashomon wasn't in need of a remake. But for Western fans, and especially for fans of Newman, The Outrage still has enough to warrant spending a pie and a pint of beer with. Not particularly great, but not exactly bad either. 6.5/10


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