A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.
Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense.Written by
When Charlie Prince enters the corral in Contention, the weathered boards are held together with shiny new nails that have a gold-colored coating. See more »
[upon hearing Dan cock his rifle]
Dan... Maybe it's the wind.
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Russell Crowe's name is not used in the end credits when crediting his assistant, driver, stand-in, dialect coach, costumer, hair stylist and makeup artist; instead, his character's name, Ben Wade, is used. See more »
Formidable remake full of action , violence and fabulous performances
This first-rate adult Western draws its fascinating drama and power from the interaction of fine drawn characters as well as the gun-blazing action. It concerns about a needy farmer (Christian Bale in the role of Van Heflin )with wife (Gretchen Mol in the Felicia Far's character ) and two sons. He's witness as a dangerous gang (Ben Foster, among others) led by notorious gunfighter named Ben Wade ( Russell Crowe in the character of Glenn Ford) attacks a stagecoach and killing the passengers. Later Ben separates from his band and he goes to a Saloon where meet with gorgeous Emma (Vinessa Shaw). But the sheriff immediately surrounds the parlour and captures Ben. Railroad official(Dallas Roberts) asks for paid volunteers to join a posse to transport Ben Wade towards Yuma and Dan accepts. Other volunteers who unite posse are Doc Potter( Alan Tudyk), Tucker (Kevin Durand) and a veteran(Peter Fonda). After that and numerous dangers Dan Evans must hole up in a Motel while waiting for the train to take them to Yuma prison and overcome the murderer's several ploys to gain his freedom.
Good modern Western with exciting battle of wits between an obstinate farmer and an astute killer who begins to psych him out. Stylish, fast paced , solid, meticulous and violent look with several shootouts. This well acted movie is gripping every step of the way and recalls the classic directed by Delmer Daves though contains various changes, as excessive violence and a little bit overlong because the runtime first version is only 92 minutes. Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. He's a veteran novelist and screenwriter , specialist on noir plot and Western and working from ¨Tall T¨, ¨Hombre¨, continuing with ¨Rosemary murders¨, ¨Get shorty¨, ¨Jackie Brown¨ until nowadays. Colorful and evocative cinematography by Papamichael. Memorable musical score fitting rightly to action Western by Marco Beltrani. The motion picture is stunningly directed by James Mangold (Walk the line, Identity, Cop land) who is preparing another Western-remake titled ¨Wichita¨in pre-production.
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