Cast: Glenn Ford, Van Helfin, Robert Emhardt, Richard Jaeckel
Seen: November 5, 2007 thanks to Mpix
Reason to see: For Western month, and also curious as to the comparision to the 2007 remake
The film starts with a great opening sequence highlighting the title song. We are soon introduced to one of our two protagonists, Ben Wade played by Glenn Ford who is one charismatic thief who can get on a horse as easily as a bartending pouring a drink. Add to the mix our second protagonist Van Helfin as Dan Evans who is down on his luck but a do-right guy. The crux of the film is the interplay between the two and a moral dilemna. Both characters are played well and interesting and it's great fun to watch the banter as the film goes on.
In comparison to the 2007 remake the two films are very similar. I do think the newer version makes the situations more extreme, and the original was more about a person's character. The original is more charming and the remake is more violent, neither of which I find particularly surprizing. They are both well worth watching.
Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it
© Shannon Ridler, 2007