3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma

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Director: Delmer Daves

Cast: Delmer Daves, Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr

     
 

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Desperate for money, frontier rancher Van Heflin holds outlaw Glenn Ford at gunpoint, intending to collect the $200 reward. While both men await the train to Yuma that will escort Ford to prison, the cagey outlaw offers Heflin $10,000 if he'll set Ford free. The rest of the film is a sweat-inducing cat-and-mouse game between captive and captor, interrupted with bursts… See more details below

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Desperate for money, frontier rancher Van Heflin holds outlaw Glenn Ford at gunpoint, intending to collect the $200 reward. While both men await the train to Yuma that will escort Ford to prison, the cagey outlaw offers Heflin $10,000 if he'll set Ford free. The rest of the film is a sweat-inducing cat-and-mouse game between captive and captor, interrupted with bursts of violence from both Ford's gang (commandeered by Richard Jaeckel) and the vacillating townsfolk.The success of High Noon spawned numerous psychological Westerns, and one of the best of this crop was 3:10 to Yuma. Van Heflin as rancher Dan Evans and Glenn Ford as outlaw Ben Wade both give exceptional, multi-layered performances, among the best of their careers, with Ford going particularly against type and displaying that he was one of the more underrated actors of his generation. The script by Halsted Welles, based on a story by Elmore Leonard, is taut and insightful, occasionally veering towards the conventional (the love subplot between Wade and Emmy is not very believable), but always coming back in time. Equally important is the superb direction of Delmer Daves, who tells his story with an economy of flashiness, and uses the film's obvious low budget to his advantage by emphasizing the isolation and barrenness of the settings. There are also strong supporting parts for Leora Dana as Heflin's wife and a collection of scene-stealing character actors, including Richard Jaeckel, Henry Jones, and Robert Emhardt. 3:10 to Yuma ultimately stands as a superior example of that subgenre of small-scale Westerns that tell their tale simply with an emphasis on character over action, and which can often be every bit as satisfying and entertaining as the widescreen, big-themed Western epics that grab the headlines and critical acclaim. -- Bob Mastrangelo

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The success of High Noon spawned numerous psychological Westerns, and one of the best of this crop was 3:10 to Yuma. Van Heflin as rancher Dan Evans and Glenn Ford as outlaw Ben Wade both give exceptional, multi-layered performances, among the best of their careers, with Ford going particularly against type and displaying that he was one of the more underrated actors of his generation. The script by Halsted Welles, based on a story by Elmore Leonard, is taut and insightful, occasionally veering towards the conventional (the love subplot between Wade and Emmy is not very believable), but always coming back in time. Equally important is the superb direction of Delmer Daves, who tells his story with an economy of flashiness, and uses the film's obvious low budget to his advantage by emphasizing the isolation and barrenness of the settings. There are also strong supporting parts for Leora Dana as Heflin's wife and a collection of scene-stealing character actors, including Richard Jaeckel, Henry Jones, and Robert Emhardt. 3:10 to Yuma ultimately stands as a superior example of that subgenre of small-scale Westerns that tell their tale simply with an emphasis on character over action, and which can often be every bit as satisfying and entertaining as the widescreen, big-themed Western epics that grab the headlines and critical acclaim.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2013
UPC:
0715515105811
Original Release:
1957
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
7,107

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