Broken Lance

Overview

In this Western with curiously Shakespearean undertones, Matt Devereaux Spencer Tracy is a ranch owner who has tried to raise his sons to carry on the fierce, hard-working spirit that helped make him a success. However, as a consequence, he never learned to show them affection and treats his boys little better than the hired help. Joe Robert Wagner, is Matt's son by Native American wife Señora Katy Jurado. Because of Joe's mixed ethnicity, he is treated prejudicially by his three half-brothers, Ben Richard ...
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Overview

In this Western with curiously Shakespearean undertones, Matt Devereaux Spencer Tracy is a ranch owner who has tried to raise his sons to carry on the fierce, hard-working spirit that helped make him a success. However, as a consequence, he never learned to show them affection and treats his boys little better than the hired help. Joe Robert Wagner, is Matt's son by Native American wife Señora Katy Jurado. Because of Joe's mixed ethnicity, he is treated prejudicially by his three half-brothers, Ben Richard Widmark, Mike Hugh O'Brian, and Danny Earl Holliman -- all Caucasian sons of Matt's first wife. Joe loves his father and would do nearly anything for him, but his siblings resent Matt's emotional distance. When Matt discovers a nearby copper mine is polluting a stream where he waters his cattle, he becomes furious and leads a raid on the mine that causes the law to visit the ranch; the police have a warrant to arrest whoever was responsible for the attack. To spare his father the agony and humiliation of a stay behind bars, Joe claims responsibility and spends several years in prison. When he's released, he discovers that Ben and his other brothers rebelled against their father with such extremity that the old man suffered a fatal stroke. While Señora tries to persuade Joe not to seek revenge, Ben is more than willing to fight his brother for taking his father's side. Screenwriter Philip Yordan won an Academy Award for his work on Broken Lance, while Katy Jurado received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as Señora.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Broken Lance is the story of a family empire in the guise of a Western. The plot is derived from King Lear, though its more direct precursor is the film noir classic House of Strangers (1949), a similarly themed film also written by Philip Yordan. Though Yordan won an Oscar for Original Story for Lance, much of the credit for the tightly constructed film should go to screenwriter Richard Murphy, who keeps the film's focus on character and brisk pacing. The film is notable for a pro-environment subplot (copper-mine pollution) years before such themes became fashionable. The performances are top-notch -- Spencer Tracy and Katy Jurado in particular -- and the film is well-cast with reliable character actors in the supporting roles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • UPC: 024543172758
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,498

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Matt Devereaux
Robert Wagner Joe Devereaux
Jean Peters Barbara
Richard Widmark Ben
Katy Jurado Senora Devereaux
Hugh O'Brian Mike Devereaux
Eduard Franz Two Moons
Earl Holliman Danny Devereaux
E.G. Marshall The Governor
Carl Benton Reid Clem Lawton
Philip Ober Van Cleve
Robert Burton Mac Andrews
Robert Adler O'Reilly
Harry Carter Prison Guard
Nacho Galindo Cook
Julian Rivero Manuel
Edmund Cobb Court Clerk
Russell Simpson Judge
King Donovan Clerk
Jack Mather Bit (uncredited)
George E. Stone Paymaster
John Epper Ranger
Paul Kruger Bailiff
James F. Stone Stable Owner
Arthur Q. Bryan Bit (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Richard Murphy Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Dorothy Spencer Editor
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Philip Yordan Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Broken Lance - Pan and Scan
1. Main Titles [1:55]
2. A Proposition for an Ex-Con [8:36]
3. An Old Friend [2:51]
4. Returning to What Was [:19]
5. Appealing to Her Son's Father [8:27]
6. The Men in Charge [5:04]
7. Fighting for Their Rights [1:05]
8. Keeping Up Appearances [5:46]
9. A Matter of Principle and Law [7:03]
10. Concessions in Court [2:04]
11. What a Father Must Do [4:10]
12. The Love of a Good Woman [9:11]
13. Too Late to Ask or Change [12:05]
14. A Mother's Counsel [1:24]
15. A Half-Brother's Hate [1:55]
16. To Bury the Past [2:59]
Side #2 -- Broken Lance - Widescreen
1. Main Titles [1:55]
2. A Proposition for an Ex-Con [8:36]
3. An Old Friend [2:51]
4. Returning to What Was [:19]
5. Appealing to Her Son's Father [8:27]
6. The Men in Charge [5:04]
7. Fighting for Their Rights [1:05]
8. Keeping Up Appearances [5:46]
9. A Matter of Principle and Law [7:03]
10. Concessions in Court [2:04]
11. What a Father Must Do [4:10]
12. The Love of a Good Woman [9:11]
13. Too Late to Ask or Change [12:05]
14. A Mother's Counsel [1:24]
15. A Half-Brother's Hate [1:55]
16. To Bury the Past [2:59]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Broken Lance - Pan and Scan
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   Language Selection
      Languages: English 4.0 Surround
      Languages: French Mono
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Movietone News
         Academy Awards
Side #2 -- Broken Lance - Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English 4.0 Surround
      Languages: French Mono
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Movietone News
         Academy Awards
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