Warlock

Warlock

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Director: Edward Dmytryk

Cast: Edward Dmytryk, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn

     
 

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Warlock offers us a mean-spirited, mercenary Henry Fonda and an honest, peaceloving Richard Widmark. A Wyatt Earp-like frontier marshal, Fonda agrees to protect the small town of Warlock from an outlaw gang, but only if he's permitted to plunder the town's cash reserve. Widmark, the town deputy, is a reformed outlaw whose willingness to fend off the invading…  See more details below

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Warlock offers us a mean-spirited, mercenary Henry Fonda and an honest, peaceloving Richard Widmark. A Wyatt Earp-like frontier marshal, Fonda agrees to protect the small town of Warlock from an outlaw gang, but only if he's permitted to plunder the town's cash reserve. Widmark, the town deputy, is a reformed outlaw whose willingness to fend off the invading criminals is motivated by his fondness for his new neighbors. Looming large in the proceedings is Anthony Quinn as the glory-grabbing Fonda's sidekick. Adapted by Robert Alan Aurthur from a novel by Oakley Hall, Warlock is a good example of the "thinking man's westerns" prevalent in the late 1950s-early 1960s.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's an undercurrent of tension that runs throughout Warlock, an exceptional Western that makes use of genre conventions in order to transcend them. Shoot-outs abound in Warlock, and there's a sense that they're building up to something, but it's only at the end, during the last one, that it becomes clear to what they've been building, and the tension is at last resolved -- almost. For even as the film ends, questions linger; the story is over, but strands of it continue to nag and question and haunt. Robert Alan Aurthur's adaptation of Oakley Hall's book is excellent: gripping, taut, exciting, and full of inevitable surprises. It plays by the rules, but bends them slightly to get at a new and deeper meaning. Edward Dmytryk's direction is superb; there's not a false note or move throughout, and his ability to move from a not-quite-placid sequence to one of near-operatic emotion is impressive. The cast is also noteworthy. Henry Fonda gets to play a morally complicated gunslinger and does so with full conviction and authority; there's a whiff of resignation wafting out from underneath him, but it's covered by a showiness that fits the character perfectly. Richard Widmark does admirably in the quieter but crucial role of the bad guy who turns good, and Anthony Quinn is aces as the loyal sidekick whose affection for Fonda seems to go beyond mere admiration.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
UPC:
0024543874225
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
14,273

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Johnny Gannon
Henry Fonda Clay Blaisdell
Anthony Quinn Tom Morgan
Dorothy Malone Lilly Dollar
Dolores Michaels Jessie Marlow
Wallace Ford Judge Holloway
Tom Drake Abe McQuown
Richard Arlen Bacon
DeForest Kelley Curley Burne
Regis Toomey Skinner
Vaughn Taylor Richardson
Don Beddoe Dr. Wagner
Whit Bissell Mr. Petrix
Bartlett Robinson Slavin
J. Anthony Hughes Shaw
Don "Red" Barry Edward Calhoun
Frank Gorshin Billy Gannon
Ian MacDonald MacDonald
Stan Kamber Hutchinson
June Blair Dance Hall Girl
Wally Campo Barber
Walter Coy Deputy Thompson
Hugh Sanders Sheriff Keller
Joe Turkel Chet Haggin
Robert Adler Foss
Joel Ashley Murch
Paul Comi Friendly
Ann Doran Mrs. Richardson
David Garcia Pony Benner
L.Q. Jones Jiggs
Robert Osterloh Professor
James Philbrook Cade
Mickey Simpson Fitzsimmons
Sol (Saul) Gorss Bob Nicholson

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Robert Alan Aurthur Screenwriter
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Jack W. Holmes Editor
Stanley Hough Asst. Director
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Warlock 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I've watched this movie like five times, and I'm still not bored with it! It's got an interesting plot. People say it's confusing...it's not. Pay attention and you'll follow it easily. The scenery is very bright and beautiful. Plus, if you play an instrument like me, the music in the beginning credits is very enjoyable. I can do without Kate Dollar, Dorthy Malone, but her type of character comes with an ordinary western. My favorite was Curley Burne, Star Trek's Deforest Kelley "Dr. McCoy", a smart-ass, happy go-lucky San Pabloite, but loyal friend to Johnny Gannon, Richard Widmark. Plus, Billy Gannon, Batman's Frank Gorshin "The Riddler". I guess what makes this movie clever is the fact that people in the beginning that are bad, might end up being good (And the other way around) Throughout the movie it keeps you guessing who's friends and who's enemys, and it doesn't become clear until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie after TV Guide highly recommended it, and found it to be a confusing mess. Could not make much sense of what was going on. The women in the movie are blonds and are hard to keep straight. Dmytryk seems to have reused the sets from Broken Lance, and seems to have been wanting a Big Message movie about maybe Joe McCarthy, since he had been in jail for being a Communist. Watching Henry Fonda act anything is an education, but Warlock did not impress me at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost nonstop action in an intelligent, plot driven western. Excellent cast including young DeForest Kelly (Doc) and Frank Gorshin along with stars Dorthy Malone, Senior Fonda, Anthony Quinn and Richard Widmark.