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3:10 to Yuma (1957)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Unrated,

Western, Drama, Classics

Halsted Welles

Apr 2, 2002

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1) | DVD (17)

The compositions evoke a kind of open-air claustrophobia ...

July 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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A portrait of storytelling made for and by the Silent Generation, an audience all too familiar with the world's spooky, white-knuckled moral twilight.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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That the climax fizzles must be laid on doorstep of Halsted Welles, who adapts Elmore Leonard's story quite well until that point.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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This is a first-rate action picture -- a respectable second section to High Noon.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's of necessity a talkative film, with Ford working on Heflin's nerves in a stream of Machiavellian banter, but one held in perfect balance by Daves, who keeps the tension strung taut.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Despite an abundance of talk, this 1957 film is often considered [Daves'] best.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Like The Gunfighter and Winchester '73, 3:10 to Yuma is one of those defining '50s Westerns that is well-known by film buffs but has never reached the familiarity level of a High Noon or Shane.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Distinguished by its thoughtfulness regarding the nature of Western heroism, as defined not only by dead-eye gunplay, but by family, community, and moral rectitude. [Criterion Blu-ray]

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Daves isn't interested in cynicism. Redemption is probably too big a stretch as well, but there's plenty of room in-between.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film is something of a classic and boasts a terrific ending.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Although not as nerve-wracking as High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma is even more claustrophobic… and the two-character drama is more intriguing than High Noon's protagonist standing alone.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

No amount of climactic train smoke can mask the fact that the finale is fancifully optimistic gibberish.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The new 3:10 to Yuma will have to be quite a film to stand up to the original.

September 7, 2007
Sacramento Bee

A sturdy genre piece.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The minutes tick toward 3:10, and all we can do is watch and hope that it all turns out ok. That's the best kind of Western, one that allows feelings like that to emerge while watching.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Though masterful in stretches, it ultimately mistakes feel-good qualities for truly satisfying ones.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

An enjoyable western that's an excellent reminder of how - in the world of movies - sometimes less is best.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

During the 1950s, the Western grew a conscience.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Made in the vein of The Gunfighter and High Noon, this mature psychological Western is arguably Delmer Daves best film, featuring Van Heflin (in the Gary Cooper role) and Glenn Ford as the bad-good guy at their most appealing and accomplished.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The enjoyment here that outweighs the film's derivativeness comes in the dialogue and relationship developed between outlaw and rancher.

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A taut Western (obviously inspired by High Noon) about a lone man bravely standing on principle when all others have abandoned him. Marred only by a phony ending.

October 8, 2005
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Audience Reviews for 3:10 to Yuma

Much more human than the remake, I thought, and to the good, it's 20 minutes shorter. I say it's a good thing because this is a movie based on an Elmore Leonard story. James Mangold, in his remake, would do well to take the author's advice and "leave out the parts readers [viewers] tend to skip." I found Van Heflin more intense and more desperate as Evans than Russell Crowe was, and in the role of Ben Wade, Glenn Ford had a bad guy charm that Christian Bale never quite pulled off... as much as I like Bale, he's not really a charmer: as Batman, his Bruce Wayne is off, and in American Psycho, a film I love, you realize rather quickly that Patrick Bateman can't even hope to hide his sociopathic leanings. But back to the film at hand: other than the fact that 2007 was its 50th anniversary, I really don't understand why this one was remade. It's tight and well-acted, and though not a perfect film, it tells a simple story well and is enjoyable because of it.
January 30, 2012
danperry17

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Near perfect psychological western. Great confrontational scenes between Van Heflin and Glenn Ford, and pure suspense from start to finish.
August 18, 2009
pier007

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Daring for a 1957 western. Off-beat and interesting, worth a watch, even if you're not a fan of the genre.
January 17, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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This is one of the best westerns ever made, a good blend of subtle psychology and action with some taut editing. There isn't one moment of film wasted in this one.

I also believe that this is Van Heflin's best screen performance. His Dan Evans is an everyman in the west. A rancher struggling to get by and support his family, he happens to be a dead shot and together with that and his need for money, he agrees to take outlaw Ben Wade to Yuma Territorial Prison.

Glenn Ford's Ben Wade is a complex man. He's an outlaw and a killer, the first few minutes of the film establish that. But he's tired. He can easily get away. But the sight of Felicia Farr at that saloon, makes him pause and linger when he should be skedaddling with the rest of his gang. They shouldn't have been stopping at the saloon in the first place. But Ford needed some quiet time and his acting does convince you of his need for a breather.

Anyway Ford's nabbed and stage line owner Butterfield, played by Robert Emhardt offers a reward and Heflin needs the money. The only other one aiding Heflin is Henry Jones playing Alex Potter the town drunk. He's a comic character, when they stop at Heflin's ranch, Jones inquires of his two sons where Heflin might keep a jug handy. You laugh but Delmar Daves is very subtly setting you up for later heroics.

Ford and Heflin are together most of the film and they have good chemistry. Ford works on Heflin, he'd just as soon offer a bribe to get out of his fix and Heflin comes close to taking it.

The best scene in the film is when Heflin's wife Leora Dana comes after Heflin. She finds him hold up in a hotel with Ford handcuffed to the bed just after a shootout in which Henry Jones was killed. They talk, Heflin's not sure he's coming out of this and Dana tries to tell him to give it up. Earlier Robert Emhardt has also told him to give it up. But Heflin's sticking to his duty now. The comical town drunk has just been killed in a very brutal fashion for standing up for law and order and he couldn't look himself in the face if he shirked his responsibility.

Remember Heflin is no John Wayne type hero. He's your everyman citizen taking on responsibility for his community's safety. He and Dana play this beautifully and if you don't get an emotional response you are made of stone.

Van Heflin had already gotten an Oscar for Johnny Eager. But I think his performance here is even better. Why he was overlooked in the Academy sweepstakes in 1957 is beyond belief. It's Heflin's film and it's a great tribute to a very underrated actor.
January 10, 2009
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