3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Average Rating: 6.7/10
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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
Aug 7, 1957 Wide
Apr 2, 2002
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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.
This is a first-rate action picture -- a respectable second section to High Noon.
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.
Despite an abundance of talk, this 1957 film is often considered [Daves'] best.
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.
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]
Daves isn't interested in cynicism. Redemption is probably too big a stretch as well, but there's plenty of room in-between.
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.
No amount of climactic train smoke can mask the fact that the finale is fancifully optimistic gibberish.
The new 3:10 to Yuma will have to be quite a film to stand up to the original.
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.
Though masterful in stretches, it ultimately mistakes feel-good qualities for truly satisfying ones.
An enjoyable western that's an excellent reminder of how - in the world of movies - sometimes less is best.
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.
The enjoyment here that outweighs the film's derivativeness comes in the dialogue and relationship developed between outlaw and rancher.
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.
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