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The Far Country

The Far Country (1955)

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Release Date: Feb 12, 1955 Wide

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One of the most entertaining of the Western movies to come out of the 1950s, this is a Stewart vehicle in which he must take on the ruthlessness of the frontier. Set in the Yukon, Stewart and his friends are driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada, where the boom towns pay top dollar for beef. When they arrive in Skagway, the corrupt sheriff of the town (John McIntire) steals the cattle and Stewart et al are forced to fight for their herd. Together with the female saloon keeper of

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Western, Drama, Classics

Borden Chase

May 6, 2003

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The movie becomes a game between Mann and the viewer - how long can the filmmaker keep the supposed hero from finally doing the right thing?

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

The final shootout probably inspired Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller, taking place in the dark, on the ground and crawling in the mud -- purposely clumsy and unheroic.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It stars Mann's favorite Western leading man James Stewart in an anti-hero role.

November 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the very good Stewart-Mann collaborative westerns.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

A terrific western with Stewart as an anti-hero.

February 8, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Far Country

Better than decent but less than wonderful western refreshingly set in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Starts out great with Jimmy being a real dick but ends up a little moralizing and mawkish. The wholly amoral American "marshall" is great.
July 26, 2007
brooklynspo

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The Far Country is one of eight collaborations between James Stewart and director Anthony Mann and one of five westerns made together. In my opinion this is where the relationship started to stagnate somewhat. I don't feel that either's heart was in this picture and it is the supporting cast that are what's best rather than the lead and the direction. The story meanders on without any real excitement until the end and even then the conclusion comes to a predictable anticlimax. Maybe if they hadn't excelled together in previous westerns it would have seemed better but the truth is that The Far Country has only a fraction of the quality that Winchester '73 possessed. It's well known that they parted way after a disagreement but one has to wonder how long this disagreement had been going on for, I would hazard a guess at around the time this film was made.
March 26, 2014
SirPant

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Almost a mirror film to Winchester '73, with the same writer, director, star, and style, this one involves the same old same old about the smoothy crook dishonestly making a land grab off of the honest hardworking pioneer types. Stewart decides to even the deal out in this predictable, but fun, fable.
December 6, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Starts promisingly but peters out into routineness by it's end.
January 4, 2011
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