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The Far Country Reviews

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Bob S

Super Reviewer

April 2, 2007
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.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

March 26, 2014
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.
Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

December 6, 2012
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.

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

October 27, 2006
Not the best Stewart/Mann collaboration, but it beats the shit out of watching John Wayne rehash the same part for over 40 years. Stewart's a badasshole, Ruth Roman is kind of foxy and the European chick is pretty annoying, but for the most part its a fun ride. Definitely a better than typical western with Mann's fabulous cinematography.

Super Reviewer

March 3, 2007
An unusually amoral James Stewart faces off with a vicious and corrupt judge in an nice shades-of-grey character driven western. Also features the best cowpoke sidekick in the business, Walter Brennan.
John B

Super Reviewer

December 20, 2013
Jimmy Stewart and the rest of the cast are absolutely fantastic in this "northern" rather than a "western". It is a great Sunday afternoon popcorn movie full of larger than life characters and Hollywood legends at their finest.
July 6, 2012
Decent, but not spectacular. I liked the strong female role of Ronda Castle, but it didn't really add up to much in the end (and kind of got lost at points along the way.) Still not a fan of Jimmy Stewart.
June 3, 2007
I really liked this movie. Jimmy Stewart is great as always. The story follows a loner who has never stayed in one place coming to the aid of a small town trying to be taken over by a ruthless thief.
September 26, 2006
Ruth Roman, so dreamy, and Jimmy Stewart, who plays an excellent excellent selfish man. So Excellent.
July 24, 2012
One of the lesser known westerns, but how enjoyable it is. Stewart comes strong as a man, who is unprepared for the harshness of people from Yukon, and somehow in the final evaluation becomes the anti-hero. Everybody's waiting for the moment, when he will finally reclaim his sense of righteousness. Anthony Mann directed this story about courage, greed, lack of emotions, and corruption in the most detailed and skillful manner.
Mark  Delledonne
June 9, 2012
decent little western especially if you like James Stewart.
Bill C.
June 3, 2012
Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields of Alberta stunt double for Skagway and the Yukon in this wonderful, if historically absurd, Anthony Mann yarn of the Klondike.

Corinne Calvet and her cute Hudson Bay jacket steal the film .

Well worth an up-converted DVD re-visit.
Dave J
May 22, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

(1955) The Far Country

1 of 8 films James Stewart collaborated with director Anthony Mann- 5 of them are Westerns. I might've liked this one but director Anthony Mann had made films like this before and are better which usually centers about a typical righteous outlaw's eventual obsession or turn to make things right, in this case James Stewart as Jeff who shot and killed some outlaws attempting to steal some of his cattle only to cross paths with a corrupt judge and jury Gannon played by John McIntire. As a result of seeing so many Westerns, this is a typical common theme where the good guy doesn't do anything until something really bad happens to him allowing the bad guys to do things to him is when he finally reacts is very basic stuff and not as good after a second viewing.

2 out of 4
April 5, 2012
The Mr. Gannon character (John McIntire) is intriguing as the evil sheriff but this is not a "must-see" Western.... L
August 8, 2007
July 27, 2011
This movie did not resonate with me like other Anthony Mann Jimmy Stewart team ups. Winchester '73, The naked Spur and Man from Laramie, far exceed this movie.
June 10, 2011
Classic western, should surely be in the top 100 western genre. Endearing character performances. Feel good movie. It can even be forgiven for the creaky backdrops later used by Star Trek TV shows.
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