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Pursued (1947)

Pursued (1947)





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Chased by a posse to a remote cabin, Jeb (Robert Mitchum) is joined by his fearful wife Thorley (Teresa Wright), awaiting the arrival of the men tracking them, as they try to reason out what has gone wrong in their lives. Jeb can't remember anything about his early childhood except for a horrible incident in which the people around him were killed by a mysterious stranger, whose flashing spurs were all the boy saw. He was raised by Ma Callum (Judith Anderson), alongside her two children, Thorley and Adam, as one of her own. But every time Jeb seemed poised to find peace, or even simple stability in his life, lurking nearby was Grant (Dean Jagger), a one-armed stranger who seemed bent on tormenting Jeb -- Jeb doesn't know who he really is, much less who Grant is, but Grant knows enough about him and is good enough at manipulating human nature to make Jeb a target for jealousy and murder. Making Jeb's life even more complicated is the fact that he and his adopted sister Thorley fell in love with each other, while Adam (John Rodney), his adopted brother, has come to hate him. The machinations around Jeb and Thorley come home to roost in multiple shootings and murder, a deadly chase and a long-planned lynching.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Niven Busch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
Warner Bros.


Judith Anderson
as Mrs. Callum
Alan Hale
as Jake Dingle
Harry Carey Jr.
as McComber's Apprentic...
John Rodney
as Adam Callum
Clifton Young
as The Sergeant
Ernest Severn
as Jeb (age 11)
Charley Bates
as Adam (younger)
Charles Bates
as Adam (age 10)
Peggy Miller
as Thorley (age 10)
Norman Jolley
as A Callum
Lane Chandler
as A Callum
Ian MacDonald
as A Callum
Ray Teal
as Army Captain
Ian Wolfe
as Coroner
Virginia Brissac
as Woman at wedding
Kathy Jeanne Johnson
as Thorley (age 3)
Mickey Little
as Jeb (age 4)
Scotty Hugenberg
as Adam (age 4)
Eddy Waller
as Ben McComber
Russ Clark
as Drill Master
Lester Dorr
as Dingle's Casino Boss
Harry Lamont
as Ticket Taker
Tom Fadden
as The Minister
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Critic Reviews for Pursued

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Outstanding "noir" western with odd psychological overtones.

Full Review… | September 12, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Unusual combination of Western and film noir crime thriller.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

A splendid turn of the century classic western.

Full Review… | September 4, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Pursued

A little on the wacky side of logic but fine direction and an excellent cast put it over.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A veteran of numerous decent films noirs and westerns (even by 1947), Robert Mitchum was the perfect choice of lead for a western utilising such typically noirish devices as flashbacks, a voiceover and moody, high contrast photography, courtesy of James Wong Howe. There's also a strong biblical flavour to the picture, with the Cain vs. Abel sparring of Mitchum and his adoptive brother, and a plotline concerning the sins of a father being visited on his son. Events do get a little repetitive in the middle and I enjoyed the first half better than the second, though there is a lovely late scene, beautifully acted by Teresa Wright, in which Mitchum calls round to court her and she invites him in and treats him like a stranger, even though they grew up together as brother and sister, under that very roof. Teresa even gets to practise her femme fatale chops for a moment or two, which is a sight I thought I'd never see!

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Robert Mitchum plays a rancher who has been stalked since childhood by a one armed man with a grudge, without ever knowing why.The themes of twisted psychology, sibling rivalry, jealousy and revenge presented by shadow steeped photography and narrated by Mitchum who is on top form as the hapless anti-hero who is unwillingly forced to kill by circumstances beyond his control all point to the same thing; I don't care how many stetsons or six guns are on show, this IS Film Noir. The intelligent character driven plot is all very Freudian, which makes for a very unusual hybrid of genres. It looks fantastic and has a solid supporting cast, the pick of which is Judith Anderson as the matriarch whose guilty secret lies at the core of the events Mitchum finds himself caught up in. I'd never heard of this one before, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. If you like Noir, westerns, or classic film in general, it's worth hunting down a copy.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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