Forty Guns Reviews

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½ January 25, 2014
Lovely chiaroscuro cinematography.
½ May 4, 2013
A layered and complex western that is not defined by its genre. Its not just shootouts and horse chases, there are fully developed characters and lots of chemistry. Fuller gets grand performances from his actors and it shows. It may seem rushed at times, but ultimately is a superior western than his debut: I Shot Jesse James.
Super Reviewer
May 23, 2013
Gorgeous western which borders on the artistic. This film and Johnny Guitar are at the forefront of the development of strong female characters in the very masculine world of the Wild West.
March 19, 2013
Barbara Stanwyck is the star and performs well as The Strong Woman, but Ziva Rodann as the gunsmith Rio, with her confident competence and percolating sexuality, steals every scene she's in. It's an odd movie which seems to always be suffering a crisis of identity. But it's interesting. Very interesting, in that it exists at all. I can imagine the production accounting saying, "Twenty guns, twenty guns would be just fine; still impressive. Ten guns, even. It's a lot of guns." But when all forty riders and gunmen fill the screen; it really is impressive. Great theme song, too.
December 25, 2012
awesome cast brings this psychological western 2 life directed and written by sam fuller.
½ December 4, 2012
Pretty brutal Western. I liked all of the characters, but especially the Bonell brothers. It would have been even more interesting if this had been made when Stanwyck was younger and much prettier--and, therefore, a much better fit for her part. She's still a total badass though.
August 25, 2012
To understand the three stars I gave this movie, see the many good reviews in here: this is indeed a great effort from Fuller... But the ending and overall message shoots down the last two stars for me. A song played through the movie speaks of a "hard riding woman with a whip" that would, one day, have her whip taken away by a tall strong man, proving that without it she´s "just a woman after all". By the end of the movie (SPOILER!!) she goes after the hero´s wagon, running instead of riding her own horse, wearing not her riding outfit but a long dress, while the very end of the song plays over the scene. "Just a woman after all!"
½ July 29, 2012
Forty Guns has an alright story. It's only 75 minutes long but the ending is quite good.
½ April 1, 2012
Hokey and unfocused, this is one Western for which I don't see the reason for the admiration. Sure, Stanwyck is the center of every scene she's in, but she's not in every scene.
January 15, 2012
Excellent western! Had a great time watching this old school film! The cast is great & the story pretty well done.
Super Reviewer
February 8, 2009
One wacky-doodlely Freudian Western.

"She's a high ridin' woman with a whip . . .

But if someone could break her and take her whip away,
Someone big, someone strong, someone tall,
You may find that the woman with a whip only a woman after all."

"Get a doctor. She'll live."
Super Reviewer
October 31, 2008
this was fun. barbara stanwyck plays the cattle queen of cochise county, with her own army of 40 gunmen. of course she's just waiting for the man who can tame her *eyeroll* and when a stranger comes to town in the form of a u.s. marshall, look out. a little melodramatic, as fuller tends to be for me but worth a watch. the song 'high ridin' woman' is hilarious :P
July 21, 2008
A fiery woman with a whip and an empire, a flinty steel-eyed gunman, a young psycho with an itchy trigger finger, seething sexuality, sometimes memorably ludicrous dialogue, love, nonsense, death, magnificent photography, and Samuel Fuller. Did I miss anything?
April 6, 2008
Lean, down and dirty Western that tells a quick, occasionally disjointed story. The 40 guns mentioned in the title are pretty much just window dressing, and I think if their role as Barbara Stanwyck's personal entourage would have been explored more this could have been cranked up a notch. As it is, Fuller doesn't quite know if this is a romance or a tale of revenge and frontier justice. He tries to do both, but it leaves the story meandering here and there. Still and all, a solid, entertaining Western.
½ July 7, 2007
good classic western !
½ December 9, 2006
Quite a poor movie to say the least..... Certainly not worth the time to watch it.
November 19, 2006
A... unique western. It follows a lot of the traditional rules but the characters (including the strong female lead) make it.
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