Invitation to a Gunfighter Reviews

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½ January 12, 2015
A Stanley Kramer production that feels like what you'd get if you blended one of Kramer's "social conscience" productions with a spaghetti western. If that doesn't sound like a completely satisfying prospect to you, well then you're mostly right. George Segal plays a Confederate veteran who comes home to find that his Union-sympathizing home town has taken away everything he owned and don't plan on giving it back. Town honcho Pat Hingle doesn't want him around and ends up hiring mysterious gunfighter Yul Brynner to kill Segal. It's quite reminiscent of Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter", while a lot more liberal Hollywood slick that that flick. It is thoroughly entertaining if overwhelmingly slight.
April 30, 2007
Yul Brynner made this unpredictable Western. From one minute to the next, aside from missing the first part of the film (which qualifies these perceptions), the viewer never knows if it's about race or politics, if hired gun Yul or target Segal is the villain, if the heroine loves one of her three leading men more than the others, or how a near-Eastwood epic in violence wound up in Hallmark channel's library. The biggest personal treat was seeing my first stateside film with a Peranakan character. So I'll honor the film's mystique by not saying who it is playing this role.
November 3, 2010
A moral drama. Stunning realism and Yul Brynner make this film a winner. Brought to a coward town to kill a man he doesn't know, Brynner also sees a married woman he desperatly wants. When the girl won't leave town with him, Yul goes crazy.

This is quite a Western... unconventional to say the least and not as others have clamed a predictable plot. It isn't, unless realism is predictable. The town mayor is the ever dispicable guy I have hated in every film he ever played a role. You will know him when you see him. He never played a good guy role EVER.

Gunslinger WITH a concious, Yul Brynner is outstanding. Segal was quite young when his made this film and was quite good before he turned to comedic roles in the 70's and 80's.

I would highly recommend the Western to those that don't mind the slow pace of the film. Anyone that likes Yul Brynner, who carries this movie single handed, will love it too.

The saddest part is that the movie seems to have been made with lip synching the voices to the movie. It becomes awkward to watch as the sounds from the mouths of the actors doesn't always match the spoken words. Plus, there is no background sounds of the town or wind or anything.

A very dramatic Western of love forbidden and love lost, the Invatation to a Gunfighter succeeds on so many levels unless you like constant killing and action.

Read this professional review:

Oscar winner Yul Brynner turns in a "great performance" (Los Angeles Herald Times) as a smooth master gunfighter who must do battle with his most formidable adversary - his own conscience - in this gripping, double-barreled western full of blistering shootouts, surprise twists and colorful villainy. In a New Mexico frontier town, Jules Gaspard d'Estaing (Brynner) is hired by the town's boss (Pat Hingle) to kill Matt Weaver (George Segal), a Civil War veteran who returns to reclaim his farm and his woman. But when d'Estaing realizes that Weaver may be the only honest man left, the conflicted hired gun must either kill an innocent man - or destroy his own reputation - in a heart-stopping final showdown.

Brad Dexter
Yul Brynner (of The Magnificient Seven and Oscar winner)
Pat Hingle
Janice Rule
Alfred Ryder
George Segal (later a comedic actor of much fame)

Story by: Hal Goodman
Production Designer: Robert Clatworthy
Story by: Larry Klein
Costume Designer: Paula Giokaris
Editor: Robert C. Jones
Cinematographer: Joseph MacDonald
Composer: David Raksin
Screenplay: Elizabeth Wilson
Director: Richard Wilson
Producer: Richard Wilson
Screenplay: Richard Wilson
December 2, 2004
½ May 25, 2010
Average western that usues the predictable plot of hiring a gunslinger to kill a squater. Only this movie puts the twist of hiring the squater to, in return, kill the gunman. As far as westerns go, you could do better or worse.
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