The Lusty Men (1952)

The Lusty Men (1952)

The Lusty Men




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The titular Lusty Men are rodeo riders in this modern-day western, assembled with a touch of the offbeat by director Nicholas Ray. Former rodeo star Robert Mitchum, disabled by a series of accidents, hobbles back to his Oklahoma hometown in hopes of replenishing his bank account. Aspiring bronco-buster Arthur Kennedy hires Mitchum to train him for an upcoming rodeo, promising that they'll split the winnings. It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict that Mitchum will soon fall hard for Kennedy's … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama
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Written By: David Dortort, Horace McCoy
In Theaters:
RKO Pictures

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as Jeff McCloud

as Louise Merritt

as Wes Merritt

as Booker Davis

as Al Dawson

as Buster Burgess

as Rusty Davis

as Rosemary Maddox

as Grace Burgess

as Jeremiah

as Ginny Logan

as Red Logan

as Hoag the Ranch Hand

as Fritz

as Tall Cowboy

as Jim-Bob Tyler

as Doctor

as Travis White

as Rig Ferris the Forem...

as Announcer

as Announcer

as Slicker

as Cashier

as Red Logan
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Critic Reviews for The Lusty Men

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

A somewhat slow starter, once underway it is kept playing with growing interest under Nicholas Ray's firm direction.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

The story isn't much (the security of family life versus the rootlessness and danger of working as a rodeo rider), but the situation is rich in emotional resonances which Ray conjures into life convincingly.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The punch of the film is in its details of rodeo life as it is, and for this R. K. O. and Producer Jerry Wald have a dynamic film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray -- perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A key American vision, with Ray's sense of failure and transience and grace pulled together into Mitchum's wink of soulful nonchalance

Full Review… | November 9, 2014

Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics .

Full Review… | October 13, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Lusty Men

this is one of nicholas ray's best films with a terrific performance by robert mitchum. i can't quite make out why i have never heard about this before. it might be the ridiculous title. anyway, a great gritty and realistic rodeo story. don't pass it up

Stella Dallas

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spare tough little drama of the rodeo circuit. Fine performances

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I have seen eight films by Nicholas Ray Thus far. Seven of the eight are masterpieces with the other one being far from perfect but excellent nonetheless.

steven mayo

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