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The Man From Laramie (1955)


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Release Date: Aug 31, 1955 Wide



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Anthony Mann directed this brilliant psychological Western reminiscent of Shakespeare's King Lear. James Stewart plays Will Lockhart, who is obsessed with finding the man who sold automatic rifles to the Apaches, resulting in the death of his brother. Will enters the town of Coronado, NM, ruled by the blind and aging patriarch Alec Waggoman (Donald Crisp). Unaware that he is trespassing on Waggoman's land, he finds himself accosted by Alec's sociopathic son, Dave (Alex Nicol), who brutally beats


Western, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Philip Yordan, Frank Burt

Feb 8, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Atmospheric Western that is also filled with crime, mystery and suspense.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

This adult psychological Western represents one of the best collaborations between director Anthony Mann and star Jimmy Stewart.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The fifth of Anthony Mann's five Westerns with Jimmy Stewart, The Man from Laramie looks more and more like the best of the lot.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A revenge Western Shakespeare might have liked.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Taut, brutal Western with King Lear overtones

May 20, 2004
Film Journal International

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An okay movie for a western, Stewart is a great actor, and he brings the movie to life.
November 10, 2010

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Like the Sons of Katie Elder, The Man from Laramie deals heavily with father/son relationships in the old west, and how the weak son fails the empire-carving father. The son Dave (Alex Nicol) isn't just weak and ignorant, he's also mean-spirited. Vic (Arthur Kennedy) is put in charge of "keeping" Dave, but Dave travels across the ranch like an oafish baby, and Vic can only keep him in line so well. But Vic has other reasons for disliking Dave, especially the fact that when the old man (Donald Crisp) dies, Dave will inherit (and likely fritter away) all the hard work he's put into the ranch. Lockhart (James Stewart) has come to to town supposedly to deliver a shipment to the general store, but his real agenda is to discover who sold the repeating rifles to the apaches who killed his brother. There are no stereotypical villains in this movie, no one is strictly speaking "evil" (except perhaps dave, who just wants to be the man his father was), they're more misguided. When the old man came out west, he had to be tough, as there wasn't any law to protect him and his property. Times have changed, and he wants his son to learn how to do the bookkeeping, but all Dave wants to do is play cowboy and spends every opportunity looking for a fight. Lockhart is shrewd and cool as a cucumber as he works towards finding his revenge, and it's a vengeance that won't be denied. The psychology of the characters is well fleshed out and puts the Man from Laramie a step above the stereotypical black-and-white westerns.
May 30, 2010
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Devon Bott

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James Stewart plays an army captain on the trail of gun runners who sold rifles to the Apache resulting in the death of his brother. Mann and Stewart made some great westerns together but this one somehow didn't have the spark that makes a film special for me. Stewart is as reliable as ever and Mann's direction solid, but there's something so terribly generic about this one. I think black and white suited Mann's style far better, and the plot to this film seems so formulaic and predictable that I was stifling yawns by the time it was half finished. The characters were all a little too familiar, the outcome inevitable and there's very little in the way of action along the way. Not bad by any means, but it's not in the same league as the likes of Winchester '73.
September 13, 2009
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This was the last, and arguably the best, of five marvellous westerns directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, remarkable for their psychological complexity and - with the possible exception of The Far Country, which is over-reliant on artificial backdrops - for their stunning use of landscape. Typically cast as either a bad man trying to escape his past or a good man sworn to a vengeance he's barely cut out for, Stewart was the perfect actor to bring out the emotional turmoil of Mann's flawed heroes. In The Man from Laramie he plays a mysterious stranger hunting those responsible for selling the Apache the repeating rifles used to ambush an army patrol. Donald Crisp, Arthur Kennedy and Aline MacMahon give excellent support, and the film is also memorable for some unusual salt lake scenery and a couple of bits of eye-popping sadism.
May 10, 2009

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