Man of the West (1958)

Man of the West (1958)

Man of the West



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Anthony Mann's final foray into the western genre is a disturbing examination of man's baser instincts, rising in intensity to the level of Shakespearean tragedy. The film begins as seemingly naive Link (Gary Cooper) leaves his family to take a train to Fort Worth. Also on the train is saloon singer Billie Ellis (Julie London), who is compelled by con man Sam Beasley (Arthur O'Connell) to cheat Link out of his money. But the con comes to naught when the nefarious Dock Tobin (Lee J. Cobb) and his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Reginald Rose
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On DVD: Mar 1, 1991
United Artists


as Link Jones

as Billie Ellis

as Dock Tobin

as Sam Beasley

as Coaley

as Claude

as Trout

as Ponch

as Conductor

as Marshal

as Gribble

as Mexican Woman

as Mexican Man
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Critic Reviews for Man of the West

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Cooper gives a characteristically virile performance, his dominance of the outlaws quietly believable, while London achieves some touching and convincing moments in a difficult role.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A superb Western, exemplifying Mann's capacity for integrating his interest in spectacle with a resonant narrative.

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

This is a small picture, but it does have a cryptic defiance and an aura of snakelike evil that gets one.

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

A tour de force for Cooper.

Full Review… | February 17, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This late CinemaScope western by the great Anthony Mann achieves a tragic intensity and a monumental scenic splendor despite some serious handicaps.

Full Review… | July 28, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mann's direction is immaculate, making Reginald Rose's clearly allegorical, and sometimes forced, screenplay seem even better than it is.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015

Audience Reviews for Man of the West


Great looking Anthony Mann western that Goddard said was one of his favorites. Maybe back then with 50 westerns coming out every year it was original,but I wasn't very impressed. Cobb and Cooper are really good in this, but everyone else is average. It's about a ex-outlaw,(cooper) a grifter,and a singer get abandoned by a train after a robbery. They run into Cooper's old gang and force him into a bank job. The movie does look great and at times it is very dark. It has some great scenes,but also has a lot of typical run of the mill scenes too. I just didn't get into the movie or the characters as much as I have with other Mann westerns.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer


Magnificent. Lee J Cobb chews the scenery, Gary Cooper is a national monument, and all of the Western conventions are stood on their heads.

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