The Outrage (1964)





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Set in the late 19th-century American Southwest, Outrage is a westernized adaptation of Japanese filmmaker Kurosawa's classic crime drama Rashomon that was in turn adapted from a story Ryunosuke Akutagawa. The tale begins at an isolated railroad station. There a con man, a prospector and a preacher sit and discuss the scandalous trial of a Mexican desperado who stands accused of raping a woman and killing her husband. The three witnesses--the alleged killer, the woman and the elderly Indian who … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Michael Kanin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Warner Home Video


as Juan Carrasco

as Prospector

as Sheriff

as Indian
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Critic Reviews for The Outrage

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Remake of Rashomon with a Western setting.

Full Review… | September 2, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Paul Newman reteams with his favorite director Martin Ritt(Hud) in this unsuccessful American version of Kurosawa's landmark 1950 film, Rashomon.

Full Review… | July 28, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Outrage

Even though it's not amazing, this is actually really interesting and well done movie. Sadly it will always be compared to Rashomon, even though the remake really tries to be something else and is hardly shot for shot. It has some great characters, Paul Newman as Carrasco is utterly ridiculous, yet hilarious at the same time. The cinematography is beautiful and even rivals Kurosawas, so in that respect it's a very worthy remake. This really is the best possible western interpretation of the story.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

A direct remake of "Rashomon", but set in the old west rather than Japan. Paul Newman stars in the role that Toshiro Mifune played in the original -- that of a bandit (Mexican rather than Japanese) who rapes a woman and murders her husband....or did he? Pretty good if you've never had the chance to see Rashomon, or are put off by subtitles. Along with Newman, other cast members include Lawrence Harvey, Claire Bloom and Edward G. Robinson. William Shatner even makes a decent, although overly dramatic (as usual) appearance as the preacher. Interesting to see if you know Rashomon well. Many scenes are plucked directly from the original, with even the dialogue pretty much intact. Probably unnecessary, but not irritating like the Psycho remake. One flaw -- Paul Newman as a Mexican?!?! He did a good job, but those blue eyes don't quite fit the part.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

In terms of plot, dialogue and action, Outrage is a Xerox copy of Japanese director Kurosawa's legendary, innovative Rashomon (1950).

Outrage transplants a Western motif - samurai becomes former Confederate colonel, channeling medium becomes Indian medicine-man, Japanese bandit becomes Mexican bandito. Perhaps more palatable to American theatre-goers, but the migration muddles.

Rashomon's a much better fit with historical elements of Japanese culture such as samurai legend, kabuki and face-saving of honor. What Southern belle would ask her husband to kill her so he wouldn't be dishonored by the shame of her being raped?

More importantly, Rashomon's innovative cinematography is mostly missing here. Kurosawa broke the 180-degree rule as the witness walks into the forest to intentionally disorient the viewer. And defied convention by shooting straight into the sun, up through the thick canopy of trees. Both done to convey entry into another world. He swings the camera 270 degrees, pivoting on a face, more than once. Kurosawa shot B&W, creating incredible visuals. Faces, simultaneously covered with shadows of leaves and mirrored natural sunlight, symbolize the co-existence of good and evil in men. Kurosawa employed left-to-right wipes for certain transitions, unseen in Outrage. Kurosawa's evocative facial close-ups, where every single drop of sweat looks precision-placed, probably inspired Sergio Leone. And Rashomon's the first use of flashback as device; in fact, Kurosawa actually employed flashback inside flashback.

Outrage is all-but-forgotten due to such directorial shortcomings; ask even an avid film fan when Edward G. Robinson played a snake-oil salesman or Paul Newman played a Mexican bandito and see just how forgotten it is.

RECOMMENDATION: If you've seen Rashomon, take a pass. If not, spin them both as double-bill - and see how great direction can easily trump great acting.

TonyPolito Polito

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