The Tin Star (1957)

The Tin Star


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In this film, taciturn marshal-turned-bounty hunter Henry Fonda rides into a small town where greenhorn deputy Anthony Perkins is sole representative of the law. Sensing that the boy could use some seasoning, Fonda makes it his mission to teach Perkins how to protect himself against the criminal element.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dudley Nichols, Barney Slater
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004
Paramount Pictures


as Sheriff Ben Owens

as Morgan Hickman

as Nona Mayfield

as Bart Bogardus

as Kip Mayfield

as Kip Mayfield

as Dr. McCord

as Millie Parker

as Zeke McGaffey

as Buck Henderson

as Ed McGaffey

as Judge Thatcher

as Harvey King

as Clem Hall

as Andy Miller

as Sam Hodges

as McCall

as Abe Pickett

as Hardman

as Posse Member

as Virgil Hough

as Jim Clark
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Critic Reviews for The Tin Star

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Perkins in an audition for his Psycho role.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An understated, terrific western

January 5, 2005
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Tin Star

Great western with another amazing performance from Henry Fonda. I am also getting to understand that Anthony Perkins was more than just the Norman Bates guy. He is solid in this film. Overall, love the way the film was made and enjoyed the pacing a lot. Simple, well crafted western.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

Fonda and Perkins work off of one another surprisingly well. Fonda is clearly the more comfortable western actor, but it actually works that Perkins seems out of genre since he is the one who must learn to fit the role of a wild west sheriff. The dialogue, if it can actually be called that, is hardly engaged conversation. It's more like people throwing lines at each other like bullets. Not a bad movie. My guess is that the next bad guy to come to town after Fonda's exit kills Perkins.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


Talky soul-searching western that works because of the chemistry of it's two stars, a grizzled Henry Fonda , and a distinctly non-Psycho-tic Anthony Perkins.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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