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The Tin Star Reviews

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Tim S

Super Reviewer

July 14, 2009
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.
Lanning :

Super Reviewer

January 19, 2008
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.

Super Reviewer

March 13, 2007
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.
Anthony V

Super Reviewer

June 25, 2008
Great offbeat western.
cody f

Super Reviewer

April 21, 2008
Great flix. Fonda as a Bounty Hunter and Perkins as a tenderfoot sheriff, and Fonda teaches Perkins how to be a smart,tough, and expirenced sheriff/gunfighter. I am really surprised this hasn't been remade.
September 29, 2007
I'm not a big fan of westerns in general, but there are a few I appreciate that have a little more to them than just gunfighting and barfighting. "The Tin Star" is one of them. Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins both give good performances as the aging bounty hunter and the temporary sheriff, respectively. The story is interesting and the script has humor, especially from Fonda. Overall, a good western.
Morris N

Super Reviewer

June 15, 2007
I especially like the scene where Tony Perkins figures out what it takes to be a sheriff in facing down a mob.
June 16, 2006
once again i rented this because of Anthony Perkins.

nothing really stands out...not that it is a bad movie or anything...its just a typical western...but lacking in action
Sarfaraz Abbasi
September 18, 2012
The Tin Star - a western film directed by Anthony Mann (Destry Rides Again) Starring legendary Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men), and Anthony Perkins (Psycho) in early film. Film received Oscar nomination for Best Writing Story or Screenplay.

Henry Fonda plays Morgan a bounty-hunter who wanders into peculiar town with dead-man wanted by the law for $500 - but it seems he is quite unwelcome in the town, including bank-manager-cum-mayor of the town. Anthony Perkins plays young aspiring Sheriff Ben; who is more than willing to uphold law over lawlessness - he is impressed by actions of Morgan who saves him from dangerous standoff.

The Tin Star was supposedly low-budget film, becoming one of those movies like 'Psycho' to have gained worldwide popularity on the graph over the period of aging. Henry Fonda's use of gun-technique teaching to Perkins, are some of classic methods mentioned in western movies ever (which is a good thing - defines so much about what level of smartness the people of the west carried with gun). It is not stretched with too much of dragging.
Dave J
July 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

(1957) The Tin Star

Not to confuse this with the story which "High Noon" was based on which coincidently was called "The Tin Star"- this is a totally different movie starring Henry Fonda as a bounty hunter coming to town and coaxing rookie shooter Anthony Perkins to save his town from rowdy bandits!

Don't remember too much about this film, except to say that that I liked it as an unusual Western since Anthony Perkins can't seem to shake off this "Psycho" persona, this film does have a satisfying conclusion!

3 out of 4
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