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Yellow Sky (1948)





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William Wellman's westerns always seemed a little claustrophobic, but in Yellow Sky the director's technique works to the film's advantage. Outlaw leader Gregory Peck takes refuge in a frontier ghost town. The only inhabitants are elderly James Barton and his pretty granddaughter Anne Baxter. Barton reveals that there's gold hereabouts, prompting a few of Peck's companions--especially Richard Widmark--to plot the old man's demise and claim the treasure for themselves. For his part, Peck is basically honorable, and offers to split fifty-fifty with Barton. Dissension, hostility and gunplay ensue, finally narrowing down to a standoff between Peck and Widmark. Yellow Sky was based on a novel by W.R. Burnett, who moved from westerns to gangster stories and back again with the greatest of ease. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Colin Welland, Walter Bernstein, Lamar Trotti, W.R. Burnett
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On DVD: May 23, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Gregory Peck
as Stretch
John Russell
as Lengthy
Robert Arthur
as Bull Run
Harry Morgan
as Half Pint
James Barton
as Grandpa
Victor Kilian
as Bartender
Norman Leavitt
as Bank Teller
Eula Guy
as Woman in Bank
Harry Carter
as Lieutenant
Hank Worden
as Rancher
Henry Morgan
as Half Pint
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Critic Reviews for Yellow Sky

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

For seventy-odd minutes, in this scorcher from Twentieth Century-Fox, the guns blaze, fists fly and passions tangle in the best realistic Western style.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Takes some unusual detours that allow it to stand out from the pack.

Full Review… | May 31, 2006
Creative Loafing

This superior western is marked by an outstanding performance by Gregory Peck.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Yellow Sky

unheralded wellman western with gregory peck leading a band of outlaws across death valley to hole up in the ghost town of yellow sky. an excellent variation on the tempest/'forbidden planet' theme with anne baxter as a feisty gunslinger and richard widmark a troublemaking 'dude'. the last 5 minutes kinda sells it out but first rate right up until then

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Excellent Western where Gregory Peck plays an Outlaw with a gang who is chased across the salt flats into what appears to be a ghost town where near dying of thirst they come across the beautiful Anne Baxter who plays the granddaughter of a miner. The gang is going to steal all the old mans gold until Peck goes soft for the young lady. All in All a great western and great acting by Peck, 4 1/2 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Good cast, ordinary western.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Yellow Sky Quotes

Stretch: From now on, stay away from my men and stop swingin' your hips all over the place.
– Submitted by monsieur r (2 years ago)

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