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3:10 to Yuma (1957)

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Desperate for money, frontier rancher Van Heflin holds outlaw Glenn Ford at gunpoint, intending to collect the $200 reward. While both men await the train to Yuma that will escort Ford to prison, the cagey outlaw offers Heflin $10,000 if he'll set Ford free. The rest of the film is a sweat-inducing cat-and-mouse game between captive and captor, interrupted with bursts of violence from both Ford's gang (commandeered by Richard Jaeckel) and the vacillating townsfolk.

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Cast

Glenn Ford
as Ben Wade
Van Heflin
as Dan Evans
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Alice Evans
Henry Jones
as Alex Potter
Richard Jaeckel
as Charlie Prince
Robert Emhardt
as Mr. Butterfield
George Mitchell
as Bartender
Robert Ellenstein
as Ernie Collins
Ford Rainey
as Marshal
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Critic Reviews for 3:10 to Yuma

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

The compositions evoke a kind of open-air claustrophobia ...

July 21, 2014 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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A portrait of storytelling made for and by the Silent Generation, an audience all too familiar with the world's spooky, white-knuckled moral twilight.

May 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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That the climax fizzles must be laid on doorstep of Halsted Welles, who adapts Elmore Leonard's story quite well until that point.

August 17, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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This is a first-rate action picture -- a respectable second section to High Noon.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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It's of necessity a talkative film, with Ford working on Heflin's nerves in a stream of Machiavellian banter, but one held in perfect balance by Daves, who keeps the tension strung taut.

February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Despite an abundance of talk, this 1957 film is often considered [Daves'] best.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for 3:10 to Yuma

½

Much more human than the remake, I thought, and to the good, it's 20 minutes shorter. I say it's a good thing because this is a movie based on an Elmore Leonard story. James Mangold, in his remake, would do well to take the author's advice and "leave out the parts readers [viewers] tend to skip." I found Van Heflin more intense and more desperate as Evans than Russell Crowe was, and in the role of Ben Wade, Glenn Ford had a bad guy charm that Christian Bale never quite pulled off... as much as I like Bale, he's not really a charmer: as Batman, his Bruce Wayne is off, and in American Psycho, a film I love, you realize rather quickly that Patrick Bateman can't even hope to hide his sociopathic leanings. But back to the film at hand: other than the fact that 2007 was its 50th anniversary, I really don't understand why this one was remade. It's tight and well-acted, and though not a perfect film, it tells a simple story well and is enjoyable because of it.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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½

Near perfect psychological western. Great confrontational scenes between Van Heflin and Glenn Ford, and pure suspense from start to finish.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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½

Daring for a 1957 western. Off-beat and interesting, worth a watch, even if you're not a fan of the genre.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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