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The Far Country (1955)

The Far Country (1955)

The Far Country




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One of the most entertaining of the Western movies to come out of the 1950s, this is a Stewart vehicle in which he must take on the ruthlessness of the frontier. Set in the Yukon, Stewart and his friends are driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada, where the boom towns pay top dollar for beef. When they arrive in Skagway, the corrupt sheriff of the town (John McIntire) steals the cattle and Stewart et al are forced to fight for their herd. Together with the female saloon keeper of another town (Ruth Roman), they find themselves up against an evil they were not prepared for. When Stewart's friend (portrayed by Walter Brennan) is killed, he is forced to go up against the evil sheriff. Good versus evil in incredible Yukon settings makes this an above average Western.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Borden Chase
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2003


James Stewart
as Jeff Webster
Walter Brennan
as Ben Tatum
Corinne Calvet
as Renee Vallon
Ruth Roman
as Ronda Castle
John McIntire
as Mr. Gannon
Harry Morgan
as Ketchum
Eddy Waller
as Yukon Sam
Robert Foulk
as Kingman
Eugene Borden
as Doc Vallon
Allan Ray
as Bosun
Bob Wilke
as Madden
Jack Elam
as Newberry
Guy Wilkerson
as Tanana Pete
Paul Bryar
as Sheriff
Angeline Engler
as Mrs. Kingman
Connie Van
as Molasses
Stuart Randall
as Capt. Benson
Don C. Harvey
as Tom Kane
John Halloran
as Bartender
Carl Harbaugh
as Sourdough
Charles Sweetlove
as Porcupine Smith
Ted Kemp
as Miner
Ted Mapes
as Deputy
Jack Dixon
as Deputy
Henry Morgan
as Ketchum
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Critic Reviews for The Far Country

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie becomes a game between Mann and the viewer - how long can the filmmaker keep the supposed hero from finally doing the right thing?

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

The final shootout probably inspired Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller, taking place in the dark, on the ground and crawling in the mud -- purposely clumsy and unheroic.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Far Country


Better than decent but less than wonderful western refreshingly set in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Starts out great with Jimmy being a real dick but ends up a little moralizing and mawkish. The wholly amoral American "marshall" is great.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Almost a mirror film to Winchester '73, with the same writer, director, star, and style, this one involves the same old same old about the smoothy crook dishonestly making a land grab off of the honest hardworking pioneer types. Stewart decides to even the deal out in this predictable, but fun, fable.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Starts promisingly but peters out into routineness by it's end.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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