Forty Guns

1957, Western, 1h 20m

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An Arizona rancher (Barbara Stanwyck) rules with her cowboy army until a U.S. marshal (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers come to town.

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  • May 23, 2013
    Gorgeous western which borders on the artistic. This film and Johnny Guitar are at the forefront of the development of strong female characters in the very masculine world of the Wild West.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2010
    Although the story didn't really appeal to me, I liked how it was filmed. The shots were diverse and creative, it reminded me a little of Hitchcock's way of filming sometimes. I wish Barbara had a bigger part in it, I can't get enough of this woman. She has a very powerful appearance, that never fails to captivate me. <div style="width:400px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/barbara-stanwyck-forty-guns-forty-guns-13627297"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/62/72/13627297_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2009
    One wacky-doodlely Freudian Western. "She's a high ridin' woman with a whip . . . But if someone could break her and take her whip away, Someone big, someone strong, someone tall, You may find that the woman with a whip ...is only a woman after all." "Get a doctor. She'll live."
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2008
    "She's a high-riding woman with a whip" The idea of Barbara Stanwyck galloping around the prairie in a stetson, cracking a whip, is disappointingly underplayed in Forty Guns. Also the potential Freudian and feminist elements are never explored past the surface (though the two female stars are as spunky as the men are handsome, Jessica Drummond is only waiting for a man to take charge!) - see the superbly over the top 'Johnny Guitar' if you really want any kind of subtext or depth. It's still entertaining and campy enough though to make the already short running time whiz by quick enough. Stanwyck is always never less than watchable and Barry Sullivan's rugged presence does the job it's intended. The dialogue is sparky if a little ropey "I've never kissed a gunsmith before" "I need a strong man to carry out my orders... And a weak one to take them". And the visual effects are a bit of a treat - a big close-up of Sullivan's eyes, during a shoot-out, only serves to diminish the expected dramatic affect as it causes us to titter. As does the scene when the burgeoning lovers spy each other lovingly through the barrel of a gun! But the absolute highlight here is the two songs - both of which are unexpectedly and quite spectacularly sung IN character! The Woman With a Whip number is especially ripe as it's sung by one of the male leads as his mates watch on, smiling nonchalantly, as they soap themselves in their bath-tubs!? The other song, sung as a funeral rite, initially startled and surprised me in it's bravado of having a man sing a love song where the object of desire is another man! Until you realise the 'he' he is singing about is God... Damn! Still, the queer seeds are there for us to pick up on! All this (vaguely homoerotic) campery had me thinking... Forty Guns is maybe only two songs shy of an all-out musical! Now THAT would have been a lot more intriguing. <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/movie/forty-guns/photos?p=11407116"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/40/71/11407116_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"
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