Forty Guns (1957)

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This Sam Fuller western contains elements and production techniques that were to show up in spaghetti westerns of the '60s. Fuller's West was a violent, lawless place, lacking the moral grounding found in typical genre entries. Forty Guns was not well received by American film critics, but in Europe it is a revered work, particularly in France where Fuller has become a cult figure and is considered one of the most important and innovative of post WW II American filmmakers. The story centers on Barbara Stanwyck who plays a powerful female landowner who basically runs an entire Arizona county with an iron fist. Her decrees are enforced by a small army of cowboy henchmen and she meets with little opposition from the willow-spined sheriff and the terrorized residents. Things go just as she wants until a gunslinger-turned-pacifistic-US Marshal and his two brothers ride to town to usurp Stanwyck and her psychotic brother. Once there, one of the brothers falls in love with the lovely town gunsmith. Their wedding day is destroyed when Stanwyck's brother shoots the groom, causing the Marshal to forsake his vow to never again use his gun.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Western
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Studio:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Jessica Drummond
Barry Sullivan
as Griff Bonnell
Dean Jagger
as Sheriff Ned Logan
Gene Barry
as Wes Bonnell
John Ericson
as Brockie Drummond
Robert Dix
as Chico Bonnell
Jack 'Jidge' Carroll
as Barney Cashman
Jack "Judge" Carroll
as Bamey Cashman
Gerald Milton
as Shotgun Spangler
Eve Brent Ashe
as Louvenia Spangler
Hank Worden
as John Chisum
Chuck Roberson
as Howard Swain
Chuck Hayward
as Charlie Savage
Sandra Wirth
as Chico's Girl
Paul Dubov
as Judge Macey
Eddie Parks
as Sexton
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Critic Reviews for Forty Guns

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Offers the anticipated measures of doomed love and sudden death but surprises with its dramatic richness.

Full Review… | February 15, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An early example of genre revisionism, but the tone isn't always so serious thanks to some of the most overt innuendo ever put on screen.

Full Review… | July 5, 2015
The Skinny

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December 14, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Fuller's comic book world is a complete artistic creation, a place where men were MEN and women could take a bullet now and then.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010
Kinetofilm

Audience Reviews for Forty Guns

Great western with some really nice unexpected twists. Love that gun barrel shot. Looks like Sam Fuller beat James Bond to the punch.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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 Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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