The River's Edge (1957)
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Critic Reviews for The River's Edge
The director, Allan Dwan, fills the sunbaked landscape with an acrid haze of moods and a suffocating tangle of emotions, which he conjures with sharp, stark images of stifled frenzy.
Milland's caustic performance, one of his better ones, keeps things at a boil until the bitter end.
Audience Reviews for The River's Edge
western noir from allan dwan. love the colors!
Not a western but a well shot and performed drama set in the West. The story is rather ordinary but benefits from the role reversal of Milland, usually the hero and Quinn, often the heavy but in opposite roles here. Even at the relatively brief running time the script could have been tightened a bit but overall a good film. One caveat-it would take a great deal to make a woman as stunning as Debra Paget was in her prime look bad but the filmmakers almost achieve that feat. Saddled with unflattering makeup and frightening Lucille Ball red hair that never moves no matter what travail she is enduring her beauty is almost completely obscured.
This melodrama is a bit campy, but the high production values and a good cast make it entertaining. There are plenty of dramatic scenarios.
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