The Badlanders


The Badlanders (1958)




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Alan Ladd stars in The Badlanders as Peter Van Hook, the mastermind of a gold robbery. The victim-to-be is Cyril Lounsberry (Kent Smith), whose perjured testimony had sent the innocent Van Hook and John McBain (Ernest Borgnine) to prison. Van Hook and McBain conspire with "sporting woman" Anita (Katy Jurado) to rob Lounsberry of his ill-gotten gains; meanwhile Lounsberry is planning to ditch his wife and run off with his mistress, Ada Winton (Claire Kelly). Aligning with dynamite expert Vincente (Nehemiah Persoff), Van Hook and his companions pull off the heist, only to be arrested at Lounsberry's command. McBain exacts final vengeance on Lounsberry, allowing Van Hook to escape with Ada. If you look closely, you'll discover that The Badlanders is a sagebrush remake of The Asphalt Jungle (1950), a fact confirmed by the onscreen credits.

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A Western remake of the film noir "The Asphalt Jungle" pales considerably besides John Huston's original.

Nov 1, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Badlanders

Solid western with Ladd and Borgnine playing well off of each other. Well directed by Daves with good color photography and a lively pace. Katy Jurado is a strong second lead and looks particularly beautiful here. She and Borgnine were briefly married after this, quite a tempestous union.

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