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January 29, 2017
story holds up well over the years, and a good performance by Stewart
½ September 11, 2016
I felt this western was a bit generic. Stewart plays a guide to settlers and has to lead them to where they want to start a new life. They deal with a greedy supplier who wants to sell their stuff, and also with a young upstart gambler and a possible horse thief. I like the character arc but the movie was rather lacking in my opinion.
July 23, 2016
Unusual western of two criminals being presented with the same decisions but choosing different courses. Well made.
April 26, 2016
So great. So far I'm 3 for 3 with Anthony Mann, 1 for 3 with Ford.
April 25, 2016
Stewart kicks ass! Fun fact: Lillian Randolph AKA the voice of Mammy Two-Shoes in Tom & Jerry makes an appearance!
Paris S.
Super Reviewer
½ October 9, 2015
Some minor flaws aside, (one dated racial typecast character, a simplistic mining- agriculture dichotomy) I consider this one of the best westerns you'll ever see, and a great movie outside even its genre trappings. One of the most interesting facets of this film is the interplay between its gun wielding characters, and their shaky alliance which unfolds in a riveting way. Bend of the River also contains one of James Stewart's darkest on screen moments, and it comes off as both believable and awesome.
½ April 8, 2015
The score the critics gave this is way overboard--this film is just an average, run-of-the-mill western with stereotypical characters. The whole movie is just one big cliche. There are so many other westerns that are so much better--High Noon, Shane, The Searchers, and, of course, The Magnificent Seven. Almost forgot Stagecoach.
June 8, 2014
James Stewart's follow-up to his career changing performance in "Winchester '73," when he showed the world he could play tougher more violent of roles. Prior to his Anthony Mann westerns, Jimmy was primarily appearing in romantic comedies or other light fare. In this film, Jimmy is leading a wagon train along the Oregon Trail and at trails end, he helps the settlers fend off some various baddies including Arthur Kennedy. Handsome gambler Rock Hudson also helps Jimmy. And an interesting note of trivia, according to IMDB, this is the last tim in which Stewart had his own hair.
½ May 3, 2014
Pretty good if you're into Westerns.
½ November 21, 2013
Excellent Anthony Mann directed Western starring his usual casting in the title roles.
James Stewart is the lead hero and matches John Wayne in Western standard here.
The lavish Technicolour is used to full effect and shows the US scenery to full effect.
Mann as director is every bit as good as other Western directors such as John Ford.
Here Stewart guides farmers to a new life across the States. However en route their food supply for the ensuing harsh winter is compromised in a distant town down river due to a gold rush that puts a greater financial value on their food stores for the new gold hunters in the town now.
Stewart rescues the food whilst fighting demons from his long since criminal past.
½ August 27, 2013
Jimmy Stewart wasn't afraid to ride along with actors who could possibly steal the show. Arthur Kennedy is the star here, and it's not often you find a character as likable as the one he plays, turn heel so late into the movie.
½ June 28, 2013
Against Mann's splendors, as always, lie the elusiveness of civilization, the flux of alliances, and the purgative wrestling of warriors
February 23, 2013
This is a decent western but it's not great
January 12, 2013
A former outlaw leads a wagon train through Indian raids to the boom town of Portland. There he squares off with another famous outlaw and meets a fast shooting young gambler in a conflict between wealthy miners and farmers. Spectacular prarie settings and adult dramatic tones add depth to this entertaining western starring a great James Stewart in another collaboration with director Anthony Mann.
December 7, 2012
Now this is what I'm talking about! What a terrific adventure! Lots of action and every character has something we want to discover about them. Also, steamboat fights... awesome!
Super Reviewer
November 1, 2012
one of the greatest of the stewart/mann westerns. arthur kennedy is really great here as a slippery outlaw with a twinkle in his eye
September 30, 2012
Easily one of the best westerns of all time, not a perfect ten, but there is intriguing dialogue, very good acting, and wonderful camerawork. Overall a really good film. Great? Maybe.....
July 27, 2012
Yet another spectacular western collaboration between James Stewart and Anthony Mann. With its action-packed story, Bend of the River is as intense as it is visually breathtaking. It shows the wildest side of the old wild west, while depicting a rather simple, yet thrilling, story, which includes all kids of scams, crooked officials, gunfights, horse chases, burning romance, and a brave gunslinger, played by James Stewart, on top of it. While he remains a mystery until the very end (the director doesn't consciously take sides, in order to intensify the experience), his true nature is revealed in a most impressive finale a western could have.
May 20, 2012
James Stewart är hård, rättvis och ett helvete till karl.Vacker natur + bra story.Rekommenderas.
May 12, 2012
A cut above usual Western fare!!
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