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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.
Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams ( Creature from the Black Lagoon).
What a great western ! .Anthony Mann worked for the second time with James Stewart in Bend of the River (1952).Jimmy does good work as always.Arthur Kennedy is brilliant in his role.The beautiful and talented Julie Adams plays Laura Baile and she does it great.Lori Nelson is wonderful as Marjie Baile.Rock Hudson is a gambler named Trey Wilson and he's terrific.Jimmy Stewart always was very particular about any picture that he appeared in and I can see why he liked this film. The photography is good, the scenery monumental, raw, majestic. It's an enjoyable movie, especially if you're interested in the Westerns of the 1950s, a good example of the joint work of Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart.
Bend of the River is an overlooked, quintessential Western.
The best Western movie ever made!
This is a Western that hits all the varied marks that it needs to hit.
Jimmy Stewart makes for a tough and brutally fierce leader who is accompanied by other rough-and-tough outlaws and beautifully shot landscapes where the latter changes accordingly to the situation at hand.
This is a great example of why Westerns were very popular during this period in Hollywood. I can picture the kids pretending to be cowboys right now!
story holds up well over the years, and a good performance by Stewart
Unusual western of two criminals being presented with the same decisions but choosing different courses. Well made.
So great. So far I'm 3 for 3 with Anthony Mann, 1 for 3 with Ford.
Stewart kicks ass! Fun fact: Lillian Randolph AKA the voice of Mammy Two-Shoes in Tom & Jerry makes an appearance!
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.
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.