The Bravados (1958)





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Brooding Gregory Peck arrives in a small western town to witness the hanging of the men whom he holds responsible for the murder of his wife (they've been arrested for an unrelated crime). Through the help of a duplicitous executioner, the gang escapes--taking Kathleen Gallant as hostage. The vengeful Peck hunts the fugitives down and kills them in cold blood. He is forced to ask himself if he's any better than the criminals when he discovers that the fugitives, though justly convicted of murder, had nothing to do with his wife's death. The Bravados is as grim and compelling as the earlier Henry King/Gregory Peck western The Gunfighter. And yes, that's "Curly" Joe DeRita, of Three Stooges fame, in the role of the menacing hangman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama , Western
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Gregory Peck
as Jim Douglass
Joan Collins
as Josefa Velarde
Stephen Boyd
as Bill Zachary
Albert Salmi
as Ed Taylor
Henry Silva
as Lujan
George Voskovec
as Gus Steinmetz
Herbert Rudley
as Sheriff Elroy Sanchez
Lee Van Cleef
as Alfonso Parral
Ada Carrasco
as Mrs. Parral
Ken Scott
as Primo
Gene Evans
as Butler
Jack Mather
as Quinn
Curly Joe DeRita
as Mr. Simms
Robert Adler
as Tony Mirabel
Jason Wingreen
as Hotel Clerk
Robert Griffin
as Banker Loomis
Juan García
as Deputy Sheriff
Jacqueline Evans
as Mrs. Barnes
Alicia del Lago
as Angela Lujan
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Critic Reviews for The Bravados

All Critics (4)

Gregory Peck was the perfect expression of idealized cinematic manhood: Remote yet full of passion, stern but empathetic, skilled in the ways of violence but reluctant to employ them.

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Henry King's stroll into Anthony Mann Country is a stronger, more limber, more complex Western than The Gunfighter

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

A-1 western revenge flick with strong Peck performance.

July 17, 2008

Stumbles when it catches a bad case of religion.

Full Review… | December 29, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Bravados


160606: "You never hear the shot that kills you." Lujan's (Henry Silva) quote alone, never mind his horse (she's a beauty), makes this an all right western. My lower first rating, 2.5, probably came from the religious tone but glad I watched this film again. Stars a younger Lee Van Cleef and Gene Evans (briefly). "God bless you Jim". Ok, that last line was a bit much.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

Gregory Peck plays Jim Douglass, a relentless man bent on avenging the rape and death of his wife by four outlaws six months earlier. He follows them to a small town where they were going to be hung for their evil deeds. Whilst there me meets a former gal pal, Joan Collins (Josefa), who is still madly in love with him and has never married. Naturally, things go wrong: the bad guys escape, taking a young female hostage (Kathleen Gallant) with them and Douglass sets off, with the posse, to recapture them although Douglass is set upon dispensing summary justice if possible. And that he does to three of the bravados, but when catching up with the fourth, the Indian Lujan (Henry Silva), Douglass discovers that his vengeful mission has been seriously flawed from the get-go. Lee van Cleef portrays one of the bad guys in his usual eye piercing style. Peck does an admirable job of portraying a steely-eyed, single-minded 'hunter' hell-bent on vengeance against all cost and Joan Collins wasn't half bad as the rekindled love interest. The leering Stephen Boyd is also memorable as Bill, the psychotic outlaw ready for rape and murder any time it suits him.

Deb S
Deb S

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The Bravados started out really good.I expected to add it to my Best Western list & go out & look for it on DVD but towards the end it just lost it's steam & became an ordinary Western.I hate it when that happens!

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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