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Broken Lance

1954, Western, 1h 36m

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A patriarchal rancher's empire is threatened by conflict within his family. On the day of his release from prison, the son of a cattle baron swears vengeance on his three half-brothers responsible for dispossessing him of his inheritance and driving his father to a fatal stroke. The ensuing story unfolds in flashback, tracing the sibling rivalries that led to the man's imprisonment.

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Spencer Tracy
Matt Devereaux
Robert Wagner
Joe Devereaux
Richard Widmark
Ben Devereaux
Katy Jurado
Señora Devereaux
Hugh O'Brian
Mike Devereaux
Earl Holliman
Denny Devereaux
E.G. Marshall
Horace - The Governor
Robert Burton
Mac Andrews
Robert Adler
O'Reilly (uncredited)
Richard Murphy
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  • Dec 29, 2015
    Excellent. Everything is top flight.
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  • Jul 11, 2013
    While Fox's May 18, 2005 DVD release of their 1954 film "Broken Lance" includes both Widescreen and Full Screen Versions (or Pan & Scan), it is the CinemaScope (2.55:1) version that brings the power and grandeur of this exceptional dramatic Western to life -- that along with the excellent 4-track Stereophonic sound track that was part of its original release. It has been 50 years since we have had the opportunity to see the film in the manner that it was first released theatrically -- and in this form it ranks as one of the finest Westerns of all-time. Rchard Murphy's Oscar winning screenplay provides some excellent dialog and story structure not usually found in the average outdoor film. The cast, all the way from Spencer Tracy to smaller roles like that of E.G. Marshall, are all we developed. Now if Fox would only give the same great release treatment to their 1955 "A Man Called Peter" (only available in Pan & Scan VHS)! It would be wonderful to see this film in CinemaScope with Stereophonic sound once again! 5 Stars 7-9-13
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  • Feb 03, 2008
    directed by edward dmytryk (the caine mutiny with bogart in the same year) and starring spencer tracy as a land owner and cattle rancher (no katharine in sight unusually) with 3 disrespectful sons and 1 respectful one. when matt devereaux (tracy) has to sign his land over to his 3 erstwhile sons they take advantage of him and slowly kill him. the rest of the film is about the remaining 4th son... but to say anymore would be to divulge too much. engrossing stuff
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