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½ September 2, 2016
This movie won an Oscar for the script, and I had to see this western because it has Spencer Tracy and directed by Edward Dymytryk. Its less of a western in the sense that its more of a family drama. Three sons want to take over the ranch when the father's health dwindles, and the good half breed son takes the fall and is imprisoned in his father's stead. Upon his release he seeks revenge. There's some good scenes with Tracy and Robert Wagner, but not a lot of action. Its more about family dynamics rather than gunfights, so its a different change of pace for a western.
½ June 5, 2016
140926: Western tragedy. Outside of Katy Jurado, I enjoyed this film.
Super Reviewer
½ December 29, 2015
Excellent. Everything is top flight.
June 8, 2014
Great Western. Tracy, Wagner and Widmark were all superb. I loved Tracey's character.
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Super Reviewer
July 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
March 8, 2013
Formulaic father-sons plot with echoes of King Lear, but well acted.
February 22, 2013
This movie is a classic. They don't make movies like this anymore
½ January 29, 2013
Forgettable Story But Tracy, Widmark Shine--That Dysfunctional Deveraux Family!!
July 29, 2012
I started watching the Top 50 Westerns. Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner star in this classic.
Matt Devereau tries to raise four sons in the same manner as his tough upbringing with little success. Joe, the youngest and son of his 2nd wife, is treated differently because of his ethnicity. Joe loves his father and will do anything for him while the other three feel they are treated like hired hands.
This one gets a thumbs up!
February 18, 2012
Very good western, great story, good action. Super performance by Spencr Tracy, and Richard Widmark was great as always, I don't understand all the hoopla about the acting of Katy Jurado, but Robert Wagner was good,and Jean Peters was fine as his love interest, the rest of the cast just ok.
½ November 15, 2011
Solid Western with great performances, especially by Tracy and Widmark. Dmytryk's direction is amazing,
½ September 17, 2010
Good western, well made and well acted. Some very good scenes and a good story... but not much more than that.
September 4, 2010
Excellent Western Adaption of King Lear with great Cinematography, Beutiful Pictures of the Nature and a Bombastic Soundtrack
½ June 5, 2010
Good movie. Spencer Tracy is wonderfully entertaining as the strict father of 4 boys on a cattle ranch.
½ March 19, 2010
75/100. Exceptionally fine western, with Spencer Tracy giving a superb performance. Very well produced, good cinematography. The acting by all is very good, except for Robert Wagner, who is in way over his head. His performance is very wooden and it does hurt the film. Katy Jurado is particularly good in a supporting role, and she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. It's always interesting. It's a pleasure to see a western with a deep and moving plot. It won an Oscar for best screenplay.
½ March 19, 2010
75/100. Exceptionally fine western, with Spencer Tracy giving a superb performance. Very well produced, good cinematography. The acting by all is very good, except for Robert Wagner, who is in way over his head. His performance is very wooden and it does hurt the film. Katy Jurado is particularly good in a supporting role, and she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. It's always interesting. It's a pleasure to see a western with a deep and moving plot. It won an Oscar for best screenplay.
February 27, 2010
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that robert adler, richard widmark, philip ober, hugh o brian, jean peters, katy jurado, carl benton reid, E.G marshall, Earl holliman, robert wagner,richard widmark, spencer tracy play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that the director of this classics/drama/western movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...i think that spencer tracy is brilliant as the strict disciplinarian throughout this movie....i think that this is a great classics movie 2 watch its got a good cast throughout this movie
½ December 27, 2009
Good western, well made and well acted. Some very good scenes and a good story... but not much more than that.
August 12, 2009
Interesting 50s take on pollution emanating from big business. Other elements of this movie are classic Western tropes, old vs new, family and generational conflict. Soft liberal message on race and inter-racial marriage was welcome
July 18, 2009
A good western with Spencer Tracy giving a heavyweight performance.

When you watch this movie you will see shades of many movies that quickly followed it. You can see how it influenced films such as Giant, The Big Country, East of Eden and possibly even the western series Bonanza.

It's not as good as The Big Country but Broken Lance does have it's moments of great cinema.

Tracy is a giant in this movie compared to ham acting of Richard Widmark, Earl Holliman and Robert Wagner.

It's worth a viewing just for Tracy's performance but there is also some fine cinematography along the way.

One criticism of this movie, it could have done with more action and a better score.
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