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The script is nothing special and the the production value is nonexistent.
This one's tough to rate. Great cast. This would be the perfect western except for one thing. Spoiler alert. Jones' character, who wants to be a good girl from the beginning, just keeps being a bad girl over and over and over and over again. Sure, he's Gregory Peck, but get a hold of yourself ! It makes it hard to watch.
The best Western romance movie ever made! With the best movie score ever composed!
A sexist and racist movie that happens to have some pretty views of the countryside.
Soap opera western about Pearl, a "half-breed" woman, who goes to live with distant relatives after her father is hanged for murder. Pearl finds herself torn between two brothers, one good and one bad. Gets tiresome as she seems change her mind based on how much attention the boys give her. Certainly a bit dated. Does sport an impressive number of extras on horses in some scenes. Lead actress, Jennifer Jones, was nominated for an Oscar as best lead actress but over-acts plenty. I guess that's the way it was done back then.
Was expecting a classic western but instead got this over-colored, over-done, over-everything hacienda soap opera. They should have made this a porn film with some lurid and thrilling half-dressed action which a hung 'n horny Gregory Peck (er) would have been very glad to role play with the luscious Pearl to the hilt. What big wet lips she had. Then re-titled it "Pearl: La Puta de la Rancho Bit Espanol." At least it would have had some redeeming statement. A disappointment all the way around.
But it's a real departure from your classic western formula. Jennifer Jones sizzles as a hot little half-breed that wants to be a "good girl" but just can't resist all those wicked urges. Gregory Peck missed his calling..he is fantastic as the ultimate bad boy who just takes what he wants, and kills who he wants without remorse all the while getting atta-boys from the old man with Lionel Barrymore in a familiar role of rich curmudgeon. Yeah, it's over the top melodrama and literally everything is way overdone but I still love it. Too bad the Lewt character didn't carry over to The Gunfighter, another western soap opera that has lent itself to over-analyzation.
Sprawling epic western has half breed boarding up with her distant family and becoming involved in a love triangle with her half cousins. A film whose obvious grand designs fell short on execution. Lead actress Jennifer Jones would be nominated for an Academy Award and later marry the producer.
Any girl who was my girl is still my girl. That's the type of guy I am.
Pearl Chavez is a half breed at a time of native American mixed children were frowned upon; however, Pearl is beautiful and adopted by a man with two sons. The sons grow up one good and one bad and both in love with Pearl. The bad one gets her, and the good one moves away; but when things go bad for Pearl, hopefully the good brother will save her.
"Act like I'm not even here. Act like we never even met."
King Vidor, director of War and Peace, The Citadel, The Fountainhead, Lightening Strikes Twice, The Big Parade, Three Wise Fools, and Dusk to Dawn (1922), delivers Duel in the Sun. The storyline for this film is very good and was intense in several scenes. The acting was astronomically good and the cast contains Gregory peck, Joseph Cotton, Lionel Barrymore, Jennifer Jones, Lillian Gish, Harry Carey, Otto Kruger, and Butterfly McQueen.
"I should have done that to you years ago."
This was a surprisingly good western where Peck delivered a magnificent villain role. His performance was so wiry, loose, and unpredictable. His character had a ruthless swagger that gripped the picture and didn't let go till the final scene. This is a must see for fans of Peck and a very unique role for him.
"I bet I can hit that ding dong straight on."
Vale la pena por su grandioso final y una deslumbrante fotografia a todo color.