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Firecreek Reviews

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½ January 10, 2016
Henry Fonda broke from tradition and portrayed two villains in 1968. One was Once Upon A Time In The West; This was the other.
August 8, 2014
Good friends Stewart and Fonda play adversaries, but each are at the same time conflicted over their values. Sort of a reexploration of High Noon where an entire town refuses to stand up to a gang of bad guys. Not a lot of action but the leads rescue this from being awful.
½ April 16, 2014
Anything with James Stewart/Henry Fonda should be a classic, but 'Firecreek' is one of the weakest westerns I've ever seen. It plays more like an episode of 'Little House on the Prairie,' than a big time western.

If you watch closely, you'll even see where Michael Landon got a few of his ideas.
September 8, 2013
Great writing here. Not a typical western. Well done.

It's a lesson I learned a long time ago. A man worth shootin' is a man worth killin'.
August 25, 2013
It's the only film where Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart appeared together. Stewart is a small town's part-time sheriff when outlaw Fonda shows up in town with his no-good gang. Sadly, this powerhouse pairing and solid set-up ends up being a rather dull western. The film begin well and has a good final showdown, but the midsection of the film was quite slow and way overlong. Not terrible, but this could easily have been made a classic.
½ August 11, 2013
Gritty western about Stewart standing up to a gang of outlaws led by Fonda. Nothing novel, nor much to work with writing wise, but it passes the time and keeps you sort of interested.
May 18, 2013
A slow burner, but a satisfying character study--Hard to find a place with no bruises!!
½ February 12, 2013
It moves a little slow. But worth watching if ya like westerns.
December 25, 2012
It's pretty slow but the conclusion where Stewart turn reluctant hero is pretty good. .
November 11, 2012
I really loved this film Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda were the best playing in the opposite sides when Henry Fonda plays Bob Larkin who was a vicious bad cowboy that wanted to take over the town with his gang and Jimmy managed to take him and his gang out!!!! ­~
July 27, 2012
I'm seeing the word 'mediocre' when this film is described. Let's just say this, there is NOTHING mediocre when you bring together a cast like this; Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Dean Jagger and Jack Elam...it's a classic western! Stewart shines here...BIG.
October 21, 2011
Remembered seeing this Western at a big screen theater. Stewart and Fonda at their finest :)
½ April 17, 2011
that blow to fonda at the end (sorry, spoiler) was like scratching a huge itch. infuriating to watch, too many passive people in this movie. now i just need a punching bag.
August 31, 2010
1968 western with Fonda and Stewart facing off as villain and hero. Much the same plot as in Jimmie Stewart's early classic, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.

Inger Stevens is an old flame of Henry Fonda who saves the day in this thriller that builds a slow but sure exciting end in a small town of the west. Lots of great wind sounds and dust too.

Thumbs up for this western with all the great supporting cast as well. Not a waste of your time, which is my criteria for a good movie.
Super Reviewer
½ April 11, 2010
This was a very good western with two big name stars. James Stewart plays a farmer that is also the sheriff of a small town called Firecreek. Firecreek is a small town with many old folks and quiet towns people. But when a group of outlaws come into town for a rest they turn the quiet town and it's people upside down. Henry Fonda plays the leader of the outlaws. His character has some morales. But while he is resting from a gun shot wound his crew make life uneasy for the people in town. In the end Stewart's character must stand up to these men. This was a well done western. You don't get any real action in this movie till the end. But the build up to it was well done. Stewart and Fonda are both very good in their roles. They carry this movie and make it that much better. Otherwise this might have been a mediocre western. A must see for any Stewart & Fonda fans or those who enjoy a good western movie.
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April 9, 2010
Gritty western with a melancholy tone. Stewart and Fonda do good work as adversaries although Henry is a conflicted villain. He has some good scenes with Inger Stevens that humanize his character. Inger imparts a real sense of muted sorrow to her part but also a core of strength, a very subtle actress.
February 19, 2010
well 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 thorughout this movie.......i think that james stewart, henry fonda, inger stevens play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that its a great classic pairing of both james stewart n henry fonda as the lead roles which were brilliant thorughout this movie.....i think that the director of this western/drama/adventure movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect thorughout this movie....i think that henry fonda/james stewart are perfect for the roles in this movie......i think that this is a great western movie 2 watch
November 20, 2009
It's this type of western that killed the genre.
½ April 26, 2009
They just don't make 'em like this anymore! This is a quite astonishing Western, deliberately full of all the Western clich├ęs you can think of, but also dark sexual and religious psychology reflecting the contextual concerns of the period (student riots, vietnam war etc; this film was made just before 'The Wild Bunch') Here we have two of the most reliable and comfortable Western actors you can think of - Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda playing opposite each other. Jimmy Stewart making an absolute meal of the 'a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do' theme, and Henry Fonda virtually sleep-walks his role as the reluctant gang leader.
And then there's the 'James Dean' - type stable boy, all angst and mood - but better make him simple-minded as he is the catalyst to the plot; you couldn't invent more psychotic killers, and there are more familiar actors in bit-parts than you can shake a stick at. This film is crying out for analysis in depth (the role of the women in the film would be worth an article on its own), but you can't obtain the film on Region 2 DVD for goodness sake. I would love to write a book on this film............if I could find it to watch. It appeared on the TCM channel recently but that's no good if you need to analyse it frame by frame. Please someone/anyone let me know when/if it comes out on Region 2 DVD!
January 13, 2009
Not bad for a Sunday afternoon slump, even better that it stars 2 masterful actors.
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