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Its rhetoric may be laconic and folksy, but its fury and its nobility seem distilled from Shakespeare.
Great epic. Shows why Peppard rose to be a star. Also showcases how under rated Robert Mitchum has been in Hollywood.
A sad tale pitching gender and love against one another.
A true Hollywood classic worth watching again and again....!!!!!
One of Minnelli's greatest works.
The critics are all wet on this one, the audience right on. Great story, great performances by George Peppard and Luana Patten, otherwise the acting is right out of a soap opera and not as good as many soaps. Maybe they were trying to do their Tennessee Williams thing.
a touch too much of the 50s hollywood epic for my taste but highly watchable. a big macho melodrama in which mitchum of course rules and george peppard is surprisingly laid back and cool. can't fault minelli's direction either
Excellent screenplay in the hands of a stellar cast. Few people could play Wade Hunnicutt as convincingly as Robert Mitchum. His voice, his mannerisms, and his delivery are perfect for the storyline. The supporting cast is stellar including a young George Peppard who plays his role as illegitimate son with excellent style and a subtle bitterness that is quite convincing. Overall, just an exceptional piece of cinematic history.
Vincente Minnelli directed melodrama that's more soap opera than western. Robert Mitchum plays the rich womanizing ranching family patriarch and Eleanor Parker plays his wife who stays with him out of obligation and a bargain they struck that she would be allowed to raise their son without Mitchum's interference. However, their now grown son, George Hamilton, is a mama's boy and awfully dependent upon his mother, so Mitchum decides it's time that he makes Hamilton a man. Mitchum takes him on hunting trips and such with his loyal and macho ranch hand George Peppard, who we later find out (SPOILER ALERT) is actually Mitchum's bastard son who seeks the fatherly attention Mitchum is suddenly bestowing upon Hamilton. There are other pregnancies, rival rich families, secret romances, and all sorts of melodrama that you'd expect from a glossy Minnelli MGM production. That glossy Minnelli look and soapy story elements seem oddly out of place in this butch western setting, but that is a small quibble. Director George Stevens did this much better with "Giant" but I'm a sucker for Minnelli soap operas and I did quite like this film, even if it was a bit overlong.
good drama as MGM 'borrows' mitchum 4 this A pic