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June 12, 2016
Yul Brynner is a rare actor whose very presence elevates the performances of all around him. So magnetic is he, so larger than life, scenes without him seem artificial, their deficiencies obvious. He makes the movie far more interesting than it deserves to be. You will be drawn to his character and enjoy the movie in spite of everything else. I give it a 6 of 10 with 5 of the positive points for him alone.
½ January 12, 2015
A Stanley Kramer production that feels like what you'd get if you blended one of Kramer's "social conscience" productions with a spaghetti western. If that doesn't sound like a completely satisfying prospect to you, well then you're mostly right. George Segal plays a Confederate veteran who comes home to find that his Union-sympathizing home town has taken away everything he owned and don't plan on giving it back. Town honcho Pat Hingle doesn't want him around and ends up hiring mysterious gunfighter Yul Brynner to kill Segal. It's quite reminiscent of Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter", while a lot more liberal Hollywood slick that that flick. It is thoroughly entertaining if overwhelmingly slight.
½ August 25, 2013
A solid cast (Yul Brynner, George Segal, Strother Martin, William Hickey, Russell "The Professor" Johnson) is trapped in this plodding though occasionally entertaining western. One interesting production note, HItchcock's Psycho house on the Universal backlot was used for part of this film.
½ May 18, 2013
A semi-interesting film of a gunfighter and a small western town.
November 3, 2010
A moral drama. Stunning realism and Yul Brynner make this film a winner. Brought to a coward town to kill a man he doesn't know, Brynner also sees a married woman he desperatly wants. When the girl won't leave town with him, Yul goes crazy.

This is quite a Western... unconventional to say the least and not as others have clamed a predictable plot. It isn't, unless realism is predictable. The town mayor is the ever dispicable guy I have hated in every film he ever played a role. You will know him when you see him. He never played a good guy role EVER.

Gunslinger WITH a concious, Yul Brynner is outstanding. Segal was quite young when his made this film and was quite good before he turned to comedic roles in the 70's and 80's.

I would highly recommend the Western to those that don't mind the slow pace of the film. Anyone that likes Yul Brynner, who carries this movie single handed, will love it too.

The saddest part is that the movie seems to have been made with lip synching the voices to the movie. It becomes awkward to watch as the sounds from the mouths of the actors doesn't always match the spoken words. Plus, there is no background sounds of the town or wind or anything.

A very dramatic Western of love forbidden and love lost, the Invatation to a Gunfighter succeeds on so many levels unless you like constant killing and action.

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Oscar winner Yul Brynner turns in a "great performance" (Los Angeles Herald Times) as a smooth master gunfighter who must do battle with his most formidable adversary - his own conscience - in this gripping, double-barreled western full of blistering shootouts, surprise twists and colorful villainy. In a New Mexico frontier town, Jules Gaspard d'Estaing (Brynner) is hired by the town's boss (Pat Hingle) to kill Matt Weaver (George Segal), a Civil War veteran who returns to reclaim his farm and his woman. But when d'Estaing realizes that Weaver may be the only honest man left, the conflicted hired gun must either kill an innocent man - or destroy his own reputation - in a heart-stopping final showdown.

Brad Dexter
Yul Brynner (of The Magnificient Seven and Oscar winner)
Pat Hingle
Janice Rule
Alfred Ryder
George Segal (later a comedic actor of much fame)

Story by: Hal Goodman
Production Designer: Robert Clatworthy
Story by: Larry Klein
Costume Designer: Paula Giokaris
Editor: Robert C. Jones
Cinematographer: Joseph MacDonald
Composer: David Raksin
Screenplay: Elizabeth Wilson
Director: Richard Wilson
Producer: Richard Wilson
Screenplay: Richard Wilson
September 14, 2010
½ September 3, 2010
Average western that usues the predictable plot of hiring a gunslinger to kill a squater. Only this movie puts the twist of hiring the squater to, in return, kill the gunman. As far as westerns go, you could do better or worse.
½ August 24, 2010
Yul Brynner is like the devil come to town to bend it to his will. But is he a villain? Or a hero? Both, or neither? And does the town deserve the hell he brings with him? A strangely cerebral western with some fine performances from a lot of character actors. And dang, Brynner is one mysterious dude.
½ June 9, 2010
This drags a little bit, but if you have a bad weather day, nothing to do, like westerns and like Yul Brynner then try this one.
May 28, 2009
Yul Brynner plays a Creole gunslinger who stops over in the western town of Pecos and accepts $500 to kill former Confederate soldier Matt Weaver (George Segal of THE DUCHESS AND THE DIRTWATER FOX) after Weaver has killed the man who is living in his farm. The entire population of this remote New Mexican town stands against Weaver. Pat Hingle plays the town's most promienent citizen who stole Weaver's ranch after Weaver went off to fight in the Civil War. Brynner reunites briefly with his MAGNIFICENT SEVEN co-star Brad Dexter in a thankless role as a stablekeeper. Director Richard Wilson and his wife Elizabeth wrote this offbeat, race oriented western that is more moody and loqacious than it needs to be. Brynner's character spends several minutes trying to instruct the townspeople about the correct way to pronounce his name. He is an unusual western character in that he is reluctant to ride a horse unless it is absolutely necessary. Certain townspeople discriminate against Jules based on his heritage. Half way or thereabouts into the action, Jules reveals his sympathy for the have-nots and goes on a rampage trying to destroy the town. Downbeat western is Brynner's worst oater and pretentious to boot. Somebody should have given Brynner a better looking hat.
April 1, 2009
In many ways, this feels like a made-for-television movie...if not for the strong performances of both Yul Brynner and Pat Hingle - it still could have done with some more action scenes though!
March 5, 2009
Still ahead of it's time
June 25, 2008
This is a strong western with Bryner as solid as ever with a gun in his hand. Even though all the expected western themes are apparent, it does have a better than average plot.
December 20, 2007
7.5 out of 10 stars. There is something about the on screen charisma of Yul Brynner. He does well in the role. This was a good western flick. You are held to the movie by the story and the acting. CLASSIC
December 16, 2007
Another great from the great Yul Brynner, the original man in black. His movies are the ones that made me want to be a cowboy when I grew up.
July 18, 2007
ahhh... so this is where the Yul Brynner character in Westworld comes from.
June 21, 2007
This movie is about a mishap at the printer's. The card is supposed to say "Invitation to a Gunfight", but they get it wrong
March 9, 2007
great !!! brilliant actor !!!
February 2, 2007
I don't know of too many movies with Yul Brynner in it. He is an amazing actor.
January 22, 2007
kool as i might wanna see lol of course i wanna see it
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