The Lusty Men


The Lusty Men (1952)



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In this modern-day western, former rodeo star Robert Mitchum, disabled by a series of accidents, hobbles back to his Oklahoma hometown. Aspiring bronco-buster Arthur Kennedy hires Mitchum to train him for an upcoming rodeo, promising that they'll split the winnings. Complications arise when Mitchum falls hard for Kennedy's wife.

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Critic Reviews for The Lusty Men

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

A somewhat slow starter, once underway it is kept playing with growing interest under Nicholas Ray's firm direction.

Oct 23, 2007 | Full Review…
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The story isn't much (the security of family life versus the rootlessness and danger of working as a rodeo rider), but the situation is rich in emotional resonances which Ray conjures into life convincingly.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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The punch of the film is in its details of rodeo life as it is, and for this R. K. O. and Producer Jerry Wald have a dynamic film.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray -- perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Beautifully shot... plenty of symbolic imagery.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

A key American vision, with Ray's sense of failure and transience and grace pulled together into Mitchum's wink of soulful nonchalance

Nov 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lusty Men

this is one of nicholas ray's best films with a terrific performance by robert mitchum. i can't quite make out why i have never heard about this before. it might be the ridiculous title. anyway, a great gritty and realistic rodeo story. don't pass it up

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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spare tough little drama of the rodeo circuit. Fine performances

jay nixon
jay nixon

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