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In the American West of the 1950s, talented rodeo rider Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) quits after an injury. Returning to his hometown, he gets a job on a ranch. He strikes up a friendship with Wes (Arthur Kennedy), a fellow ranch hand who dreams of being a rodeo rider. Wes talks Jeff into training him, and joins the rodeo circuit with the reluctant approval of his wife (Susan Hayward). But when the two men start to disagree, Jeff returns to the circuit himself.

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Critic Reviews for The Lusty Men

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15)

  • Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics .

    October 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A somewhat slow starter, once underway it is kept playing with growing interest under Nicholas Ray's firm direction.

    October 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray -- perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Mitchum is the most convincing cowboy I've seen in horse opry, meeting every situation with the lonely, distant calm of a master cliché-dodger.

    November 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lusty Men

  • Mar 31, 2011
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2007
    spare tough little drama of the rodeo circuit. Fine performances
    jay n Super Reviewer

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