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½ May 5, 2012
very weak, boring, useless, lame movie.
January 31, 2012
A typical no nonsense kinda western. Good performances
November 20, 2011
A rowdy, wonderful Western which sadly has gotten very little attention from both audiences and its own studio. This movie is not available on DVD in the U.S., an error which Universal seriously needs to rectify. Kirk Douglas gives one of his best performances as the title character, an easy-going drifter who befriends a young, impressionable runaway (William Campbell). The two of them wander into a town where they are hired to work on a ranch owned by a manipulative woman (Jeanne Crain). When the owner extends her herd further across the land, however, Kirk finds himself reluctantly embroiled in a range war. Douglas shines in this lively Western, as does Crain as the carnivorous rancher. Campbell is a bit annoying, though; he tries a bit too hard but grows more into the role as the movie progresses. Although it follows many Western conventions, 'Man Without a Star' is hardly routine; it's energetic, exciting, memorable, and often funny. Frankie Laine sings the title tune; Kirk sings and plays the banjo in the film, just like he did in '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' the year before. Catch this under-appreciated gem when and if you can.
June 13, 2011
Tylsä ja rasittava eikä tässä muutenkaan oo oikeastaan mitään sisältöä.
October 17, 2010
Without Kirk Douglas this western would have little fizz to it as the story is ordinary stuff. He gives a nice performance although nothing award worthy.
½ September 20, 2009
Kirk Douglas done a amazing job in this movie. I love this movie. This movie one of my best westerns.
February 20, 2009
For some reason, I've seen this Kirk Douglas movie more than any of his others. It's a very good one and Kirk is as great as he's ever been.
February 3, 2009
Characteristically powerful performance from Kirk, ably assisted by strong back-up cast. The story does occasionally lose momentum but the moving is satifying. The resolution is a bit quick by comparision with today's films. A kind of Western Casablanca, set amidst the irrisistable forces of modernisation. This movie shows the power of fable and myth to reflect back timeless concerns about growing up, progress and tkaing a side
November 24, 2008
Good western, but nothing much out of the ordinary for the time period. Professionally made, Kirk Douglas is good as always, not much attention to period detail. Entertaining but not a particularly memorable film.
½ August 4, 2008
This is the 50's western that I judge all others against.
December 9, 2007
Kirk Douglas is wonderful in this ??50s Western drama. Douglas plays Dempsey Rae, a free spirited cowhand looking to stay ahead of the taming of the west. Along the way he shows the ropes to a young tag-a-long played by William Campbell and gets into a mess over barbed wire. Overall this film is a fun, cliché ridden romp to watch.
½ October 17, 2007
Economics and the loss of freedom in the West. Oh, and lots of bright colours and comedy as well (ah, Kirk Douglas.)
July 25, 2007
A great Western drama. This film introduced me to Kirk Douglas, who has become a favorite of mine. He delivers an incredible performance in this film, which also has great directing and beautiful cinematography.
June 10, 2007
Good Movie. Has a great story. William Campbell, my favorite actor, plays a wonderfully done naive kid. Great acting and good story. A Must See!
April 14, 2007
kirk douglas kicking ass in color
½ September 12, 2006
In [i]Man Without a Star[/i] Kirk Douglas as Dempsey Rae gives great performance; an outgoing cowboy, unstable and with fits of euphoria. This film is able to capture beauty of the west, of big herds of cattle, and daily life of the cowboys. Dempsey is running away from barbed wire, which to him means the end of freedom. He calls himself a man without a star because he is obsessed about his freedom of choice, whereas following a star will bind him to predetermined life. His affair with Jeanne Crain, with plenty of sexual innuendo, but far from being explicit, is one of great things about this film. William Campbell has an important part as an easterner who wants to become a cowboy and Kirk Douglas is there to teach him.
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