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September 5, 2009
Newman was great...the movie was NOT
½ August 31, 2009
Beautiful remake of Rashamon....See it
February 25, 2009
A pretty darn good, if unnecessary, western remake of RASHOMON.
½ August 24, 2008
This movie is an outrage because it is the cheap American remake of a fine film. Seeing it on its own make it an odd little movie. Seeing it in contrast with Rashomon makes it seem like the high school production of a Shakespearean play. The acting is mediocre in comparison, and the backdrops are so bad I almost feared the actors might back up too much and fall into them. In trying to recast the story for an American audience, the omissions and changes resulted in the loss of all the power and integrity behind Rashomon.
½ April 8, 2008
I disliked this film.
April 2, 2008
It's a Western remake of Kurosawa's "Rashomon" (it might even be a nearly shot-by-shot remake), with several different versions of a rape and murder told by a Mexican bandit, a former Confederate soldier, and his wife. And against all odds, the movie works, for many of the same reasons that "Rashomon" works. In fact, it might follow "Rashomon" a bit too closely, as you spend a lot of time picking out the similarities and differences between the two, and find it hard to consider the movie as anything but a remake. But the transition to the Western genre works, and although Newman seems to mimic Toshiro Mifune a bit too much, on the whole he and the rest of the cast do a good job. It doesn't surpass the genius of "Rashomon" (nothing could), but I think anyone who hasn't seen Kurosawa's movie would still find this enjoyable.
Super Reviewer
April 2, 2008
A direct remake of "Rashomon", but set in the old west rather than Japan. Paul Newman stars in the role that Toshiro Mifune played in the original -- that of a bandit (Mexican rather than Japanese) who rapes a woman and murders her husband....or did he? Pretty good if you've never had the chance to see Rashomon, or are put off by subtitles. Along with Newman, other cast members include Lawrence Harvey, Claire Bloom and Edward G. Robinson. William Shatner even makes a decent, although overly dramatic (as usual) appearance as the preacher. Interesting to see if you know Rashomon well. Many scenes are plucked directly from the original, with even the dialogue pretty much intact. Probably unnecessary, but not irritating like the Psycho remake. One flaw -- Paul Newman as a Mexican?!?! He did a good job, but those blue eyes don't quite fit the part.
½ November 26, 2007
A faithful adaptation of Kurosawa's Rashomon, and only a little inferior to it. Paul Newman is absolutely wonderful in the leading role. Not your typical western - very thought provoking.
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