The Ox-Bow Incident


The Ox-Bow Incident

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This fact-based western stars Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan as drifters who attempt to stop a lynching of three men accused of the murder of a rancher. William Wellman's study of mob mentality is universally acclaimed as one of the classics of the western genre.

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Critic Reviews for The Ox-Bow Incident

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Audience Reviews for The Ox-Bow Incident

  • Jan 30, 2014
    Henry Fonda was yet to be turned into a bad guy twenty some odd years later. Here is is once again our hero in a thrilling tale of crowd mentality and how they can execute the worst of crimes.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2012
    This 1943 Western classic still holds up well with its timeless tale of mob-think. The film's star, Henry Fonda, loved to tell stories about justice. This movie was a pet project of his as the studio didn't want to make such a grim story. He got the movie done and audiences that see it now, about 70 years later, should appreciate the message, even if they find the melodrama too thick.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2011
    Wellman's masterpiece not only restored the genre from criticisms and clichés, but trascended the genre itself. Talk about a memorable moralistic reflection on greed and man-driven vengeance! Perfectly crafted film in its deliciously dark, old-school, studio-location-filmed fashion! Is it me, or did Clint Eastwood get physiognomic inspiration from Fonda? 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2011
    Wonderful (albeit simple) study of the dynamics of group psychology. Some nice performances too. The finale is unfortunately a bit pedantic and dissolves a lot of the power of rest of the film. Some more backstory to the characters would have been nice too.
    George M Super Reviewer

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