Ride Lonesome (1959)




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With a keen script and well-wrought performances, this western tells the tale of a bounty hunter who finally finds a chance to get revenge against the man who murdered his wife when he learns that his latest captive is the killer's brother.
Classics , Western
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Columbia Pictures

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James Best
as Billy John
Roy Jenson
as Outlaw
Randolph Scott
as Ben Brigade
Pernell Roberts
as Sam Boone
Karen Steele
as Mrs. Carrie Lane
Dyke Johnson
as Charlie
Boyd Stockman
as Indian Chief
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Critic Reviews for Ride Lonesome

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Beautifully scripted by Burt Kennedy, with excellent performances all round as the characters evolve through subtly shifting loyalties and ambitions, it's a small masterpiece.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There is hardly any pretense of action or suspense as the characters move, almost aimlessly, through an open landscape, testing each other's strengths and weaknesses through conversations that become psychological chess games.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Richly styled Western with some of the most sympathetic characters in Budd Boetticher.

Full Review… | August 10, 2011
Classic Film and Television

Perhaps the best in the "Ranown" series, alongside Seven Men from Now, Ride Lonesome one never once strikes a wrong note.

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

A model of the genre.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006

Perhaps the best made B Western ever.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Ride Lonesome

The quintessential western. Perfect cast, great country, good guys verses bad guys and Indians. Given the time and place and potential they did the best they can. And it was very good even the somewhat lame romantic competition.

Vic Vargaz
Vic Vargaz

randolph scott, pernell roberts, lee van cleef and james coburn. not my favorite in the ranown cycle but still damn good stuff

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


"Ride Lonesome" is an entertaining western with a good cast about a group of characters trying to escape their past. It starts with bounty hunter Ben Brigade(Randolph Scott) capturing murderer Billy John(James Best), intent on bringing him to justice in Santa Cruz. But first he has to get around his brother's gang. At a way station, they encounter two outlaws, Boone(Pernell Roberts) and Whit(James Coburn), who are helping Carrie(Karen Steele) mind the store since her husband went missing. Despite the men thinking otherwise, she can take care of herself. On the other hand, the situation gets even more dangerous when the stagecoach shows up with everybody killed by Mescalero Indians. That might interfere with Boone and Whit taking Billy back to Santa Cruz themselves in exchange for an amnesty which Brigade might have a slight problem with.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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