Ride the Pink Horse Reviews

  • Oct 14, 2018

    Haunting, cult-ish movie that is difficult to forget. From the anti-hero Gagin, who is tough but naive, who is loyal but not particularly honest, the story blazes a unique film-noir trail. Tough dialogue and deep characterizations combined with a thick atmosphere make this a top notch film.

    Haunting, cult-ish movie that is difficult to forget. From the anti-hero Gagin, who is tough but naive, who is loyal but not particularly honest, the story blazes a unique film-noir trail. Tough dialogue and deep characterizations combined with a thick atmosphere make this a top notch film.

  • Sep 23, 2018

    It seemed like a low budget TV movie, but the characters and development took on something greater. A unique noir.

    It seemed like a low budget TV movie, but the characters and development took on something greater. A unique noir.

  • May 26, 2017

    Robert Montgomery (who also directed) stars as an embittered, abrasive veteran who travels down to a fiesta in a New Mexico border town in the hopes of blackmailing a war profiteer who murdered his friend. As expected, he runs into more than he bargained for. Ride The Pink Horse runs through a lot of the typical tropes of film noir, but it distinguishes itself thanks to sharp dialogue, relatable acting, and camerawork that knows all about visual storytelling (cinematographer Russell Metty tries out a few tricks that he later used on Orson Welles' Touch of Evil). It would probably be an overstatement to call Ride The Pink Horse a forgotten masterpiece, but I feel that it's fair to label it an underappreciated gem that's worth seeking out.

    Robert Montgomery (who also directed) stars as an embittered, abrasive veteran who travels down to a fiesta in a New Mexico border town in the hopes of blackmailing a war profiteer who murdered his friend. As expected, he runs into more than he bargained for. Ride The Pink Horse runs through a lot of the typical tropes of film noir, but it distinguishes itself thanks to sharp dialogue, relatable acting, and camerawork that knows all about visual storytelling (cinematographer Russell Metty tries out a few tricks that he later used on Orson Welles' Touch of Evil). It would probably be an overstatement to call Ride The Pink Horse a forgotten masterpiece, but I feel that it's fair to label it an underappreciated gem that's worth seeking out.

  • Jul 27, 2016

    A different sort of a main character for a different sort of a movie. And, it's quite bold for the 40's. Film-noir fans should especially check this out.

    A different sort of a main character for a different sort of a movie. And, it's quite bold for the 40's. Film-noir fans should especially check this out.

  • Jan 31, 2016

    Robert Montgomery both directs and stars in this excellent film-noir from 1947, which only recently became available on DVD/Blu-ray for the first time. Filled with a tremendous amount of atmosphere, and strong supporting performances, it will certainly delight fans of the audience. Also notable is that Thomas Gomez became the first Hispanic actor nominated for an Oscar with his Supporting Actor nomination. Check it out!

    Robert Montgomery both directs and stars in this excellent film-noir from 1947, which only recently became available on DVD/Blu-ray for the first time. Filled with a tremendous amount of atmosphere, and strong supporting performances, it will certainly delight fans of the audience. Also notable is that Thomas Gomez became the first Hispanic actor nominated for an Oscar with his Supporting Actor nomination. Check it out!

  • Jun 16, 2013

    Mystery abounds in this stylish noir!

    Mystery abounds in this stylish noir!

  • Mar 11, 2013

    Enigmatic Film Noir is rich viewing experience--Mysteriously Charming!!

    Enigmatic Film Noir is rich viewing experience--Mysteriously Charming!!

  • Nov 05, 2011

    Gagin: "I'm nobody's friend. The man with no place."

    Gagin: "I'm nobody's friend. The man with no place."

  • Sep 06, 2011

    An really odd but somewhat satisfying noir. Even the love story is atypical Wanda Hendrix and Robert Montgomery seem like a mis-match at first but it turns out to be a sweet pairing. Wanda gives a good performance but her character could have been more intriguing. Montgomery has done a goid job directing this film. Its stylish and fun. Lots of great one liners. His performance is good too. His character has an aura of mystery. You don't know much about him. I was reminded of Leone's 'man with no name' western series. A mysterious man comes into a small town to make it big or settle a score. I liked that the film was fairly unpredictable. The situations were familiar but the way the scenes were executed was not. Overall, a decent piece of noir. I dunno how it ranks among the more famous noirs - perhaps falls a bit short but still if you are looking for a hidden little nugget - heres one to watch.

    An really odd but somewhat satisfying noir. Even the love story is atypical Wanda Hendrix and Robert Montgomery seem like a mis-match at first but it turns out to be a sweet pairing. Wanda gives a good performance but her character could have been more intriguing. Montgomery has done a goid job directing this film. Its stylish and fun. Lots of great one liners. His performance is good too. His character has an aura of mystery. You don't know much about him. I was reminded of Leone's 'man with no name' western series. A mysterious man comes into a small town to make it big or settle a score. I liked that the film was fairly unpredictable. The situations were familiar but the way the scenes were executed was not. Overall, a decent piece of noir. I dunno how it ranks among the more famous noirs - perhaps falls a bit short but still if you are looking for a hidden little nugget - heres one to watch.

  • Aug 03, 2011

    Set in a New Mexican nowhereland, Robert Montgomery's weird noir casts himself in the lead as an alienated GI hunting down a war profiteer (with strange hearing aid) who killed his friend. He is assisted by Thomas Gomez as Pancho, Wanda Hendrix as Pila, and Art Smith as Retz, who take a liking to him for no apparent reason, because he is not a nice guy (and does not have nice motives). Perhaps you could say he is rehabilitated through his stay in the small town and his contact with these kind souls and this reaffirmation of community is what is needed for the post-war period when people felt jaded and burnt.

    Set in a New Mexican nowhereland, Robert Montgomery's weird noir casts himself in the lead as an alienated GI hunting down a war profiteer (with strange hearing aid) who killed his friend. He is assisted by Thomas Gomez as Pancho, Wanda Hendrix as Pila, and Art Smith as Retz, who take a liking to him for no apparent reason, because he is not a nice guy (and does not have nice motives). Perhaps you could say he is rehabilitated through his stay in the small town and his contact with these kind souls and this reaffirmation of community is what is needed for the post-war period when people felt jaded and burnt.