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Fun, often exciting Wayne western with great cast.
Undemanding psychological Western.
Henry Hathaway's 1965 enjoyable Western was extremely popular at the box office--it was John Wayne's first movie after his bout with cancer.
Those who favour the big-hearted Americana and rolling landscapes of non-revisionist westerns could do far worse than this movie.
40 years before John SIngleton loosely adapted it to a modern urban setting, Henry Hathaway delivered a story about 4 estranged brothers who reunite after a long period of absence to attend the funeral of their beloved mother.
While in town, they learn of shady business considering their late mother's ranch, as well as the murder of their father a few years prior. Unwilling to live and let live, the four set out to make things right, the only way they know how: forcefully.
Even though I did find things to like about this movie, in the end, I feel like it's really not all that special, and basically just a routine John Wayne movie. There's nothing really wrong with that, but he did so many films like this that it basically just ends up as something rather unremarkable.
It's a bit shaky and uneven, a tad overlong, and even a touch boring at times, and, Elmer Bernstein's score sounds too similar to his work for The Magnificent Seven for my liking, but, John Wayne and Dean Martin do serviceable work as the two oldest Elder brothers, and they have good chemistry with one another, so that helps. A young Dennis Hopper also appears, which is cool, too.
The film is decently well shot, and does have it's occasional rousing moments, but in the end, I personally prefer John Singleton's Four Brothers. It's glossier, more entertaining, and more compelling.
Dean Martin as The Duke's brother?!? Admit it ... it's not the first casting choice anyone would make, but Dino finds his way in this tale of 4 wayward brothers who come home to try to make things right by Ma even if it kills them. Stay with it because it builds momentum after a slow start.
The Sons of Katie Elder starts off strong, but as it nears the end of the first hour, the plot begins to meander away from its strongpoints. John Wayne, Dean Martin, Michael Anderson Jr. and Earl Holliman are four brothers returning to town for their mother's funeral. John, the eldest, is a gun-slinger who's greeted rather coldly by the town's sheriff. Actually, all four of the brothers are greeted cooly by the entire town, as their mother was one of the town's most beloved citizens and it's obvious her sons weren't there to take care of her in her time of need. The boys do some investigation and find out their mother was in hard financial straits: their father lost the family ranch in a card game and then died, leaving their mother up the proverbial creek. As the boys do some more investigation, they find more to the story than originally suggested (this angle is similar to that of "Bad Day at Black Rock"). Rather than fully solve the mystery of their parents demise, the boys decide that a fitting memorial to their mother would be to put the youngest brother through college (whether he wants to or not). From here, the plot goes downhill as convenient plot devices lead to coincidences that favor the bad guys every time. It's not a horrible film though, just disappointing.
One of John Wayne's better westerns. Four wayward brothers have to deal with their mother's death and the fact that someone has stolen their family homestead. On top of that the brothers have to figure out how to work together to clear their name, and perhaps to live up to their mom's wish that they amount to something.
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