The Last Challenge Reviews

  • Nov 15, 2016

    Obviously, inspired by movies starting with "The Gunfighter" and "The Fastest Man Alive" in which a respectful gunfighter seeking out best gunfighter. Abrubt ending.

    Obviously, inspired by movies starting with "The Gunfighter" and "The Fastest Man Alive" in which a respectful gunfighter seeking out best gunfighter. Abrubt ending.

  • Jul 26, 2016

    Solid if unspectacular western. Glenn Ford plays an aging gunfighter/ex-con who now lives a quiet life as a small town sheriff and as the boyfriend to local bar owner Angie Dickinson. This reformed life is upset when a young gunfighter looking to make a name for himself, Chad Everett, comes to town and wants to know who's the fastest gun in the west. It's a routine and archetypal story that's often been told, both well ("The Gunfighter" or "Unforgiven") and also not so well ("More Dead than Alive" or "Quick and the Dead") and this film falls somewhere in between. The strong cast, which also includes Jack Elam, Royal Dano, and Len "Uncle Leo" Lesser, carries the film a long way and the story is certainly serviceable, but the film plods and takes forever to get to it's ultimate face-off between Ford and Everett, with lots of unconnected or inconsequential plot points in-between.It's not a bad film and I actually did enjoy it, but given the cast and story set-up, this could have been a great film along the lines of "Ride the High Country," so in many ways it a pretty disappointing film. On a lesser note, the music for this film drove me crazy, seeming like cheesy music from 1960s television, though when I looked up the composer, most of his filmography was TV shows of the 60s and 70s.

    Solid if unspectacular western. Glenn Ford plays an aging gunfighter/ex-con who now lives a quiet life as a small town sheriff and as the boyfriend to local bar owner Angie Dickinson. This reformed life is upset when a young gunfighter looking to make a name for himself, Chad Everett, comes to town and wants to know who's the fastest gun in the west. It's a routine and archetypal story that's often been told, both well ("The Gunfighter" or "Unforgiven") and also not so well ("More Dead than Alive" or "Quick and the Dead") and this film falls somewhere in between. The strong cast, which also includes Jack Elam, Royal Dano, and Len "Uncle Leo" Lesser, carries the film a long way and the story is certainly serviceable, but the film plods and takes forever to get to it's ultimate face-off between Ford and Everett, with lots of unconnected or inconsequential plot points in-between.It's not a bad film and I actually did enjoy it, but given the cast and story set-up, this could have been a great film along the lines of "Ride the High Country," so in many ways it a pretty disappointing film. On a lesser note, the music for this film drove me crazy, seeming like cheesy music from 1960s television, though when I looked up the composer, most of his filmography was TV shows of the 60s and 70s.

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Feb 04, 2014

    Strictly by the numbers western without one bit of innovation. The actors seem bored.

    Strictly by the numbers western without one bit of innovation. The actors seem bored.

  • Jun 08, 2013

    meh. i have watched a lot of westerns lately and most of the best seem to feature audie murphy and randolph scott. i don't know if this one is considered an adult western but it is dull.

    meh. i have watched a lot of westerns lately and most of the best seem to feature audie murphy and randolph scott. i don't know if this one is considered an adult western but it is dull.

  • Nov 08, 2011

    Weak western plot, but the fact it seems to be retrospective on the classic Hollywood genre at a time were more complex stories are in demand makes this watchable.

    Weak western plot, but the fact it seems to be retrospective on the classic Hollywood genre at a time were more complex stories are in demand makes this watchable.

  • Jul 03, 2011

    Really depressing western. There's no happy ending in this one.

    Really depressing western. There's no happy ending in this one.

  • Jun 07, 2009

    Really depressing western. There's no happy ending in this one.

    Really depressing western. There's no happy ending in this one.

  • Jan 19, 2009

    I knew what was gonna happen but the acting was good.

    I knew what was gonna happen but the acting was good.

  • Sep 30, 2008

    Glen Ford, a gunslinger turned lawman, fights his conscience when XChad Everett, another gunslinger, comes to town looking for him. Same old story, same old result, saved by some good acting from the two stars.

    Glen Ford, a gunslinger turned lawman, fights his conscience when XChad Everett, another gunslinger, comes to town looking for him. Same old story, same old result, saved by some good acting from the two stars.