The Tin Star

1957, Western, 1h 33m

6 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Morgan Hickman (Henry Fonda) is a tough gunslinger with a knack for keeping his cool in tense situations. When he wanders into a town where the local lawman has been killed, he finds callow but eager Ben Owens (Anthony Perkins) temporarily acting as sheriff. Soon Ben, who wants to keep his new position, is looking to Morgan for guidance. Though the bounty hunter has his own issues with law enforcement, he admires Ben's enthusiasm and decides to train him to be an effective sheriff.

Cast & Crew

Henry Fonda
Morgan "Morg" Hickman
Anthony Perkins
Sheriff Ben Owens
Betsy Palmer
Nona Mayfield
Neville Brand
Bart Bogardus
Lee Van Cleef
Ed McGaffey
John McIntire
Dr. Joseph Jefferson "Doc" McCord
Michel Ray
Kip Mayfield
Mary Webster
Millie Parker
Peter Baldwin
Zeke McGaffey
Richard Shannon
Buck Henderson
Dudley Nichols
Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Loyal Griggs
Cinematographer
Alma Macrorie
Film Editor
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Decoration
Frank R. McKelvy
Set Decoration
Edith Head
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Tin Star

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Audience Reviews for The Tin Star

  • Jul 14, 2009
    Great western with another amazing performance from Henry Fonda. I am also getting to understand that Anthony Perkins was more than just the Norman Bates guy. He is solid in this film. Overall, love the way the film was made and enjoyed the pacing a lot. Simple, well crafted western.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2008
    Great offbeat western.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2008
    Great flix. Fonda as a Bounty Hunter and Perkins as a tenderfoot sheriff, and Fonda teaches Perkins how to be a smart,tough, and expirenced sheriff/gunfighter. I am really surprised this hasn't been remade.
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2008
    Fonda and Perkins work off of one another surprisingly well. Fonda is clearly the more comfortable western actor, but it actually works that Perkins seems out of genre since he is the one who must learn to fit the role of a wild west sheriff. <p>The dialogue, if it can actually be called that, is hardly engaged conversation. It's more like people throwing lines at each other like bullets. <p>Not a bad movie. My guess is that the next bad guy to come to town after Fonda's exit kills Perkins.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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