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½ May 22, 2016
150522: Very good black and white western. The two-pistol draw near the end is pretty unusual and fun. Not sure I've seen it before.
May 22, 2016
xcellent and creative camera work acting wonderful
September 5, 2013
The Tin Star - a western film directed by Anthony Mann (Destry Rides Again) Starring legendary Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men), and Anthony Perkins (Psycho) in early film. Film received Oscar nomination for Best Writing Story or Screenplay.

Henry Fonda plays Morgan a bounty-hunter who wanders into peculiar town with dead-man wanted by the law for $500 - but it seems he is quite unwelcome in the town, including bank-manager-cum-mayor of the town. Anthony Perkins plays young aspiring Sheriff Ben; who is more than willing to uphold law over lawlessness - he is impressed by actions of Morgan who saves him from dangerous standoff.

The Tin Star was supposedly low-budget film, becoming one of those movies like 'Psycho' to have gained worldwide popularity on the graph over the period of aging. Henry Fonda's use of gun-technique teaching to Perkins, are some of classic methods mentioned in western movies ever (which is a good thing - defines so much about what level of smartness the people of the west carried with gun). It is not stretched with too much of dragging.
July 14, 2013
My further exploration of the filmography of Anthony Mann continues on with this TRULY remarkable film. I can't believe it isn't more popular. A young sheriff gets lessons in gun play and justice from an ex-sheriff-turned-bounty hunter. Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins are wonderful together. Exciting scenes are coupled with tackling themes of proper justice, racism and sexism and they're interwoven beautifully. It's got everything a great Western should have and MORE. I couldn't recommend more highly.
March 23, 2012
Really good old school western. A little over the top in parts, but the mentor/student relationship is what this movie is really about.
½ December 24, 2011
Classic western starring Henry Fonda, as a bounty hunter that befriends a struggling young lawman
November 19, 2011
criticker rating: 89
August 9, 2011
Certainly not one of my favorite Mann westerns. Perhaps Fonda's star power was just to great for the more cynical, ruthless Mann style? I don't know, but it appears very toned down at times, especially Perkins' "ahhh shuks" character. I love Fonda in anything. Mann still adds many grey areas where you'd least expect them. However, Perkins is just out of his element and miscast.
July 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

(1957) The Tin Star

Not to confuse this with the story which "High Noon" was based on which coincidently was called "The Tin Star"- this is a totally different movie starring Henry Fonda as a bounty hunter coming to town and coaxing rookie shooter Anthony Perkins to save his town from rowdy bandits!

Don't remember too much about this film, except to say that that I liked it as an unusual Western since Anthony Perkins can't seem to shake off this "Psycho" persona, this film does have a satisfying conclusion!

3 out of 4
July 3, 2011
Really good old school western. A little over the top in parts, but the mentor/student relationship is what this movie is really about.
June 30, 2011
Disappointingly on-the-nose and predictable western from a director that I expect more from. It's wholly watchable for sure because of Fonda and some nice supporting roles, but the star is never stretched to his best or put to the sword the way Jimmy Stewart was in the best of Mann's work. That usual challenged leading role is sort of jumbled here, as Perkins's hapless deputy is the one with the greater dramatic arc. This is Fonda's movie though and his character never seems in any real danger - as a result, the drama never reaches a suitable fervor.
April 15, 2011
This is more of a 'coming of age' western than anything else. A rookie sheriff (Anthony Perkins) enlists the help of an experienced bounty hunter (Henry Fonda) to teach him the ropes; but refuses to wear a tin star himself. The story itself is good at it does make the viewer think of the lessons that are being taught and there is a lot of wise dialogue from the mentor to the student. Thrown into the story is the local villain (Neville Brand), who believes he should be sheriff and is also a bit of a racist. The ending to the film is quite suspenseful and you're left to wonder how the young sheriff is to deal with such the final situation he finds himself in.

The negative points of the film are to do with the cast. Betsy Palmer's character should not have been in the film for all the use she does. There should have been more of a focus on the characters of Lee Van Cleef and Peter Baldwin who are central to the story.

The acting by the principal actors is excellent and they adapt very well to their roles. Anthony Perkins is well suited to the nervous rookie sheriff who displays the characters lack of confidence extremely well. Henry Fonda has the right stature and manner to be the wise mentor and delivers some of the best dialogue in the film. Neville Brand who stands out is Neville Brand who is very convincing as the villain. Brand, possibly deliberately, is the complete opposite of Anthony Perkins in the way of stature and build and has more of loud confidence about his character.

Overall quite a good western with some very good dialogue and a very good storyline. More focus should have been made on certain characters and less on others but the main cast is well suited to their roles.
½ January 19, 2011
A young and inexperienced sheriff has his hands full trying to upkeed the law in a small town when in rides a bounty hunter stirring up the surface deep unrest in the town.

The Tin Star takes up a familiar concept of student (A.Perkins) and teacher (H.Fonda) teaming up against a greater threat. The actor choices are terriffic, Fonda as the experienced and older of the two radiates confidence as A.Perkins as the student stumbles forward learning the ropes of being a sherriff through trial and error.

The Tin Star is confortable coming of age Western. It does not break any new ground so to speak, but it feels and is allaround professionally done and lacking big flaws and thus a highly enjoyable Western.
½ January 3, 2011
Shades of MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (although this movie came first), as bounty hunter Fonda teaches inexperienced sheriff Perkins a thing or two about what it takes to be a lawman. The romantic subplots aren't especially interesting (unlike the later LIBERTY VALANCE, there's no love triangle to up the ante), but Fonda and Perkins play off each other surprisingly well. I love a good psychological Western, and Anthony Mann did some of the best. I wouldn't say this is my favorite of his work, or of the genre, but based on the strength of the two leads it's worth a look.
½ August 1, 2010
solid western...this is a great movie...
after a long time watched a wild western...
enjoyed every part of it.....
henry fonda was great....
½ July 9, 2010
Good old western with Anthony Perkins as a newly appointed but unsecure sheriff. Henry Fonda plays an ex sheriff turned bountyhunter with a troubled past. the pair becomed friends and Fonda`s character shows Perkins the ropes of how to be a proper sheriff. better than i thought it would be, and memorable.
June 29, 2010
A classic contemplation of law and honor in the Old West. Fonda and Perkins have great chemistry as the grizzled old bounty hunter and the naive, idealistic sheriff. Perhaps it's a result of the era, but the drama does at times feel a bit toothless. The film is a bit too good-natured to fully explore the struggle of being honorable in a land that rewards evil.
½ October 15, 2009
Grown into a CLASSIC!!
September 4, 2009
Henry Fonda gives a strong lead performance in this entertaining (if not terribly groundbreaking) Western.
Super Reviewer
July 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.
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