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A cattle baron has as son Lee Strobie (Robert Walker) and an adopted son Owen Daybright (Burt Lancaster). Lee who is married fathers his mistress's child, and the blame falls on Owen to save grace because Lee is married. Lee and Owen lead a cattle drive when Owen learns that Lee has double-crossed all of his family members. The final showdown is rather uneventful, which is surprising since it stars Burt Lancaster. Lancaster was solid, but not powerful as usual. When you have Burt Lancaster and Robert Walker in it I just expected more. The name Vengeance Valley is rather confusing because there wasn't any revenge, but instead it is about hostile sibling relations that eventually boil over. It is worth a watch but overall disappointing.
Burt Lancaster is let-down somewhat by a b-movie cast, and it shows at times. The story is pretty average too.
Montana is cattle country; therefore, you will see thousands of cattle. Wow! Lancaster is new to horseback riding in this movie, but by the time he makes Vera Cruz he is an expert.
Not necessarily a lancaster fan or a western fan, but this was on amc Thanksgiving morning and I was hooked. Felt like i was a fly on the hitching post, privy to cowboy decency & justice.
So-so western from a Luke Short novel about cowpoke Burt Lancaster and his no-good step-brother, Robert Walker. Burt gives an adequate performance but Robert Walker as his weaselly step-sibling steals the show and makes the film watchable. Nothing brilliant, but the cast make it worth watching for western fans.
Vengeance Valley has a classical western feel to it supplied by it's costume & setting, dramatic themes, stereotypical action and ideal acting.
It features a good performance from Burt Lancaster in his first western role, proving that he's a good actor for the genre. Vengeance Valley also had some good shootout sequences.
It also ended on a good dramatic note and had the ideal soundtrack to set the atmosphere.
However, it's nothing special to the genre.
It features a plotline thats too simple to even bother following and is paced incredibly slowly.
It doesen't feature much creativity and is rather simplistic, and the fight sequences feature qualities that may have been decent back in 1951, but are laughable by today's standards.
It also failed to supply a sufficient amount of continuous action scenes which are stereotypical in the genre and is fairly disapponting due to that. No doubt Vengeance Valley was low budget.
So in the end, Vengeance Valley presents nothing special to the western genre, but it gives a kickstart to Burt Lancaster who is clearly good for the role.
Vengeance Valley is an excellent film. It is about a cattle baron who takes in an orphaned boy and raises him, causing his own son to resent the boy. Burt Lancaster and Robert Walker give exceptional performances. The screenplay is well written. Richard Thorpe did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because I like westerns. Vengeance Valley is a must see.
western with the ole cain & abel plot
two brothers become rivals cain & abel style
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
(1951) Vengeance Valley
Needs major edits for the story sometimes drags about an self-absorbed conceited actual son (Robert Walker) and an adopted son (Burt Lancaster) bickering and arguing over girls and land ownership! That although the film has a good ending, it took way too long to get there with it's meandering! The use of a "Fast- Forward" button is much needed for this film!
2 out of 4