Yellow Sky

1948

Yellow Sky (1948)

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William Wellman's westerns always seemed a little claustrophobic, but in Yellow Sky the director's technique works to the film's advantage. Outlaw leader Gregory Peck takes refuge in a frontier ghost town. The only inhabitants are elderly James Barton and his pretty granddaughter Anne Baxter. Barton reveals that there's gold hereabouts, prompting a few of Peck's companions--especially Richard Widmark--to plot the old man's demise and claim the treasure for themselves. For his part, Peck is basically honorable, and offers to split fifty-fifty with Barton. Dissension, hostility and gunplay ensue, finally narrowing down to a standoff between Peck and Widmark. Yellow Sky was based on a novel by W.R. Burnett, who moved from westerns to gangster stories and back again with the greatest of ease. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Yellow Sky

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

For seventy-odd minutes, in this scorcher from Twentieth Century-Fox, the guns blaze, fists fly and passions tangle in the best realistic Western style.

Jul 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Takes some unusual detours that allow it to stand out from the pack.

May 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This superior western is marked by an outstanding performance by Gregory Peck.

Feb 21, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Yellow Sky

unheralded wellman western with gregory peck leading a band of outlaws across death valley to hole up in the ghost town of yellow sky. an excellent variation on the tempest/'forbidden planet' theme with anne baxter as a feisty gunslinger and richard widmark a troublemaking 'dude'. the last 5 minutes kinda sells it out but first rate right up until then

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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½

Excellent Western where Gregory Peck plays an Outlaw with a gang who is chased across the salt flats into what appears to be a ghost town where near dying of thirst they come across the beautiful Anne Baxter who plays the granddaughter of a miner. The gang is going to steal all the old mans gold until Peck goes soft for the young lady. All in All a great western and great acting by Peck, 4 1/2 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

Good cast, ordinary western.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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