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The Bravados (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 1958 (Norway)
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A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail, but they escape to Mexico.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Frank O'Rourke (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Jim Douglass
Joan Collins ... Josefa Velarde
Stephen Boyd ... Bill Zachary
Albert Salmi ... Ed Taylor
Henry Silva ... Leandro Lujan
Kathleen Gallant Kathleen Gallant ... Emma Steinmetz
Barry Coe ... Tom
George Voskovec ... Gus Steinmetz
Herbert Rudley ... Sheriff Eloy Sanchez
Lee Van Cleef ... Alfonso Parral
Andrew Duggan ... Padre
Ken Scott ... Primo - Deputy Sheriff
Gene Evans ... John Butler
Ninos Cantores de Morelia Choral Group Ninos Cantores de Morelia Choral Group ... Themselves (as The Niños Cantores De Morelia Choral Group)
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Storyline

Jim Douglass (Gregory Peck) has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife, but finds them in jail about to be hanged. While he waits to witness their execution, they escape; and the townspeople enlist Douglas' aid to recapture them. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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For what they had done to the woman he loved ...he killed the bravados one by one!! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1958 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Bravados See more »

Filming Locations:

Yucatán, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck stated that the movie was written as an attack on McCarthyism, which he strongly opposed. See more »

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Besides the vast size of the little town's church, they have a prepubescent boys choir of 50, in matching white robes, who themselves could amount to almost half the town's population. See more »

Quotes

Jim Douglass: You're wasting a lot of good lumber. A tree does just as well.
Sheriff Sanchez: They were sentenced to be hanged - not lynched!
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Losing A Moral Compass
26 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

John Wayne's Ethan Edwards, Jimmy Stewart's Howard Kemp, or any number of roles Kirk Douglas has played have nothing of the intensity of Gregory Peck's Jim Douglas in The Bravados.

Peck is perfect casting for the part because he's playing against type. If Atticus Finch's wife had been a homicide victim, I think this is how we would see him. Totally lose a moral compass and become a relentless stalker. It's what makes The Bravados work, because we identify Gregory Peck with an innate decency.

Peck's house was robbed and his wife raped and murdered by intruders. Peck has a line on them, they're four killers who've been caught and scheduled to hang for a bank robbery in a town several miles away where a bank teller has been killed.

But they escape with the help of the hangman, Joe DeReda soon to become a stooge. These are a quartet of the nastiest villains ever, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi, Lee Van Cleef, and Henry Silva all of whom have played villains with relish on the big screen. One of them, Boyd, in fact is a rapist, they take young Kathleen Gallant the daughter of the town's dry goods merchant along as a hostage.

Charles Bronson never executed bad guys with as much relish as Peck did. They are convicted murderers who've escaped, there's no law to answer to.

Peck may be doing some public service homicides, but there's a higher law he must answer to for the preservation of his own soul. In fact the ending brings quite a twist to the tale.

The Bravados is one of six films directed by long time 20th Century Fox director Henry King who is most known for doing nine films there with Tyrone Power. In fact the first couple that Peck did were probably properties that were meant for Power, but Darryl Zanuck switched them for his new up and coming leading man.

This one however is all Gregory Peck's film, I'm not sure Power could have done a better job. Peck gets some able support from the villainous quartet and from Joan Collins as an old flame he finds that has settled in the town the four have savaged.

Special mention should go to Andrew Duggan as the priest in the town where apparently everyone is Catholic. Duggan does a good job as the padre who gives just the right spiritual advice and counsel to a troubled soul.

Themes like rape were not exactly subject matter for westerns before the Fifties. The Bravadoes succeeds both as Saturday matinée shooting and as serious adult drama. It shouldn't be missed when broadcast.


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