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Pursued (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 1947 (Germany)
Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed.

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Jake Dingle
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Adam Callum
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Prentice
Clifton Young ...
The Sergeant
Ernest Severn ...
Charles Bates ...
Adam, age 11
Peggy Miller ...
Norman Jolley ...
A Callum
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Elmer Ellingwood ...
A Callum
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After his family is murdered in the 1880s, orphan Jeb Rand is raised by the Callum family on their nearby horse ranch. He remains haunted by this childhood trauma in a recurring nightmare of flashing spurs and confinement inside a trap door as his family is slaughtered. Widow Callum does her best to make Jeb feel loved as he is growing up, but the young man stubbornly maintains a sense of his own identity. While he has great affection for his foster-sister Thor, his relationship with her brother Adam is tenuous at best, especially when Jeb blames him for shooting a colt that he was riding. Although Mrs. Callum blames the incident on deer hunters, she is aware that the it was actually the attempted murder of the youngster by her brother-in-law Grant, a shadowy figure who, for vague reasons, is determined to harm Jeb. Jeb loses a coin flip with Adam, and becomes the designated family volunteer to fight in the Spanish-American War. Jeb returns a hero, but does not find happiness. ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Robert Mitchum fights for the love of three people who want to see him dead...his family.


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La vallée de la peur  »

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£610,000 (estimated)
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Film was screened on May 31, 2013 at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, especially to showcase the acting of star Robert Mitchum and the way director Raoul Walsh displayed the influence of Orson Welles with the movie's "crushing angles and looming close-ups." Made after WWII, the movie dramatizes a veteran's return home--after the Spanish-American War--almost 50 years earlier. See more »

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When Jeb escapes from his homestead in the dead of night, and is pursued by the Callums in a horse race, the scene suddenly shifts from night to day as Jeb attempts to shake off those chasing him. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Callum: [to Jeb] A person's gotta find his own answers. We're alone... each of us. Each in a different way.
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Referenced in Alma Corsária (1993) See more »

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Wedding March
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Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Incorporated in score during Thor's marriage to Jeb. in Steiner
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dark, dark west
19 April 2002 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

0ne of the strangest western ever, one of the very best too.

The story of a man deprived of his past, doomed with a feeling that he does not belong here. Mitchum gives one of his best performance and the other actors are also excellent. Walsh direction is as ever powerful and gives to the movie a sense of shakespearian tragedy. One of the peculiarity of this movie is the importance and complexity of women's characters: it is they that take the meaningful decision, it is they that know better than the men whether they are too stupid (Jeb Rand's brother), too sore (Mac Callum) or too foreign to their own destiny (Jeb rand).

In a word, don't miss it!


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