Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense. Written by
One building in Contention is called "Shieffelin's Dance Hall". Ed Schieffelin was a prospector who founded the town of Tombstone, which is a neighboring city of where Contention once stood. See more »
When Wade, Dan, and the group are escaping through the tunnels after Doc hits the man with the shovel, Doc gets shot in the back but there is no bullet hole in his jacket. You can see the blood from the front when he dies. See more »
[upon hearing Dan cock his rifle]
Dan... Maybe it's the wind.
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Russell Crowe's name is not used in the end credits when crediting his assistant, driver, stand-in, dialect coach, costumer, hair stylist and makeup artist; instead, his character's name, Ben Wade, is used. See more »
Nice to finally see a decent modern western bring its way to the screen. Much in the style of westerns of old, lots of action, but it doesn't move too quickly where all your seeing is shootouts and blood. The storyline is deep and powerful, all the characters are interesting and make sense, and just an overall enjoyable film.
James Mangold puts himself on the board with this film, hopefully he continues to pump out future classics such as 3:10 to Yuma.
Go out and watch this in theaters, and then buy it on DVD when it comes out. A movie well worth watching.
8.5 from me, which fortunately for 3:10 to Yuma, rounds up to a 9.
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