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Man of the West (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 1 November 1958 (Japan)
A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Will C. Brown (novel), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Link Jones
Julie London ... Billie Ellis
Lee J. Cobb ... Dock Tobin
Arthur O'Connell ... Sam Beasley
Jack Lord ... Coaley
John Dehner ... Claude
Royal Dano ... Trout
Robert J. Wilke ... Ponch (as Robert Wilke)
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Storyline

On his way to hire a schoolteacher, a homesteader is left a hundred miles from anywhere when the train he is on is robbed. With him are an attractive dancehall girl and an untrustworthy gambler and he decides to get shelter nearby from outlaw relatives he used to run with. They don't trust him and he loathes them but they decide he can help them with one last bank job. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

IN THE ROLE THAT FITS HIM LIKE A GUN FITS A HOLSTER! GARY COOPER as the MAN OF THE WEST (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann aus dem Westen See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Mirisch, the producer, told in his biography that during the shooting, he and Gary Cooper were invited to dinner by Joel McCrea at his ranch, which was not far from the shooting set. McCrea told Cooper that he - McCrea - accepted in his early career some roles which Cooper refused. Cooper denied this affirmation but none argued any further. Mirisch tells that this dinner was a very agreeable moment. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Beasley, Billie Ellis, and Link Jones are left behind by the train after the robbery attempt, they stand on the railroad tracks debating what to do next. As they do so, the shadow of the boom mic is visible above their own shadows on the ground behind them. See more »

Quotes

Billie Ellis: Link, I never met a man like you before. Men I meet, all think they have a right to put their hands on me, like it comes with the introduction. All those lonely ones, looking for some kind of special thrill. I know what they are going to say before they say it. Funny part is, inside me, I'm just as lonely as they are.
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Alternate Versions

To receive an 'A' certificate for UK cinema cuts were made to edit some scenes of violence. These included the fight between Link and Coaley, the scene where Billie is forced to strip at gunpoint, and shots of Trout staggering and screaming after being shot by Link. DVD releases are 12 rated and fully uncut. See more »

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Man of the West
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A Tense and Dramatic Classic Western
16 August 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Link Jones (Gary Cooper) is a former outlaw, coming from the west to hire a schoolteacher to his small town with the savings of the locals. A gang robs the train where Link is traveling, including his luggage with the money, the train successfully escapes from them, but the singer Billie Ellis (Julie London), Sam Beasley (Arthur O´Connell) and him are accidentally left behind, in an isolated place many miles far from any city. The next train will pass by the region only a week later, and they look for a shelter for the cold night. They find an abandoned ranch where Link used to live. However, the gang who stole the train is lodged there, and further, Link was a member of this gang. He introduces Billie as his wife, and says that he decided to return to the group. A tense, dramatic and violent relationship develops between Link and the group, with tragic consequences. This western is very different from the others, without action, but having dramatic psychological drama instead, including a claustrophobic situation in the house. Gary Cooper plays a protective good man who wants to forget his past; Julie London's role is a lonely woman, who does not love any man or anything, but who falls in love with Link; and the performances of the `bad guys' are fantastic. This movie is really a classic western. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `O Homem do Oeste' (`The Man of the West)


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