In recent years, it seems to have been making a comeback of sorts. Double and triple crosses aplenty as mercenaries Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper team up in revolutionary Mexico to steal a cache of gold. Pretty much dismissed on its release, Vera Cruz can now be viewed as an exhilarating precursor to the spaghetti Westerns of the sixties. The great screen villain Dan Duryea almost steals the film as the sneering, sadistic Waco Johnnie Dean. Brando fell out with original director Stanley Kubrick, leaving the star to helm the only film he directed, a take on the Billy the Kid legend. Great fun all round. Social commentary in a Western setting, given added poignancy and resonance by the knowledge that Fonda had witnessed a lynching as a youth. An Oscar-laden buddy movie trading on the wonderful chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
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“3:10 to Yuma” (2007)
It would be impossible to come up with a unanimous No. John Ford may have written the language of the movie Western in Stagecoach , but with The Searchers he demonstrated a mastery of visual storytelling to craft a film that is the cinematic equivalent of the Mona Lisa. Unheralded in its time, The Searchers has become an icon for those who take their movies seriously. If that makes watching The Searchers sound as exciting as attending a classroom lecture, nothing could be further from the truth. The embittered, bigoted Edwards undertakes an inner search for grace that mirrors his journey through Monument Valley.
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