Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2004 and 14 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After her father is murdered, a young girl enlists the help of a tough Federal Marshall in capturing and killing the man responsible.
My Take on it – This is a film that is clearly among John Wayne’s best and it was the only one that garnered him an Oscar for Best Actor in all his years in films.
Many people debate whether he really deserved this award for this particular role, or perhaps he got it as more of a lifetime award.
Regardless, he does a wonderful job in the role of the gritty Marshall who will do all he can to bring his prey in for justice.
This films deals with some great themes including Revenge, repentance and of course the quest for true justice no matter what the real cost will be for that to happen and they all come across so well here.
They do a great job showing the growing relationship between Wayne’s character and the seemingly innocent young girl played by Kim Darby.
Both of these characters evolve so much over the course of the film and it’s very interesting watching it all play out.
Bottom Line – Great story told so well. Wayne is amazing as the lead character despite not really deserving the Oscar for Lead actor for this role. The themes dealing with revenge, repentance and of course the quest for true justice no matter the cost rings so true here. Liked the relationship between Wayne’s gritty Marshall and Darby’s seemingly innocent young girl especially because of the way it evolves over the course of the film. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite its commercial success, John Wayne was not pleased with the finished film. He greatly disliked Kim Darby’s performance, and while promoting the film for its U.S. release in June 1969, he told interviewers that he had starred in much better films, citing Stagecoach (1939) as an example. At the Oscar ceremony on April 9, 1970 Wayne personally told Richard Burton that he felt he should have won the Oscar instead, for his portrayal of King Henry VIII in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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