Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Two American oil rig workers living in South America take on a dangerous job of transporting explosives in order to earn some money and get back home.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before watching it and was intrigued by the overall premise.
Gary Cooper shows that he still has what it takes to deliver a great performance despite the fact that the story itself seems a bit too predictable along the way.
There are certain aspects of the film that were too reminiscent of the far superior film The Wages of Fear (1953) which coincidentally came out in the very same year.
The supporting cast is also great here even if they are all hindered a bit by the weak story.
Both Barbara Stanwyck and Ruth Roman do great jobs with there roles as strong females who will do all they can in order to get what they want.
Anthony Quinn and Ward Bond both have small yet significant parts as partners with Cooper and they each are able to bring forth their impressive acting skills here which helps make their characters and the story itself feel even more realistic the whole way through.
This films biggest problem is the lack of it feeling in any way unique or original in what it sets out to do here.
Bottom Line – Cooper is quite good in this film even if the story itself seems a bit too predictable. Parts of this story reminded me of the superior movie The Wages of Fear (1953) which coincidentally came out in the same year. Stanwyck and Roman are both great here strong female roles as characters who do all they can in order to get what they feel they deserve. In significant supporting roles, Quinn and Bond bring forth their impressive acting skills which helps make their characters and the story itself feel even more realistic. The biggest problem with this movie is the fact that it just doesn’t feel unique or original enough in what it sets out to accomplish.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mexican officials initially banned this film and demanded that cuts be made, in order to portray Mexicans less unfavourably. Warner Bros. agreed to make the cuts, after months of negotiations during which the Mexican government threatened to ban all Warner Bros. productions in Mexico. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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