Genre Guesstimation – The Brave One (1956)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“Why are you afraid of their paper? Why do you cringe before them like a dog?” – Leonardo

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy does all he can to try and rescue his pet bull from the hands of people who wish for him to participate in a bullfight.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I’ve wanted to see for many year, never never git around to it.

I knew that Dalton Trumbo wrote the script yet due to be blacklisted, used a pseudonym on it and still managed to win an Oscar for his work here.

The movie was also nominated for Best Sound and Best editing.

The story is told in a very moving fashion and despite it feeling a bit too much that a young boy has a pet bull that he loves and tries to save, it still manages to work quite well.

The story is all about love and hope and stays quite engaging from beginning to end.

The scenes in the bullfight arena are breathtaking to watch especially given the fact that this was filmed over 65 years ago.

The editing also is superb in those scenes because we get a feel for what is happening without the need to be more graphic in the depiction of the sport everyone is watching.

The unconventional nature of the story is quiet poignant but something still feels missing that would make it even better.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After “The Brave One’ won the Oscar for Best Screenplay, independent producer Edward Nassour sued its producers the King Brothers over plagiarism. It seems the script for “The Brave One’ bore an uncanny resemblance to that for “Ring Around Saturn,” a stop-motion animation feature Nassour had been working on with a script written by Paul Rader. The rights were originally owned by Jesse L. Lasky, who had wanted to produce it as “Valley of the Mist.” The King Brothers settled the dispute by paying out to Nassour the sum of $750,000 in an out-of-court settlement. It turned out that blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had written the script for “The Brave One” using the pseudonym of Robert Rich. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close. But the story feels less poignant than one might hope for.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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