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Man of the West

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Gary Cooper, in his last great role, portrays a former outlaw whose past returns to haunt him when he is forced by his old gang to participate in a train robbery. Julie London and Lee J. Cobb co-star.


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 207464725
UPC 883904107095
UPC 14 00883904107095
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2014
Rating NR
Cast & Crew
Anthony Mann - Director
Ernest Haller - Cinematographer
Gary Cooper - Actor
Hilyard M. Brown - Art Director
Jack Lord - Actor
Julie London - Actor
Lee J. Cobb - Actor
Leigh Harline - Original Music By
Reginald Rose - Screenplay
Walter Mirisch - Producer
Will C. Brown - Based On Novel By
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Review In a nutshell Man of the West concerns Gary Cooper's ageing ex-outlaw. A train journey with wholly good intentions results in his meeting up with Lee J. Cobb, the man he used to run with and who now has a new, much younger gang. This newer contingent are of little interest to Mann, however. Rather, as with James Stewart and Arthur Kennedy in his earlier Bend of the River, he is more concerned with the two sides of same coin with Cooper and Cobb represent and the tensions this brings. As the former puts it "you either grow up or you rot". For Cooper this has meant a transition into folksiness, politeness and an amiable clumsiness; for Cobb self-loathing, insecurity and possible insanity...Yet despite its themes and ageing leads (this was one of Cooper's final films before his untimely death in 1961), Man of the West lacks an air of fatalism. Cooper's character may have an antecedent in Clint Eastwood's William Munny from Unforgiven (and perhaps even Josey Wales), but this is no 'end of the West' example of the genre...It may hit all of the correct generic buttons and prove hugely enjoyable as a piece of action cinema, yet what remains is an expertly drawn portrayal of two deeply troubled men and their outlaw culture.
Reviewer Anthony Nield
ReviewRating 7
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Video Format DVD
Grant Tracey, Images Movie Journal ...compelling. Cooper's portrayal of an edgy hero resonates with the 1950's Cold War climate.
Variety Cooper gives a characteristically virile performance...while London achieves some touching and convincing moments in a difficult role.

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