I like Westerns and here we got one on our hands with a different approach story-wise. In fact this movie does what I look for which is a story within a story making one want to follow the movie and plot screen by screen. Helping this along are the stars and supporting cast doing a great job in making us buy what they are selling no problem. I like the outdoor shoot, the snow, horses, weather and the stark reality of this. Men on the move because they robbed a payroll stop by a town and terrorize it. The thing is this town is out in the middle of nowhere. They soon take-over and there are some tense scenes a coming courtesy of the women being at risk by bad guys that don't give a hoot or a holler except to have a good time and the sooner the better too. Pure animal nature in these men which should remind all who watch that men have work to do until the beast is not only tamed but disposed of. Think: we were made in the image of something better. I like Burl Ives and he does his Westerns justice. The guy delivers as a good or bad guy so you are in for a treat. Robert Ryan can do no wrong either. I like the horses trying to travel in the snow for its realism. The bad guys are trying to get away and we get to see how the gold drives them not the will to survive. The Indians used to comment how these little yellow rocks made white men mad. Here you get a good glimpse of that native Indian philosophy. One of my favorite beliefs that I stand behind is demonstrated in this movie. Never give up your gun...ever! When you do, you no longer have a say so in your own life. Of course the argument that you are alive because you did goes to work as well. You decide. Notice the look on the faces of the women who were forced to dance with filthy, murdering, low down vermin against their will. If looks could kill, the men would be dead. While I was watching this scene, I was reminded that when scheming, evil-based and short on morals and character men who do whatever it takes to get ahead like to spend their money on what decent people spend it on only their guilt won't let them enjoy as men only beasts of the field. You see that today with tyrants, dictators, drug dealers, pimps and thieves. It is not what a man comes to have as much as how he came to have it. Ill-gotten gains gives no peace, closure or satisfaction only the illusion of these things. That point is made in this film as well. Good movie for a sandwich and a tasty drink plus a snack of choice to follow. For added pleasure, watch this with a chill and you will set the mood quite nicely. Enjoy
Day of the Outlaw
Day of the Outlaw
Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.
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April 9, 2019