Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Director: William A. Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe, Harry Morgan, Jane Darwell, Matt Briggs, Harry Davenport, Frank Conroy, Marc Lawrence, Paul Hurst, Victor Kilian, Chris-Pin Martin, Willard Robertson, Ted North, Leigh Whipper, Margaret Hamilton

More info: IMDb


Plot: When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

WOW!  What a great flick!  This is a dramatic Western with just about zero action.  The acting is great, the story, dialogue, direction, the works.  It's all very good.  I dig the relationship between Gil (Fonda) and his buddy, Art (Morgan).  They quibble sometimes but it's not all fun.  I really dug that the film keeps you guessing until the end if some or all of the men were guilty.  Was the lynch posse wrong in wanting to kill them without a fair trial?  Absolutely.  What unfolds, though, is thought provoking and captivating. The ending was outstanding and powerful.  WOW!

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