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Good Western - in SPITE of the mustache!!!
Gregory Peck turns in a good performance as the celebrity gunfighter who wants to settle down and nobody is willing to let him. Millard Mitchell gets kudos for his strong supporting performance, as the sheriff who wants to keep the peace. But the real star to me is the awesome set decoration and cinematography. When the film opens, Peck goes into a bar that is filmed so well, you can smell and feel the ambiance. 80/100.
THE GUN FIGHTER
OOOOPS . Sorry Gregory Peck. The name is Mr. frazzle Bottom not Fuzzy Bottom. My mistake. As someone pointed out to me, there probable was and still is a Buckhorn Saloon in every town and city in TEXAS. In LONESOME DOVE. The original owner was Wee Willy Montgomery, and you didn't have to put up with a rude bartender, when he ran the place. Just ask Woodrow F. Call or Augustice Mcrea.
Remember the old Buckhorn Saloon in EL PASO JIMMY? Well, they must have moved it, Cause its around the corner on Houston St. a stones throw from the ALAMO in down town San Antonio. Oh well GREAT film any way Mr .Fuzzy bottom.
Tragic gunfighter classic
- Oliver Cutshaw
Perhaps modeled as much on the doomed gangsters of 30's crime dramas as much as on western legends this is a fine movie. I honestly think that is one of Peck's very best performances. He has wit, humor, sadness; is a bit stoic but all too human. All the performance are outstanding. Look for early Alan Hale Jr. (the Skipper). On the down side, the movie is a bit static. And it tries too hard to make the gunfighter a lost, lonely figure while ignoring to some degree the fact that he probably has killed a dozen or so men. In fair fights, after all this is Gregory Peck we are talking about, but a killer nonetheless. Good movie, well directed and written. Definitely worth seeing.
- Dashiell Barnes
A finely-crafted, psychologically-driven western. Peck is believable as a mustached shooter who can't help loosing his reputation. This is more of a character study than action-packed shoot-out, courtesy of a brilliant, Oscar-nominated screenplay. A nice film to see from time-to-time. I give it a 4.5/5.
A western for adults
A few westerns rise above the cartoon level of super heroes who never miss and whose guns never run out of bullets. Peck played a real human being struggling with his past and enduring the consequences of choices already made. Among these are The Gunfighter, High Noon, Will Penney and Red River.
- Jim Vassar
Gregory Peck was a topnotch actor and every film he was in was better because of him. Similar to Jimmy Stewart, he had an ability to seem authentic. The Gunfighter is an example of a true to life western--the acting and direction are low-key but dynamic. The plot is engaging. This is one of the best western dramas made. I don't understand why it and Stalking Moon have not been released on DVD.
- Ed Sims
Please locate this great film and show it on TCM...A great film staring GregoryPeck as an aged gunfighter....Will be looking forward in seeing it again..Ed
Life is hard for a gunfighter
I thought I would go back and try to catch as many of the movies Icould that were made in the year I was born. I felt that i might get alook at life at that time. Of course, many of those movies will bewesterns such as this and not helpful for anything but a reminiscenceof what I watched as a child.Gregory Peck played a very believable part in this film. He was tiredof the "life" and wanted to settle down. It's not that easy when youhave a "name," as there is always someone looking to make a name forthemselves.This is an adult film, not a cartoon. It is about choices made in lifeand the consequences. It is also about prejudices and rumors, but Ithink the most important lesson learned is not in this film, but init's ending.It was worth getting up at 2:30 in the morning to see.
a dont miss
- michael york
excellent western with morality and tension legen has it zanuck hated pecks moustache but peck gives perhaps his finest performance