Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Far Country

A Rocky Story, 5 September 2010

Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom

A "Western" dominated by the magnificent North West scenery, and little else. A movie Directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, its claims to greatness are vastly over stated. Filmed in Alberta and set around Gold Rush Dawson, it has little historical accuracy, which would be fine if there was a great story. But there isn't.

Stewart plays the part of reluctant hero Jeff Webster taming Cattle Rustlers and Mining bullies, fronted up by Jim Gannon, in the ubiquitous black hat. There is no dramatic tension, and the compulsory climactic shoot out is farcical. Ruth Roman and Corrinne Calvert offer some love interest in horribly underwritten roles.

The Canadian Rockies provide a stunning backdrop to all the outdoor scenes, and Dawson itself is quite well recreated, but the drama, and the dialogue, simply are not good enough


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