THE BRAVADOS [1958] movie review

December 31, 2011 · Print This Article

For 90% of its running time THE BRAVADOS [1958] was a good movie. The ending was very good. Though seemingly a simple revenge plotline, the story itself was actually very compelling and with better direction the movie could have been even better.

Gregory Peck plays a man seeking revenge on the four men who raped and murdered his wife. He has been on their trail for six months, but the law caught them first as he arrives in a small, isolated town that is preparing to hang all four the next day. If you have never seen, or better yet heard, Gregory Peck on screen, his voice has got to be one of the all time most commanding ones. It sounds as if it is coming from a man nine feet tall.

 

The movie starts slowly establishing the characters around town. When the chase finally starts we find that Peck is learned a lot about tracking and most definitely relies on outsmarting the villains rather than attacking them with brute force or speed. I loved one point where everyone was getting in their saddles and Peck instead went to sleep. I really like that kind of intellectual cowboy.

 

A few hints are dropped along the way in the movie about the truth that will ultimately come out in the movie’s end. I did not see it coming at all. This truth revelation is what lifts THE BRAVADOS to a level above many other classic 50s westerns. The movie also reminds you that Joan Collins was an absolutely stunning woman.

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