YELLOW SKY [1948] movie review

December 31, 2011 · Print This Article

It is most unusual when the bad guys are 75% of the characters in a movie and take up 95% of the screen time. This is just one of the things that makes YELLOW SKY an unusual western. It is the first movie that also made me feel real sorry for the horses in it. I am not sure if in 1948 animals on set had anyone overseeing they are not mistreated like in modern filmmaking.

The first sentence Gregory Peck speaks stands out. Not because of what is said, rather because of his voice which is deep, resonating and authoritative. You can believe he can command a group of six outlaws. They seemingly just roll into towns, steal money from banks that have absolutely zero security and move on to the next town. This time they get trapped between the calvary and a salt desert.

 

They survive to come across a young woman and her grandfather in the middle of nowhere. Why would that be there? Do they stand a chance against six outlaws? Is Peck as there leader rotten to the core or just into taking what he wants if its easy?

 

It goes back and forth who has the advantage, though mostly it is the group of outlaws. How the advantages get played out is not predictable, especially concerning a group of Apaches. This was refreshing and elevated YELLOW SKY to recommendable status.

 

I now have another actor’s (Gregory Peck’s) filmography to go through.

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