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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, E.G. Marshall
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WAOH4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danish Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. Spencer Tracy is towering in this western with an all-star cast that includes Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Hugh O'Brian, E.G. Marshall and Katy Jurado. The only compassion cattle baron Matt Devereaux (Tracy) shows is for his Native American wife, Princess (Jurado), and their son Joe. So after Joe agrees to take a three-year jail term for a crime his father commits, and his father then dies, Joe's three half brothers take over the land - with a vengeance. Winning a 1954 Academy Award for Best Writing (Motion Picture Story), and garnering a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Jurado, Broken Lance is riveting action from beginning to end.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Derek R. Osbourne on 25 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
There are many three star workaday westerns that were churned out by the studios between the 1930s and 1950s and there are the great classics such as Stagecoach, The Man who shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers and The Outlaw Josey Wales. In between are a set of superior westerns that have good casts and strong storylines usually with fine cinematography. Broken Lance is one of these. Loosely (very) based on King Lear it tells of the downfall of the dictatorial cattle baron at the hands of three of his sons and the revenge plotted by the remaining half brother after an unfair three years in jail.

It is a strong cast with Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark and the young newcomer, Robert Wagner - strong acting by all three not matched really by the rest of the cast who tend to be a bit peripheral.

It is beautifully shot and not against the usual background of Monument Valley. It also has a strong oscar winning screenplay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2011
Format: DVD
With both it being based on Shakespeare's King Lear and being a Western remake of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's tasty film noir, House of Strangers, Broken Lance had fine sources from which to work from. Throw in to the mixer that it stars Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado, Robert Wagner and Earl Holliman, and that Joseph MacDonald was director Edward Dmytryk's cinematographer of choice, well it's all set up to be a highly accomplished piece.

And it is!

Dmytryk's film tells the story of how the Devereaux family came to implode. Father Matt {Tracy}, is a tough no nonsense pioneer who after finding a copper smelter has polluted his water, illegally raids the copper mine with destructive vengeance. Matt has four sons, his three eldest are a disappointment to him, but his youngest, Joe, from his latest marriage to a Commanche woman {Jurado}, is untainted by his own bitterness. But it's Joe who takes the rap for the copper mine raid and gets sentenced to three years jail. When Joe comes out he finds that his brothers have driven his mother away and all but destroyed the family empire, including his father. Joe {Wagner} has scores to settle, especially with the oldest, and nastiest brother, Ben {Widmark}.

The screenplay comes from Richard Murphy, who, reworked Philip Yordan's House Of Strangers screenplay, bagging Yordan the Best Writing Oscar at the 1955 Academy Awards in the process. And it's not hard to see why. Murphy and Dmytryk have fused together a number of intelligent strands in their picture. Not merely a tale of vengeance that dallies with black sheep of the family like thematics, it also serves up racial prejudice issues, and those of greed and corruption.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JIMBO (Dublin,) on 16 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
Broken Lance was made in 1954 and beautifully shot around Monument Valley. Leading the cast is Spencer Tracy playing a tyrannical rancher, who find out as the story progresses has built up his empire from an early age and now in his sixties, his fights with other ranchers and towns folk are legendary and he feels he is a law unto himself. He is remarried to an indian woman who has bore him a son (Robert Wagner in an early role ) but he has three other sons from a previous marriage - Richard Widmark, Hugh O'Brian and Earl Holliman. All three sons want dad to sell the ranch as times are changing and they want their cut, but this ain't happening.

This is not your usual run of the mill western, but has more to do with an internal family feud with Wagner doing his best to be the peacemaker. The acting honours go to Spencer Tracy who again shows what he's good at - being stubborn and antagonistic with Richard Widmark following close behind as eldest son feeling cruelly ill-done by, and coming under the father's whip more than anyone else.

This film was a wonderful production for its 1954 release.
Next time you are at the theatre watching KING LEAR, see if you notice any similarities between Shakespeare's play and this movie........If you don't, well I'll eat my hat, or my horse.
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By john s hodson on 21 Jan. 2015
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This western is beautiful to look at,with great performances from Spencer Tracy,Richard Widmark,Robert Wagner and Jean Peters.
Worth watching.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
No one could dispute that Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was one of the great stars of Hollywood's golden age. In an era when most of the big names had appeared in westerns, Tracy's CV was devoid of even one until 1954 when he made "Broken Lance", and that fine contemporary western "Bad Day at Black Rock" back to back. What a pity that he didn't make another as these two films are very good indeed. We quickly realise how Tracy's character dominates "Broken Lance" when in an early scene we see a painting of him astride his horse in heroic pose. Both the music and atmosphere indicate his all pervading presence. The role was crying out for a great actor and it got one!

Tracy plays the hard nosed ranch patriarch of a troubled feuding family who has hewn out his empire through toil and sweat......and sometimes the law of the rope! Violence hovers over the film like a bird of prey. Tracy's rancher comes from a dynasty of such western characters who are carved from the same block of granite. John Wayne's Thomas Dunson from Howard Hawk's great epic "Red River"(48) is perhaps the most memorable. James Cagney's harsh rancher in the fine "Tribute to a Bad Man"(56) and Edward G Robinson's cattle baron in "The Violent Men"(55) are kindred spirits. Men, who in the absence of established law and order dispense their own brand of justice. But as Bob Dylan sang "the times they are a changing". The days of tooth and claw are numbered!

Like "Duel in the Sun"(46), the film centres around a cattle family at war with itself. Richard Widmark, surely one of the screens greatest baddies, plays the sly older brother who manipulates his gullible younger brothers to try and cheat their favoured Indian half brother out of his rightful inheritance.
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