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Jubal [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007MANYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Great western, one of Ford's very best.

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Jubal is directed by Delmer Daves and adapted by Daves and Russell S. Hughes from the Paul Wellman novel, Jubal Troop. It stars Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson, Valerie French & Felicia Farr. David Raksin scores the music and Charles Lawton Jr. is the cinematographer. Out of Columbia Pictures it`s a CinemaScope/Technicolor production, and location for the shoot is Jackson Hole, The Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA.

Jubal Troop (Ford) is found exhausted out on the range and given shelter at a nearby ranch owned by Shep Horgan (Borgnine). Shep oversees Jubal`s recovery and offers him a job as part of his ranch team. This is met with objection by Shep`s mean foreman, Pinky (Steiger), but Shep is undeterred and Jubal goes on to prove his worth in the position. Shep and Jubal get on great, but trouble is brewing because Shep`s pretty Canadian wife, Mae (French), has taken quite a shine to Jubal. This further enrages Pinky, and a hornets nest is stirred, spelling trouble for practically everyone.

Delmer Daves` (Dark Passage/Broken Arrow) Jubal is often likened to William Shakespeare`s Othello, that`s something that, whilst being flattering, is best ignored. For Jubal, and its makers, deserve credit in their own right for producing such a tight, tense, adult Western. It`s a film that`s driven by characters who are caught in a web of jealousy and suppressed emotions, with the underrated Daves bringing some psychological dimensions into the narrative. He`s also a director who knows that such a story benefits greatly by not including action and violence just for the sake of upping the tempo.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2009
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This powerful western drama directed by the admirable Delmer Daves, is a none too thinly disguised reworking of Shakespeare's "Othello". Ernest Borgnine still in the afterglow of his oscar for "Marty"(55) plays the role of Othello. Rod Steiger is a brooding Iago. "He don't like nobody, not even himself". Valerie French plays the temptress Desdemona and Glenn Ford plays our hero Cassio.

In the film Shep Horgan played by Borgnine finds a badly injured Jubal Troop played by Ford, and takes him back to his ranch. Horgan takes a shine to him and he is later offered a job at the ranch which he takes. Matters become complicated when Horgan's unfaithful wife played by French, also takes a more carnal shine to Troop, who then replaces Pinky another ranch cowhand, played by Steiger, as the object of her dangerous affections. All these shennanigans turn Pinky apoplectic with rage. Never a happy bunny at the best of times he begins to go very bad indeed. So bad that he does not require a black hat to identify him. Jealousy and anger fan the flames of tragedy. A wicked web of lies and intrigue is spun to trap the unsuspecting Jubal, and cause a shattering rift between himself and his great friend Horgan. We head inexorably toward death and redemption for some.

The film boasts an unusually strong cast who all give strong performances. Borgnine maintains his powerful good form and Ford is reliable as ever. Steiger perhaps steals the show as the villainous Pinky, a juicy role very similar to his Jud Fry in "Oklahoma"(55). Charles Bronson offers strong support as a stalwart friend of Ford, and Noah Beery Jr appears yet again in one of his decent reliable cowhand roles. It is a somewhat dark psychodrama and not what you could describe as a traditional western. But it is very, very good like much of Daves excellent canon of work. I have given it four stars but it comes very close to five. Highly recommended.
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If you would like a change from John Ford's Monument Valley backdrops, here's a western with the Grand Tetons and what looks like the Snake River, very handsomely shot. It's not a bad movie but there is a flaw, I think. The plot requires the protagonist, the itinerant cowboy Jubal Troop (Glenn Ford) to be the object of desire of two very different women -- Mae (Valerie French), the wife of his boss, the cattle-rancher Shep Horgan (Ernest Borgnine), and Naomi (Felicia Farr), the daughter of a group of religious pilgrims seeking the Promised Land somewhere around Pocatello, Idaho. Jubal likes his boss, who has in effect taken him in and made him his foreman on the ranch, and while he clearly sees Mae's attractions, he resists them and is more drawn to the innocent and sweet Naomi. Mae isn't pleased, and neither is Pinky (Rod Steiger), Mae's former lover and a ranch-hand who had expected to be made foreman himself. The problem is that neither woman is remotely convincing, and the fault is probably more in the writing than in the abilities of the actresses. They are made into stereotypes, and neither is capable of breaking out to create a convincing, humanly interesting character. That's a serious flaw, but the main interest of the movie lies elsewhere.

Jubal's ascension to foreman sets up the parallel with Shakespeare's "Othello," which clearly underlies the movie to some extent. Pinky becomes the Iago figure who convinces the good-natured but insensitive Shep that his wife is sleeping with Jubal. Like Othello, Shep becomes enraged and is out for blood. To make matters worse, Mae, unlike Desdemona, lies to her husband about Jubal because she's angry at Jubal for rejecting her. I'll say no more -- it all sets up for an exciting finish.
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