Jubal [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Great western, one of Ford's very best.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This film is a Glen Ford western with Ernest Borgnine and Rod Steiger who as is normàl playing a baddie, a man is fou d half dead in the mountains and is given a job by a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shirley Steadman
Saw this film when it first came out so it was a flashback to the past. Was delivered promptly.Published 8 months ago by Edward
Please note that the following review is for the region A locked Criterion Collection Blu ray release of the classic 1956 western Jubal. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. E. A. Williamson