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The Gunfighter [DVD]


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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker, Karl Malden
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Writers: William Bowers, William Sellers, André De Toth, Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTIPG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disenchanted gunslinger Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) is heading towards a reunion with his son, and, he hopes, a new life free of bloodshed. However, before he can reach his destination, he is confronted by a local hot-head who forces him into a shoot-out. The brothers of the young assailant vow to gain their revenge after Ringo guns him down in self-defence.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2009
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Henry King was a film director of great longevity. He directed his first film "Who Pays" in 1916 and made his last "Tender is the night" in 1962. That he survived in the film industry this long was testament to his durability. Sadly most of his films are very forgettable affairs indeed. Amongst his large body of work he made two startlingly good films which stand out like shining beacons from the rest. In 1949 he made "Twelve O Clock High" set in the second World War, which has long been used as an example of the pressures that leadership can bring. In 1950 he made "The Gunfighter". He also made one interesting film in 1958 called "The Bravados", a film that highlighted the perils of taking the law into your own hands. All these films starred Gregory Peck. My Mother would argue vociferously that "Love is a many Splendoured Thing" is an all time great. I dont suggest you watch it to find out!

"The Gunfighter" is a very bleak and desolate film. The sort of film that has storm clouds and birds of prey hovering over it. The stark black and white merely accentuates that. It is full of forboding and menace. Gregory Peck plays Jimmy Ringo a a gunslinger unable to escape his reputation and a target for every two bit gunny. At the start of the film he is forced to gun down a very youthful looking Richard Jaeckel who taunts him into action. But he has three brothers who will be after his blood, so he is forced to move on yet again. Ringo is aging and he is tired of this hunted existence. He stops in the town of Cayenne where he sees his wife who has changed her name and his young son with whom he was unable to enjoy any sort of relationship. You realise early on that there can be no happy conclusion and that Ringo will never escape his past. We head inexorably to a tragic finale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2011
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Through the history of film there have been a few classic pairings of director and actor that have produced some out and out great films - Anthony Mann/James Stewart, John Huston/Humphrey Bogart, John Ford/John Wayne for example. I would humbly add Henry King/Gregory Peck to that list.

Though (as far as I know) they only made three films together, The Gunfighter, Twelve O'Clock High and Bravados, all three stand as some of the best work in the canon of either man, and all three were great movies that had that extra something that set them apart from the herd.

The Gunfighter is a tale of a hardened old west gunslinger, Jimmy Ringo. Once a hot headed young blood, he is older, wiser, and weary of the life he has chosen. Weary of being challenged in every town by some young squirt who wants to make a name for himself by beating the fastest gun in the West. After being forced to kill again in self defence he heads for a town where he hopes he can find salvation. Soon the entire town is on tenterhooks as his very presence in the saloon brings the entire community to a halt. What follows is a great tale as Ringo tries to keep out of trouble and make amends with his estranged wife.

Peck excels as Ringo, a man with a dubious past but now trying to do the right thing. He brings a gravity to the character, and turns him from being a mere archetypal gunslinger into a very real human. His quiet dignity as he faces all that he is trying to escape is the best part of the film.

Also of note is Millard Mitchell as an ex member of Ringo's gang, now sheriff of the town. He understands just how things are going to play out, and with out fear or favour does his best to keep the town in control and keep both Ringo and any ambitious young guns alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Johnson on 11 Aug 2009
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This doesn't seem to get into the pantheon of great westerns, oddly, and although it lacks the epic grandeur of a Shane, it is something of a masterpiece in its own right, able to stand alongside High Noon as a tight, claustrophobic and pacy narrative. It explores the way Peck's character Ringo is trapped in the myth of his own creation, the fastest gun alive. There will be no spoilers here but the ending is quietly brilliant in the way the cycle begins again. Unjustly overlooked, if you ask me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar 2013
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Aging gunfighter Jimmy Ringo is feeling his age, he is tired of looking over his shoulder and just wants to get to a nearby town to be reunited with his son. Before he sets off on his journey he is partaking in a drink at a saloon, a hot young tough guy picks a fight with him purely because of his reputation. Despite repeated attempts for someone to calm the youth down, Ringo is forced to kill the kid after being drawn upon first, all the patrons in the bar agree that Ringo had no choice in the matter, but he is advised to leave town quickly because the kid has three older brothers who will not care who drew first. Ringo sets off to find his son knowing that his past, along with the stricken kid's gunslinging brothers, are catching him up.

Downbeat and downright grim in texture, The Gunfighter is a very polished piece boasting a wonderful turn from its leading man. There are a number of highly thought of psychological westerns that focus on the tough nature of the west, rather than the fanciful guns a blazing actioners that one time dominated the genre, but few look and impact as hard as this one does. Gregory Peck is excellent as Ringo, perfectly grizzled and worn, but gigantic enough in stature to make him still a fearsome figure. That Peck is able to smoothly shift gears for a number of scenes is often taken for granted, be it showing tenderness with his boy in one scene or exuding stoic machismo when facing down bad guys in another, there's smart acting layers being revealed by the big man.

Elsewhere Millard Mitchell is terrific as Marshal Mark Strett and Karl Malden adds some lively characterisation as bartender Mac. Henry King does a great job of directing, as he keeps it tight and never lets the pace veer to a place the story doesn't call for.
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