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The Young Land [DVD]

Pat Wayne , Dennis Hopper , Ted Tetzlaff    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pat Wayne, Dennis Hopper, Yvonne Craig
  • Directors: Ted Tetzlaff
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Pegasus Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RP8SF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When a Mexican peasant is mercilessly gunned down in the street, it falls upon young lawman Pat Wayne to see that justice is done. With the town full of gun toting drunkards and lawless drifters wanted for one crime or another, tensions run high as the local Mexicans seek revenge for the slaying of one of their own. The young sheriff is all that stands between two seething factions and potential bloodshed.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Duke's Boy Done Good. 22 Mar 2011
Pegasus entertainments classic cowboy collection is often anything but classic. I think particularly of the pretty dire "Cry Blood Apache" and "Apache Blood". They tend to dig up a lot of long forgotten old westerns that cannot have cost a copyright fortune. But every so often they do come up with something quite interesting, and this is one of those rarities. John Wayne's second son Pat takes on the starring role as a young sheriff trying to maintain order in a California town in 1848 shortly after the Mexican/American war, when feelings are running high between whites and Hispanics. This was Pat's first crack at a leading part, having already appeared with his father in John Ford's epic "The Searchers". Pat, only just eighteen when the film was made, is a chip off the old block. He has his father's same durable good looks, if not quite the same colossal screen presence. He was to forge a reasonable film career, without reaching the mega stardom his father achieved. I recall him starring in "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger", together with some nasty looking Ray Harryhausen creations. In this film he appears with another young actor Dennis Hopper, whose career would really take off a few years later.

In the film Wayne has to arrest Hopper following the shooting of a Mexican who he had provoked into a gunfight. This sets the local Hispanic poulation against the American one. A high court judge is brought in to take the court case and see that American justice is dispensed without prejudice. The fuse is lit for a potential powder keg situation. If found guilty, Hopper's friends will not allow him to hang. If he is found not guilty then the Hispanics intend taking the law into their own hands. It is a no win situation either way. We head to an interesting and unexpected climax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Hopper - Rare Western 15 Nov 2010
In a rare performance Dennis Hopper starts as a cowboy with John Waynes son Pat,
Pat Wayne goes to a lawless town in search of a murderer and and ends up in the middle of war between the mexicans and the drifters,

Pat seems a bit young for the role but you can see his father in him, predictabloe western
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor acting, poor production 29 Aug 2011
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My title says it all. I watched the film to the end, but it didn't improve. Pat Wayne was just gojng through the motions. I gave it 2 stars rather than 1 as, to a degree, Dennis Hopper raised the quality of the film but not enough to warrant me keeping the film (I have a very large western collection). This will go straight to the charity box.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the young land 15 Aug 2011
By Gloria
I found this film an inexperience in it self. It was a typical western in a mexican town with American gunfighters trying to prove they were the better. They were just shooting for the sake of shooting and killing because they could. The young Patrick Wayne who played the sherrif came throlugh in the end, he got the bad guys and won the senorita in the end.
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By rsoonsa - Published on
This is a restored version of this interesting feature, actually completed in 1957 by Buena Vista (Disney) but canned for two years until Columbia rescued and released it, supposedly based upon an historic incident, and there is a good deal to appreciate here, in particular excellent camerawork under the aegis of director Ted Tetzlaff, known essentially as a cinematographer. The scenario places the action in the newborn state of California in 1848, relating of a homicide trial with the defendant, played by Dennis Hopper, accused of murdering a local Mexican/Californian during an observed gun duel, after which he is arrested by the local unofficially appointed and unarmed sheriff, portrayed by 18 year Patrick Wayne. One of the better of a blessedly rare genre, The Didactic Western, YOUNG LAND's primary motif becomes a question as to whether the United States system of justice will serve up fair verdicts for non-English speaking citizens, with the efforts of an imported State judge (Dan O'Herlihy) to organize a proper trial inside a sheep barn being particularly engrossing as the judge is not accustomed to such rude courtroom surroundings. Thanks to a rather large budget, art director Jack Okey creates a Mexican village including a plaza, cantina, jail, and other buildings, and Tetzlaff, favouring long shots shows the players in full along with the location settings, all used to good advantage in glorious Technicolor through strong performances by Hopper, O'Herlihy, Ben Stroud, and Ken Curtis as a fugitive converted into a deputy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely watchable 17 May 2007
By Eric J. McClellan - Published on
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Let me start by saying that the film is decent. Dennis Hopper is in good form and the rest of the leads (with the exception of Patrick Wayne and a few of the supporting actors who are wooden and bland) do a decent job.

That said the DVD itself is a disaster. The picture is out of frame and slightly blurry, the color is washed out and the soundtrack is full of clicks, pops and other noises. What always makes these rip-off releases even more of a joke is they sport the phrases "Digitally Re-mastered" and "5.1 Digital Dolby Surround Sound" on the back. Try to imagine 5 speakers all blasting clicks, pops and other annoying noises. If the manufacturers would just be honest (and some are) and say that the disc contains anomalies, people might be more forgiving.

What a waste of money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars '50s "message" oater 22 Feb 2014
By Annie Van Auken - Published on
YOUNG LAND is a well-done and unjustly forgotten message film about racial prejudice. Dennis Hopper kills a Mexican American for amusement and his trial heightens already existing tensions between California's American settlers and locals who lived there for generations before the newcomers' arrival.

John Wayne's son Patrick stars and is quite good as the sheriff trying to control this potentially explosive situation. Hopper's villain is right on target. In a minor supporting role is Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez. He first came to prominence as a deadpan funny guest on Groucho Marx's TV quiz show, YOU BET YOUR LIFE.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.6) The Young Land (1959) - Patrick Wayne/Yvonne Craig/Dennis Hopper/Dan O'Herlihy/Ken Curtis/Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Hopper and Yvonne Craig 19 Jan 2012
By Tycereom - Published on
Western, staring Pat Wayne (the son of John Wayne), Yvonne Craig (later to become TV's Batgirl), and Dennis Hopper. Dennis Hopper plays a young malcontent who has goaded a respected Hispanic into a fatal gun battle in the new state of California in the year 1848. His jury trial is watched with great interest by the largely Spanish-speaking citizens of the new state, who consider it to be a test of the Anglo system of justice. Wayne plays the sheriff. Yvonne Craig plays Wayne's love interest, and has several scenes throughout the movie; this was her first major role. The film was shot in 1957. The movie would probably mainly interest the fans of Dennis Hopper and Yvonne Craig.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Young Land 28 April 2014
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Not bad little Western with some good performances by Ken Curtis and Dennis Hopper and some blah performances by Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) and Patrick Wayne (John Wayne's son). Actually Patrick Wayne got better as the years went by. Hopper plays a gunslinger who murders a Mexican in the newly formed state of California. The rest of the film is taken up with tensions between the local Anglos and resident Mexicans as a trial decides the fate of the killer and the rights of all citizens in the area. I bought the VCI DVD release and the quality is OK but I would love to see a re-mastered version released very soon.
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