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High Lonesome [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NMJD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The other review says it all really, but again an enjoyable Western that has an added slant of dead men rising.

A boy is found unconsciouse in the dead of night on local land and tells a tale of being robbed by a local merchant but then being rescued by two cowboys who shot the merchant dead, however when he describes the helpful cowboys they are long since dead, ghosts ? possesion ? a nice unusual twist that makes the film more enjoyable.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
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It would be very easy to deride this film. The classic cowboy collection is not always of the highest quality, but it does sometimes throw up some hidden curiosities that would otherwise never get an airing. The sort of B productions that you will never get the opportunity to see again on TV. The VHS quality of the picture and the lamentably bad performance of the lead actor John Barrymore jnr are bound to put some people off, but that is to do the film a grave injustice as there is much to admire in it, and it has a pedigree that many bigger productions cannot boast. In short it is the sort of film that a western anorak like me devours with relish.

The film marked the famous western writer Alan LeMay's only excursion into the directors chair. He is more famous for providing the novels behind such westerns as John Ford's epic "The Searchers", John Huston's "The Unforgiven", and Gary Cooper's "Along Came Jones, where Coop lampooned his own taciturn cowboy image. LeMay also provided the intelligent if a little unusual screenplay. The film was the second for the production company he briefly formed with producer George Templeton. The two had already made "The Sundowners", using much of the same cast from that film which I have already reviewed on Amazon. For some strange reason they stood by the teenage John Barrymore jnr, seemingly trying to cash in on the family name. They must surely have recognised his limited acting abilities in scenes with so many experienced old hands. Barrymore's limited range consisted of shouting his lines and an over reliance on some Maori like contorted facial expressions. He appears to be the only member of the exalted Barrymore dynasty who could not act. His daughter Drew seems to be doing a little better in carrying the family flag.
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Brilliant almost timeless classic
Even with Drew's unique acting style
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nothing very special social workers will like it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d32d624) out of 5 stars High at times and somewhat Loathsome. 10 Jun. 2006
By Abides - Published on
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If you like westerns, this movie has some moments. It was filmed in the Big Bend river country of Texas on the property of 6 working ranches. The technicolor photography is rich and scenic. There are some accomplished actors giving good performances as well some servicable ones by what must be genuine ranch hands based on their looks and riding ability. Unfortunately, the story is somewhat preposterous and it's main focus is on the character played (and I use that word in it's fullest sense) by the only Barrymore who couldn't act - John Drew Barrymore, father of his middle named daughter. Because of his famous lineage, J.D. bypassed the learning process of acting experience and jumped into lead roles like this one. Other than shouting out his lines, his entire range consists of contorted facial expressions to show suprise, fear and God knows what-all. The price of admission is almost worth the laughter it provokes. Because the producers or director couldn't have failed to notice how inept his acting was, most of his scenes take place with a squeaky voiced actress who deflects attention from him by being even more annoying. Also it must be noted that if music were medication then this movie is overmedicated. The soundtrack is shrill and overbearing, particularly in the beginning.

So what are the good points? Chill Wills gives the kind of appealing folksy performance before he became a cariacture and Basil Ruysdael as the father left me wanting to see more of him in something (anything) else. The film was directed and written by Alan LeMay who can be forgiven for this since his story was the source for Ford's "The Searchers". And there's the landscape spread out over 6 ranches, from arroyos to plains to riversides. As for John Drew Barrymore- well, he's got beautiful blue eyes and a great head of hair which as Mick Jagger once said is all you need to be a rock star. Not a film star.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c0c393c) out of 5 stars SEARCHING FOR COONCAT AROUND THE BIG BEND 21 May 2015
By Cody Robert at Spokane - Published on
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The credits are most intriguing: Eagle-Lion London-financed production, Alan Le May, Big Bend locations, Technicolor, Jack Elam--and perhaps Barrymore Jr., presciently channeling Sean Penn. These credits and the characters' names (Cooncat, Boatwhistle, Roper, Horse, Smiling Man) do suggest one of those offbeat postwar Westerns without John Wayne, much peacetime angst, noirish dark shadows and perhaps archetypical parables for McCarthy Era paranoiacs. The best of those films are BLOOD ON THE MOON, PURSUED, COLORADO TERRITORY, THE FURIES and SILVER LODE--all leading up to JOHNNY GUITAR and ultimately to THE SEARCHERS. Alan Le May (1899-1964) wrote the novel on which Ford based THE SEARCHERS, and here Le May, directing straight from his own script, remotely prefigures themes, motifs and high, lonely landscapes we'll find considerably amplified and perfected in Ford's great masterpiece of 1956.

Le May, like James M. Cain, was a surprisingly fine writer on very filmable tropes (this is a solid script, poorly acted) but had little notion of how to direct or how to edit down a superfluity of rather beautiful location footage. Every scene runs slightly overlong, giving the film a lumpy rhythm, and the bargain-basement cast seem bewildered and not quite on top of the script complexities. Junior Barrymore's performance as outcast drifter Cooncat is not bad, Chill Wills rocks the barn party with his greatest hit, the rather butch cowgirls Lois Butler and Kristine Miller are surprisingly emancipated, and of course Jack Elam steals the show in the badguy role "Smiling Man."

Le May was no auteur but knew his Western landscapes very well, and here West Texas' Big Bend country around Alpine and Marfa (where George Stevens later shot GIANT) plays a major role and is far more interesting than the humans. I'd like to say this is a premake or preamble to THE SEARCHERS, but it's only a thematic variant thereof--a footnote to the Ford film--and certainly the least of the progressive cycle of neurotic postwar Westerns. Le May's Western mode and creds are, however, vital in fully appreciating the complexities of the Ford film. Needless to say, this is the writer's only credit as a film director. Scattered seeds that will flower extravagantly in THE SEARCHERS are found in more primitive form in HIGH LONESOME. Indeed, Le May's one film as director more resembles any late Western by the great Canadian primitivist Allan Dwan than any of Jack Ford's.

Mindful of their Eagle-Lion backers, Le May and his producer George Templeton swapped Stetsons and while in the neighborhood filmed Le May's range-war story THE SUNDOWNERS in Palo Duro Canyon outside Amarillo. Its cast credits are roughly identical, with the Roberts Preston and Sterling added on. The more scenic Big Bend shoot, clearly a vanity project for Le May, was photographed by W. Howard Greene, while the Palo Duro Technicolor cinematography is credited to Ford's great painterly cameraperson Winton C. Hoch (SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c0c3840) out of 5 stars Not quite as severe in my judgment.... 21 Aug. 2006
By B. Cathey - Published on
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HIGH LONESOME was Eagle-Lion's sequel to THE SUNDOWNERS (1950). While several cast members from the earlier film also appear in this one, most notably Chill Wills, the film lacks the "star-power" of a Robert Preston (or Robert Sterling). John Barrymore Jr. isn't as bad as some have written, but neither does he give the film that essential lift that it needs to be truly memorable. Still, for the price, and the fine camera work, and for Chill Wills (who always adds something), the film is worth investigating. Again, thanks to VCI gives us a handsome print..and we owe them thanks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d32da5c) out of 5 stars I really liked it 30 April 2013
By Nelson - Published on
I thought the movie was well written, well acted and well directed. The movie had a great storyline, full of suspense. A real WHO is the killer kind of thing. I really enjoyed it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bf4a7c8) out of 5 stars b &w of a color film 18 Sept. 2008
By don varnedore - Published on
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the movie is high lonesome it was in the details as a b&w film but i didn't see that. now if i send it back it will cost me so i am stuck with this copy.too much trouble to send back i have not seen this sort of thing since the days of vhs tape it was common pratice then but now it's wierd.i did get the color version put out by by vci and it is be careful and look at the product details.i would not want you to be had.
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