- Actors: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray, Neville Brand
- Directors: Anthony Mann
- Writers: Barney Slater, Dudley Nichols, Joel Kane
- Producers: George Seaton, Gordon Cornell Layne, William Perlberg
- Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound, Black & White
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
- DVD Release Date: 13 Aug. 2007
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000RGSXLA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,957 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Tin Star [DVD] 
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An ex-sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young sheriff to catch bandits.
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Fonda makes a superb replacement for Stewart (the director and his favored star fell out on Night Passage), Neville Brand's tough bad `un, who wants Perkins' badge for a hunting license, makes a worthy adversary and the final showdown is brilliantly staged, and Elmer Bernstein's score is a definite plus (and a world away from the south of the border energy of his post-Magnificent Seven genre efforts). Mann's last great Western, it deserves to be better known.
Sadly, no extras - not even a trailer.
fonda plays a bounty hunter who brings his prey in to collect the bounty,the young sheriff has just started the job and fonda can see that unless he is guided he will soon be dead,fonda shows the sheriff the ropes but declines an offer of a badge.its not long before trouble arrives for the sheriff ,will fonda help the sheriff or ride out and condemn him you will have to see the film to find out ,i can assure you this film is good very good indeed even in black/white.
Anthony Mann's black & white Western isn't a long, sprawling John Ford epic, nor does it feature Ford's often comical characters but at a fairly concise 92 mins it feels like a real book - a story that's never hurried and which includes proper characterisation and dialogue. Those wanting John Wayne spitting into the dust and cowboys and Indians need look elsewhere...
I've always liked Henry Fonda - and whilst many have pointed out that Mann's main man had previously been James Stewart, Fonda takes that slim thoughtfulness that Stewart eschewed and added dignity as well as grit - maybe somewhere between a Wayne and Stewart mix. You can never take your eyes off Henry Fonda - tall, dark and brooding if there ever was one. Anthony Perkins is (of course) very different to Norman Bates in Pyscho and for those of us who saw him in that long before this earlier work, will not be disappointed. Fonda plays the older, wiser but now turned to bounty hunter ex lawman, who helps out rookie sheriff Perkins, both strategically but morally, too, when an outlaw gang terrorise the town.
The near-silent ending is as tense as you'll find anywhere within any Western - and you will be both too - silent AND tense...
Radio Times gives Tin Star a rare five stars - and you won't see this undervalued and under-known western on TV very often. It does get onto Sky Movies Classics once in a while but I don't recall it ever being on terrestrial TV, at least recently, so the DVD does make good sense. If you like the western genre and not yet seen The Tin Star, you really should...
Lee Van Cleef plays a villain.