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3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
Man With The Gun [DVD]
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on 14 April 2015
Great story,picture and sound quality
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on 12 May 2015
A very good film of it's kind. Robert Mitcham at his best. The story was simply told, and very watch-able.
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on 4 April 2013
This 1955 film adopted today's exortations to conserve energy and use as little as possible, which is how everybody interprets their roles in this film, including Mitchum's horse. Mitchum rides into town at 2 kph on a spiritless nag with huge, wide haunches and sunk deep as a sofa. He stays out of the saddle after that --- mounting the second time might get him to wheezing or passing out, even with the stepladder in place. The person who deserves the most credit for this film is the tailor who designed clever garb to disguise Mitchum's potbelly, wide hips and broad beam behind, with boxy trousers having a heavy assignment. And the gun in the waistband is another clever gambit that channels what we notice. But alas, nothing can disguise the couch potato slowness of his heavy walk. Impossible to suspend enough disbelief to accept him as a one-man town tamer who's ready, all by himself, to take on the Big Man and his innumerable hired guns who strangely never come into town en masse, but just dribble in to keep the odds low. There's a ludicrous moment where Mitchum stands between two mounted tough guys who have the drop on him and and he takes control by fast flat hand slapping their thighs until they do what he wants! This is the high point of Mitchum exertions in the film. Otherwise he resembles someone blurred out by a disabling hangover. We're used to Mitchum's laid back style, but it's a safe bet he took this role because he knew (from the advance script) his pulse rate need never pass 55 anywhere in the film. Jan Sterling also just goes through the motions in the lacklustre script, trying to stay awake to earn her salary. Here is a western that never redeems itself and probably wouldn't do so even if Mitchum cared enough to put some snap into reading his lines --- which he doesn't. The producer of the film is Samuel Goldwyn JUNIOR, who seems not to have understudied his father carefully enough. Stay miles away from this 1955 limp noodle, crippled further by a semi-distinct sound track and no subtitles.
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on 1 October 2011
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on 31 January 2011
loved this movie . brought back fond memories from my young days when i first saw it, thank you
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 31 July 2012
Clint Tollinger arrives in a small town looking for his estranged wife and news of his daughter, tho he finds her, the chance of any sort of reconciliation is very slim. Whilst here, the sheriff and the important townsfolk learn of Tollinger's reputation as a pistol specialist town tamer. As they are living in fear of a mysterious landowner who is stripping the town from them bit by bit, they hold a meeting that chooses to hire Tollinger to rid the town of its unsavoury elements.

Man With The Gun seems to be either a forgotten piece or a vastly under seen one, at the time of me writing this, it has just over 200 votes and a paltry 9 user comments written for it on IMDb. It's a shame on either score because although the production values scream out that this is a B movie Western, this is a fine entry in the Western genre. That the piece takes on a rather standard plot theme of an harangued town turning to an avenging dark angel, probably hasn't done the film any favours over the years, I myself read the synopsis and thought it's just another in the line of similarly themed pictures. Yet I was pleasantly surprised to find a darkly dramatic picture boasting many enjoyable moments, both technically and as a functioning story.

Robert Mitchum is in the lead as Tollinger, perfectly cast, he strides thru the picture like some brooding menace. We often talk about the screen presence that John Wayne and Charlton Heston had (justifiably of course), Mitchum is right up there with the best of them. One sequence here sees him standing in the shadows at the back of a room as a meeting takes place, we don't see his face, but we can feel that piercing brood staring out at us! The rest of the cast are also very much in Mitchum's shadow, so really it's solely with the big man where the film's acting credentials are high, perhaps it's unfair to single out Ted de Corsia for a kick, but Man With The Gun's minor failings are with its villains, and sadly de Corsia is lacking any sort of villainesque menace. The score from Alex North is excellently layered (fans of Spartacus will certainly be pricking their ears up) and the cinematography from Lee Garmes is highly impressive when one realises that the majority of this picture was shot on the studio lot. Directed and co-written by first time director Richard Wilson, Man With The Gun holds few surprises for the genre, but it's dark in tone, violent and above all else, highly watchable. 7.5/10
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on 13 August 2010
it was nice to watch this film without adverts in

C J Haywood
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on 29 March 2010
Robert Mitchum plays Clint, a drifter who is looking for a woman with whom he once had a relationship and a daughter. He finds out that the daughter is dead and the relationship with the woman who now works at the local dance-hall probably can't be rekindled. He stays in town anyhow when his gunfighting skills are noticed and he's hired to clean up the town...

This classic shoot-em-up scenario of the town tamer plays out well with Mitchum in classic rugged mode. His inevitable descent as the killings make the townsfolk worry that the cure might be worse than the disease is convincing. He works especially well in the scenes with the inept lawman, but he's less convincing in the inevitable romance sub-plot. Sometimes the romantic angle bogs down westerns, and it happens here with that element of the story not feeling necessary and making the overall story come over as more cliched than perhaps it should. That aside there's plenty of action and plenty of good character roles. This is not a classic by any means, but it is solid fare.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 10 August 2010
I was surprised to learn that Robert Mitchum had turned down the part of Jett Rink in "Giant", to make this film. A brave decision, and one that might indicate Mitchum was no mans fool. Apart from the role of Jett Rink which James Dean made his own, the film was a sprawling and very forgettable affair, whilst "Man with a Gun" which seemed a very minor western at the time has aged extremely well. The film marked the directorial debut of Orson Welles protege Richard Wilson. It seems some of the great mans talent rubbed off on Wilson who also co-wrote the very assured screenplay for this rather bleak western. Mitchum played a number of dark hued roles in which he was very well cast. One especially remembers Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter", and the even darker Raoul Walsh western "Pursued". To that list can be added the excellent "Man with a Gun".

In the film Mitchum plays Clint Tollinger, a Town Tamer by profession. When the law can no longer maintain order, then it is his job to come in and quieten things down, which is where the gun comes in. He rides into Sheridan City where they have exactly that problem. The local rancher has got too big for his boots, and uses his henchmmen to commit a long list of crimes, including murder. Tollinger is paid to stop this, and he goes about the business in a ruthlessly efficient manner, which begins to upset a few sensitive townsfolk. Tollinger also has the matter of his estranged wife, played by Jan Sterling on his mind. She now runs a group of saloon dancers in the town, and makes it clear that their previous split was an acrimonious one. Things head to a showdown in more ways than one.

The plot sounds all too familiar, but thankfully the script and direction lift it well above what could so easily have been just more generic fodder. Alex North's superbly well paced score also helps no end. He also provided the strong score for Mitchum's fine western "The Wonderful Country". The film contains many strong scenes, my favourite being the destruction of a much cherished chandelier. Mitchum who started out in movies as a heavy in Hopalong Cassidy films, is comfortable wearing a stetson and riding a horse. It is familiar territory for him. The cast is a very strong one. Emile Meyer who so memorably played the rancher Ryker in "Shane", giving a stirring speech in his rich and distinctive voice, plays the town blacksmith. Leo Gordon and Claude Akins both play heavies, as they both did so often with distinction. Veteran Henry Hull plays the ageing town Sheriff, whilst the beautiful and leggy Angie Dickinson shows the potential that was to make her such a big star, in a minor role as a dancer.

It was interesting to see that Wilson went on to use elements of this film in his later western "Invitation to a Gunfighter" starring Yul Brynner. In that film Brynner goes on a memorable orgy of destruction in a similar way that the Mitchum character does. Wilson brings strong emotions to his films, that give them such a black polish. He is a director who can leave his hallmark on a film and lift it above the average. This is another western that deserves to be better known. It is perhaps not as good as the very best in the western genre, but is a fine film well worth watching. As usual the Optimum western classics collection comes with no extras. All you get is the film.
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on 25 January 2017
dont bother watching it man as gun man shoots gun the end
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