The Far Country

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

A strange, almost self-conscious, Western from one of the greatest practioners of the form. Like other Mann efforts , THE FAR COUNTRY is noteworthy for the parable starkness of its story and its flawless command of landscape photography. His films also have the most articulated moments of combat in the cinema: issues of honor, betrayal, violence, and death...read more

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A strange, almost self-conscious, Western from one of the greatest practioners of the form. Like other Mann efforts , THE FAR COUNTRY is noteworthy for the parable starkness of its story and its flawless command of landscape photography. His films also have the most articulated moments of

combat in the cinema: issues of honor, betrayal, violence, and death figure prominently.

Partners Jeff (Stewart) and Ben (Brennan) travel north from Wyoming to the Oregon Territory with a herd of cattle, planning to sell the steers for a fortune in the gold-boom towns. They arrive in the town of Skagway, where the self-appointed judge, Mr. Gannon (McIntire), takes the herd from them.

Jeff steals his cattle back, and goes to the town of Dawson, where he is befriended by a saloonkeeper, Ronda (Roman). She decides to help him against Mr. Gannon and his men, who will stop at nothing to get the herd back.

One of the most engrossing and original Westerns made in the 1950s, THE FAR COUNTRY was the fifth collaboration of producer Aaron Rosenberg, director Anthony Mann, and James Stewart. The film benefits greatly from the presence of James Stewart and his barely suppressed malevolence as the hero.

Mann's strong and thoughtful direction, the sturdy script by Borden Chase, and the beautiful cinematography of the northern wilderness all contribute to make this an outstanding film.

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