Jubal

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Sagebrush Shakespeare--a pistol-packin' Othello, deftly done. Shot among the magnificent Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming, JUBAL is named for its protagonist, Ford, a drifter who arrives in the area and takes a job at the ranch owned by Borgnine. When Borgnine's sensuous wife, French, comes on to Ford, Steiger, her ex-lover, is enraged and plots to get...read more

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Sagebrush Shakespeare--a pistol-packin' Othello, deftly done. Shot among the magnificent Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming, JUBAL is named for its protagonist, Ford, a drifter who arrives in the area and takes a job at the ranch owned by Borgnine. When Borgnine's sensuous wife, French,

comes on to Ford, Steiger, her ex-lover, is enraged and plots to get rid of the stranger. French admits her feelings to her husband, so he attacks Ford who kills him. While Steiger is aware of what really happened, he recruits a posse to lynch Ford and beats and rapes French.

Steiger is wonderfully mean in a role not unlike Judd in OKLAHOMA or any of several other villains he's played. The battle lines are drawn early, and the suspense mounts as we wait for the inevitable conclusion between Ford and Steiger. Instead of concentrating on the scenery and the vistas (the

way Kasdan did in his imitative SILVERADO), Daves elects to examine humanity, and the result is an unusually good story that could fit in almost any milieu. Charles Bronson, as one of the ranch hands, gives no indication of his coming stardom.

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  • Review: Sagebrush Shakespeare--a pistol-packin' Othello, deftly done. Shot among the magnificent Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming, JUBAL is named for its protagonist, Ford, a drifter who arrives in the area and takes a job at the ranch owned by Borgnine. When Borg… (more)

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