The Lusty Men

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports, Western

Director Nicholas Ray was a master of the offbeat film, and this brilliant contemporary western, easily the best movie ever made about rodeo (see also JUNIOR BONNER, J.W. COOP and RODEO), is no exception. Washed-up rodeo champion Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) takes a job on the ranch of Wes and Louise Merritt (Arthur Kennedy and Susan Hayward), and, with...read more

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Director Nicholas Ray was a master of the offbeat film, and this brilliant contemporary western, easily the best movie ever made about rodeo (see also JUNIOR BONNER, J.W. COOP and RODEO), is no exception. Washed-up rodeo champion Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) takes a job on the ranch of Wes

and Louise Merritt (Arthur Kennedy and Susan Hayward), and, with his guidance, Wes becomes a rodeo star. Meanwhile, Louise leads on the infatuated Jeff to insure his continued training of her husband, but, when Wes gets too big for his britches, Jeff goes head to swelled head with him in rodeo

competition, with tragic results. THE LUSTY MEN is full of action and dangerous stunts, photographed beautifully by master cinematographer Lee Garmes. Ray's direction is superb, and all three leads give bravura performances. Based on a Life magazine story by Claude Stanush, and coscripted by

cowboy David Dortort, its screenplay presents classical situations, full of poetry and destiny. In his search for realism, Ray took his cameras on location, filming rodeos in Tucson, Arizona, Spokane, Washington, Pendleton, Oregon, and Livermore, California, using a host of real rodeo stars such

as Gerald Roberts, Jerry Ambler, and Les Sanborn.

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  • Review: Director Nicholas Ray was a master of the offbeat film, and this brilliant contemporary western, easily the best movie ever made about rodeo (see also JUNIOR BONNER, J.W. COOP and RODEO), is no exception. Washed-up rodeo champion Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitch… (more)

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