Directed by Anthony Mann
I did not take a whole lot away from this movie so it is hard for me to write a decent review of it. This is the third Mann-Stewart film that we have had on the list and I am afraid that we peaked a bit too early with The Naked Spur. There was nothing particularly wrong with the movie, but it brought absolutely nothing new to the table.
This story is pretty typical for a Western. James Stewart wants to avenge his brother's death. His brother was killed by Apaches (naturally) so he tries to figure out who is selling supplies to the Apache. Along the way, he locks horns with some of the locals.
Off the top of my head, I could name about ten westerns that are all slight variations on this theme. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with this story, besides the blatant racism. My favorite western is The Searchers, which also deals with revenge and those damn Injuns. However, many westerns have done this kind of story better. As is, this movie is slightly dull and very predictable.
Still, Jimmy Stewart is a great actor so the movie automatically gets points for that. But this is an entirely dispensable western and I would recommend skipping it.
As of last weekend, I have seen all of the Best Picture winners. WOOHOO! A lot of those movies were really dull, particularly the older ones, so if you are going to follow a list, I would recommend the 1001 list. You know, if you are willing to watch around 920 more movies than you originally planned.
Considered to be the western version of King Lear.
Last of the Mann-Stewart westerns.