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Gun Fury

6.01 h 22 min1953U
A rough and tumble tale of a psychotic gunman and the hero determined to stop him. Stars Rock Hudson and Donna Reed.
Raoul Walsh
Rock HudsonDonna ReedPhil Carey
English [CC]
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Roberta HaynesLeo GordonLee MarvinNeville Brand
Lewis J. Rachmil
Columbia Pictures
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4.0 out of 5 stars

54 global ratings

  1. 53% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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A. W. WilsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
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This review is for the COLUMBIA CLASSICS DVD. A good 4.3 ratio transfer, good colour, clear sound plus optional English subs. The film - coming from director Raoul Walsh you might be entitled to expect a slightly better film? Something about it doesn't quite gell, whether it's the direction or the misuse of a stellar support cast (surely Marvin and Brand were well into establishing their credits as reliable heavies, and tho Marvin comes out best, Brand is utterly wasted), or the fact that for a western of the period the story is just a bit distasteful? I don't know. I feel criticism of Rock can be a bit harsh sometimes. I like him in this - high wide and handsome - and Donna Reed does her best with a difficult role. For me the film is worth seeing for Leo Gordon, and the location filming. Not a bad western in the scheme of things, just not a great one. Very cheap too here on Amazon
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Samuel BarberReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Rock Hudson and Lee Marvin
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Despite the good cast, this isn't a good film. It's similar to 'Hangman's Knot' replacing Rock Hudson with Randolph Scott. Lee Marvin is a bit low profile in this film, whereas in 'Hangman's Knot' he was a real threat to Randolph Scott. I would say stay away from this film and watch 'Hangman's Knot' instead.
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Mrs. Linda PhibbsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable old film.
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A+ speedy delivery. Item just as described. Very pleased. Thank you.
BUBS.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
enjoyable b western
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this ain't a bad effort to be fair ,when rock hudsons fiancee gets kidnapped by outlaws he sets out after her looking for revenge from the outlaws that left him for dead .he gets some help along the way and the film kept me interested right till the end ,seen a lot worse westerns than this film the scenery is ok and its filmed in an early 3d attempt which adds a little more interest .3 stars is about its limits though.
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Mr. Martin J. G. DawsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Above average story line
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Rock Hudson is a bit wooden in the lead but Phil Carey is excellent as the villain
Spike OwenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Whilst tackling the 3-D gimmick they forgot to form the characters.
Gun Fury is directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Phillip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin & Neville Brand. It's adapted from the novel Ten Against Caesar written by Kathleen B. George & Robert A. Granger. Cinematographer is Lester White, with Sedona, Arizona used for the location work. It is a Technicolor production out of Columbia Pictures.

Plot sees Hudson as Civil War veteran Ben Warren, who after meeting up with Jennifer (Reed), the girl he is soon to marry, catches the stage to Haynesville. But little do they know that two of the passengers (Carey & Gordon) that are travelling with them are outlaws who are after the strongbox on board the coach. Once the hold-up occurs a fight breaks out and during the mêlée Ben is shot and presumed dead . The outlaws flee taking Jennifer with them. But Ben is not dead, and now he's after them. Having recently turned pacifist, just what will he do to get his love back unharmed?.

Originally presented in 3-D on its release, Gun Fury is a brisk Western that unsurprisingly given it's director's keen eye for such things, isn't found wanting for action. However, for depth of story and character studies, it's not one too get excited about. Which is a shame because there's definitely scope within the plot to expand some of the protagonists psychological themes. Still, if one is after a quick fix of Western action staples then this serves its purpose. Gun play, horse pursuits and even fist fights in the water, Walsh delivers pulse raising scenes set in amongst the gorgeous back drops of Sedona. But be warned, the finale is some what tepid and doesn't do justice to what had gone before it.

Cast wise Hudson is solid enough but is blown off the screen by both Carey & Gordon. While Reed is attractive and professional in what is a pretty undemanding role. In the support cast there's the added bonus of having tough guys Marvin & Brand playing villains. The score from uncredited Arthur Morton & Mischa Bakaleinikoff links the narrative well enough, and there's some fun to be had with the 3-D moments as various items are launched at the screen. So a safe time filler for Western fans then, but it could, and should, have been much more. 6/10
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Bob SalterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Routine Revenge Saga.
"Gun Fury"(53) is an interesting western directed by the Hollywood veteran Raoul Walsh, who directed other films from the same genre such as "The Big Trail"(30), "They Died with their Boots on"(41) and perhaps his best western, the dark "Pursued"(47). His last film "A Distant Trumpet"(64), was also a western. He could best be described as a competent director, but one without the required flair to leave his own unique prints on a film that would lift them above others of the same type. He was strictly second tier compared to the likes of Howard Hawks, Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher, John Ford and even the under rated Delmer Daves. But that is not to say he didn't make some good films. Unfortunately this is not one of his better films, although it is not that bad.

In the film Rock Hudson plays a farmer with pacifist leanings following his experiences in the civil war. He comes to meet his beautiful fiancée played by the lovely Donna Reed, remember her from Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life"(46)? They meet in a western town and head off on a stagecoach which is later ambushed by outlaws who make off with Donna, leaving poor old Rock for dead. Not giving him the "coup de grace" is a big mistake, and when Rock wakes up he is hell bent on revenge, and his pacifist leanings go out of the window. He teams up with another bandit and a wronged Indian to hunt the gang down. Will they catch up? Will Rock get his beloved Donna back?

The film is based on the book "Ten Against Caesar" by Kathleen B George and Robert A Granger. The screenplay was co written by Roy Huggins and Irving Wallace. Huggins wrote and directed the extremely good "Hangmans Knot"(52). Wallace went on to become a best selling author. The film was made in 3-D, or what was known as depthies in the trade, so a lot of missiles are rather disconcertingly thrown in the cinemagoers direction for effect. The support cast of the film is extremely strong. Lee Marvin and Neville Brand are both memorable as menacing gang members, and Leo Gordon is excellent as the gang member with a conscience. Philip Carey is good as the Slayton gang leader. Donna Read is of course perfect in her role. The only sticking point is Rock Hudson, whose performance is a bit frenetic and out of kilter with the story and his supposed peaceful beliefs. There is no sign of any inner turmoil, in fact no sign of much of anything! Hudson was a limited actor at best, and he looks a bit out of his depth. He also made another western for Walsh that same year "The Lawless Breed", where he played the gunfighter John Wesley Hardin. He did not really find real mega fame until the awful, get your hankies out, "Magnificent Obsession"(54). Yuck and double yuck! Sadly his acting did not improve much! Other problems with the film are unnecessary plot devices like throwing in a stereo type Indian with a grudge for no apparent reason. It does not help the film flow seamlessly!

On the plus side there is some good location filming and the stunt riders from the Hollywood posse are kept busy. Phil Carey's gang leader is ruthless for the time, and his intentions towards Donna it is made clear from the start are not honorable. No problems spotting the bad guy! He has also kidnapped Indian women in the past. He is the precursor of such evil outlaws as the likes of "Blue Duck" from "Lonesome Dove". A refreshingly accurate depiction of an outlaw for the time. Aside from these points it is a pretty routine film. Despite all the flaws I still enjoyed it. As the great American poet Walt Whitman said "Do I contradict myself? Very well I contradict myself". Always a useful quote when you forget what you have said in the past! It is a western, and it has to be pretty bad for me not to enjoy it. Probably deserves three and a half stars, but rules is rules! Three stars
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J. birdReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A surprisingly good western with good solid performances and marvelous cinematography
A surprisingly good western with good solid performances and marvelous cinematography. I like Raoul Walsh's westerns and this one is no exception. The reviews I've read on here are a little harsh and too critical I believe.. It's a great storyline, the acting is excellent, Rock Hudson turns in a more than adequate performance, and the rest of the cast are solid too, particularly Philip Carey as Slayton, the gang leader. If you love westerns you will tuck into this with glee.. 7.5 out of 10. Buy it, Watch It, Enjoy it.
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