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Desperate for money, frontier rancher Van Heflin holds outlaw Glenn Ford at gunpoint, intending to collect the $200 reward. While both men await the train to Yuma that will escort Ford to prison, the cagey outlaw offers Heflin $10,000 if he'll set Ford free. The rest of the film is a sweat-inducing cat-and-mouse game between captive and captor, interrupted with bursts of violence from both Ford's gang (commandeered by Richard Jaeckel) and the vacillating townsfolk.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The compositions evoke a kind of open-air claustrophobia ..."
‑ , New Yorker
"This is a first-rate action picture -- a respectable second section to High Noon."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Like The Gunfighter and Winchester '73, 3:10 to Yuma is one of those defining '50s Westerns that is well-known by film buffs but has never reached the familiarity level of a High Noon or Shane."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The film is something of a classic and boasts a terrific ending."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The new 3:10 to Yuma will have to be quite a film to stand up to the original."
‑ Bruce Dancis, Sacramento Bee
"A portrait of storytelling made for and by the Silent Generation, an audience all too familiar with the world's spooky, white-knuckled moral twilight."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"It's of necessity a talkative film, with Ford working on Heflin's nerves in a stream of Machiavellian banter, but one held in perfect balance by Daves, who keeps the tension strung taut."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Distinguished by its thoughtfulness regarding the nature of Western heroism, as defined not only by dead-eye gunplay, but by family, community, and moral rectitude. [Criterion Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Although not as nerve-wracking as High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma is even more claustrophobic… and the two-character drama is more intriguing than High Noon's protagonist standing alone."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"A sturdy genre piece."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"That the climax fizzles must be laid on doorstep of Halsted Welles, who adapts Elmore Leonard's story quite well until that point."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Despite an abundance of talk, this 1957 film is often considered [Daves'] best."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Daves isn't interested in cynicism. Redemption is probably too big a stretch as well, but there's plenty of room in-between."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"No amount of climactic train smoke can mask the fact that the finale is fancifully optimistic gibberish."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The minutes tick toward 3:10, and all we can do is watch and hope that it all turns out ok. That's the best kind of Western, one that allows feelings like that to emerge while watching."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
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