Forty Guns
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Cult hero Samuel Fuller wrote and directed this visually inventive western, which didn't fare well with American audiences but earned a potent reputation with European cineastes. Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) is a despotic landowner who, with a posse of hired guns, has made herself the law of Cochise County, Arizona, with the weak-willed sheriff Ned Logan (Dean Jagger) knuckling under to her demands. One day, Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan), a one-time gunfighter turned United States Marshall, arrives with his brothers Wes (Gene Barry) and Chico (Robert Dix) to restore democratic law… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fuller's comic book world is a complete artistic creation, a place where men were MEN and women could take a bullet now and then."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"Stanwyck, by turns imperious and sly, dominates the movie."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"As brash, unsubtle, and pointed as Fuller's best work."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Here is Sam Fuller in top gear, as writer, director and producer, with a Western that is solidly crafted and brilliantly cast. Barbara Stanwyck is at her peak, although her peak lasted decades"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Stanwyck is as stunning and fiery as she was all the way back in Baby Face (1933), and she helps make this one of the best Westerns of its day."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"... sexual energy and psychotic violence that explodes onscreen in staccato editing, darting camerawork, and the maddest expressions of love this side of Duel in the Sun."
‑ Sean Axmaker, St@tic Multimedia
"Quintessential American action cinema."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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