Man of the West
Man of the West (1958)

Anthony Mann's final foray into the western genre is a disturbing examination of man's baser instincts, rising in intensity to the level of Shakespearean tragedy. The film begins as seemingly naive Link (Gary Cooper) leaves his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 1991
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Cooper gives a characteristically virile performance, his dominance of the outlaws quietly believable, while London achieves some touching and convincing moments in a difficult role.

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Enrique Fernandez
Miami Herald

A tour de force for Cooper.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Anthony Mann's terrific final western is a potent examination of one man's battle against his own darker impulses.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

A superb Western, exemplifying Mann's capacity for integrating his interest in spectacle with a resonant narrative.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This late CinemaScope western by the great Anthony Mann achieves a tragic intensity and a monumental scenic splendor despite some serious handicaps.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Man of the West is a combination of the James Stewart Westerns that came before it and the epic ideas that would drive [Mann's] final few films.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

This is a small picture, but it does have a cryptic defiance and an aura of snakelike evil that gets one.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

Mann's direction is immaculate, making Reginald Rose's clearly allegorical, and sometimes forced, screenplay seem even better than it is.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mann's last western is a powerful film.

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cody franklin
Great looking Anthony Mann western that Goddard said was one of his favorites. Maybe back then with 50 westerns coming out every year it was original,but I… More