Ride Lonesome
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This is one of several solid B-grade Westerns produced at the height of the genre's popularity in the '50s by the partnership of director Budd Boetticher, star Randolph Scott, and writer Burt Kennedy. Scott stars as Ben Brigade, a taciturn bounty hunter who captures wanted murderer Billy John (James Best) and heads for Santa Cruz, where a reward awaits Brigade and a rope most likely awaits the killer. There's more to Brigade than meets the eye, however; his actual quarry is Frank (Lee Van Cleef), his prisoner's brother and the man who killed Brigade's wife. At a trading… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beautifully scripted by Burt Kennedy, with excellent performances all round as the characters evolve through subtly shifting loyalties and ambitions, it's a small masterpiece."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Perhaps the best in the "Ranown" series, alongside Seven Men from Now, Ride Lonesome one never once strikes a wrong note."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There is hardly any pretense of action or suspense as the characters move, almost aimlessly, through an open landscape, testing each other's strengths and weaknesses through conversations that become psychological chess games."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A model of the genre."
‑ , Film4
"Richly styled Western with some of the most sympathetic characters in Budd Boetticher."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Perhaps the best made B Western ever."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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