The Naked Spur
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The powerhouse combination of star James Stewart and director Anthony Mann score another cinematic bullseye in The Naked Spur. Stewart plays a taciturn frontiersman who loses his home while he's off fighting the Civil War. To raise enough money for a new grubstake, Stewart becomes a bounty hunter in Colorado territory. His first quarry is fugitive, killer Robert Ryan. Stewart's efforts to bring in Ryan and collect the reward are compromised by the presence of Ryan's loyal girl friend Janet Leigh and Stewart's two disreputable sidekicks, wily prospector Millard Mitchell and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"This 1953 film has Janet Leigh in jeans, beautiful location shooting (and Technicolor cinematography) in the Rockies, and some of the most intense psychological warfare to be found in [director Anthony] Mann's angular and anguished oeuvre."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In this taut revenge Western, from Oscar-nominated script by Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack Bloom, Jimmy Stewart gives one of his best performances, revealing a darker facet to his screen persona that only a superb director like Anthony Mann could bring out"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wonderfully intense psychological Western built around a simple story of greed and the chance to start life over again after failure."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This rock-solid Western is brisk, terse, and full of excellent performances..and for once, a Jimmy Stewart film doesn't find its leading man stealing the show!"
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Mann never failed to deliver an astonishing ending to his Westerns, but this is one of his best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of Stewart's best tortured performances, showing his dark side. A must-see for Stewart buffs."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"His every move meets resistance. In this grim cavalcade of paranoia on the hoof, the verbal jabs never let up."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
" engrossing little film that doesn't flinch from showing us the worst in people, including the hero."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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