The Ox-Bow Incident
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The Ox-Bow Incident
This now-classic indictment of mob rule was a pet project of both star Henry Fonda and director William Wellman, both of whom agreed to work on lesser 20th Century-Fox projects in exchange for this film. After a hard winter on the range, cowboys Gil Carter (Fonda) and Art Croft (Harry Morgan) ride into a fleabitten small town for a drink. Within minutes, they get mixed up in a barroom brawl, which earns them the animosity of the locals. By and by, word reaches town that a local rancher has been killed by rustlers. With the sheriff out of town, a lynch mob is formed under the leadership of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Apesar do final que soletra a mensagem do filme, é um western atípico, denso e, principalmente, corajoso para sua época."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"In contrast to the familiar Western device of the hero obliged to take the law into his own hands… a grim, messy cautionary tale about vigilante justice and mob rule."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Movies dealing with law and order rarely fall out of fashion simply because their themes remain forever relevant. This classic Western is no exception."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It should tell you something that this was among Orson Welles' favourite films"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) is a grim, low-budget Western masterpiece from director William A. Wellman - based upon the famed novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"It holds up as the best anti-lynching film ever made."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the top movie westerns."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...the movie suggests we had better look to doing the right and decent thing before we act on a majority decision made in the heat of the moment."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Packs a pretty incredible emotional punch in its brief 75 minutes."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"One of the first probes of mob lynch, Wellman's grim, uncompromising expose was critically acclaimed but failed, perhaps because it was released during WWII, when viewers wanted more escapist entertainment"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Were it not for the horses, the script as filmed could easily be performed on the stage as a three-act play."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"one of the saddest movies ever produced"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Studio-bound (it looks like a 50s TV film), but powerful"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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