Forty Guns
Forty Guns (1957)

This Sam Fuller western contains elements and production techniques that were to show up in spaghetti westerns of the '60s. Fuller's West was a violent, lawless place, lacking the moral grounding found in typical genre entries.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Offers the anticipated measures of doomed love and sudden death but surprises with its dramatic richness.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Chris Buckle
The Skinny

An early example of genre revisionism, but the tone isn't always so serious thanks to some of the most overt innuendo ever put on screen.

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Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia

... 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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Quintessential American action cinema.

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Brian Holcomb

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.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

Stanwyck, by turns imperious and sly, dominates the movie.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

As brash, unsubtle, and pointed as Fuller's best work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
One wacky-doodlely Freudian Western. "She's a high ridin' woman with a whip . . . But if someone could break her and take her whip away,… More
William Sleet
"She's a high-riding woman with a whip" The idea of Barbara Stanwyck galloping around the prairie in a stetson, cracking a whip, is… More
Ken Stachnik
Great western with some really nice unexpected twists. Love that gun barrel shot. Looks like Sam Fuller beat James Bond to the punch.
Stella Dallas
this was fun. barbara stanwyck plays the cattle queen of cochise county, with her own army of 40 gunmen. of course she's just waiting for the man who can… More
Saskia D.
Although the story didn't really appeal to me, I liked how it was filmed. The shots were diverse and creative, it reminded me a little of Hitchcock's… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Forty Guns" takes place in 1881 when Griff(Barry Sullivan), Wes(Gene Barry) and Chico(Robert Dix) Bonnell are federal marshals… More