The Naked Spur
The Naked Spur (1953)

In this film, James 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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 1, 1953
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

His every move meets resistance. In this grim cavalcade of paranoia on the hoof, the verbal jabs never let up.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis engrossing little film that doesn't flinch from showing us the worst in people, including the hero.

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Fernando F. Croce

A plein air chamber piece and a masterwork of location shooting

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wonderfully intense psychological Western built around a simple story of greed and the chance to start life over again after failure.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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!

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Mann never failed to deliver an astonishing ending to his Westerns, but this is one of his best.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of Stewart's best tortured performances, showing his dark side. A must-see for Stewart buffs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
As "The Naked Spur" opens, Jimmy Stewart has met an old prospector up in the hills and has hired him on to help track down a dangerous fugitive. This… More
jay nixon
Better than average western benefits from strong direction, beautiful color photography and most of all an excellent cast. Jimmy Stewart is properly gruff and… More
Randy Tippy
One-dimensional characters and corny situations stand between <i>The Naked Spur</i> and broad appeal. Still, Jimmy Stewart can make ANY script seem… More
Ken Stachnik
Not quite as good as Winchester 73', but still a lot of fun.
Aj V
Another boring confusing stupid western that I did not like. Of course there are good actors in this movie, so maybe you'd like it if you like westerns.
xGary Xx
Another bracing western from the James Stewart/Anthony Mann stable sees Stewart as a rancher forging an uneasy alliance with an old prospector and an AWOL… More