The Ox-Bow Incident
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

This fact-based western stars Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan as drifters who attempt to stop a lynching of three men accused of the murder of a rancher. William Wellman's study of mob mentality is universally acclaimed as one of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 1943
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Chief fault is that the picture over-emphasizes the single hanging incident of the novel, and there's not enough other action.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It holds up as the best anti-lynching film ever made.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

One of the top movie westerns.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It has the virtue of uncompromising truth.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Were it not for the horses, the script as filmed could easily be performed on the stage as a three-act play.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Apesar do final que soletra a mensagem do filme, é um western atípico, denso e, principalmente, corajoso para sua época.

Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Movies dealing with law and order rarely fall out of fashion simply because their themes remain forever relevant. This classic Western is no exception.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A lynch mob accuses three men of murder, but evidence mounts that they may be innocent. This is one of those few films in which the most interesting character… More
Randy Tippy
A sentimental but powerful film with more memorable moments and classic one liners than you can shake a stick at. Undoubtedly ranks among the greatest westerns… More
Devon Bott
Henry Fonda, with his roles in The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men and The Ox Bow Incident, has a tendency to take on roles of the morally just, or at least the… More
Stephen M
When news filters into town that one of their own has been murdered and his livestock rustled, a posse of farmers with a yen for a lynching rides into the… More
Conner Rainwater
Great movie, my only complaint is that it ended. Henry Fonda gave a great performance as did most of the cast. It's a great story about the justice system… More
Stella Dallas
hangin's any man's business that's around