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In my comments below I did not mean to write "convicted." I meant to type the word "conflicted". James Stewart plays a conflicted hero. Dumb computer has auto-correct or something.
adventure and spectacular scenery
What makes this film so enjoyable is James Stewart as the convicted and vulnerable hero. He does this in all of his westerns and the result is a truly believable character and one with whom the audience can identify and support. His friendship with the almost childlike character portrayed by Walter Brennan is endearing. They make a great team. Corrine Calvert is wonderful as "Freckle Face" and she adds such a warm touch to the rugged world in which they all live and she is in direct contrast to the more scheming and mature Rhonda played by Ruth Roman. You want Stwart's character to finally connect with Freckle Face. Harry Morgan appears in several of James Stewart's films and this man who played the benevolent Colonel Potter on MASH for years shows his versatility. He can be very menacing as a bad guy in these westerns. Joh McIntyre is equally disturbing as the corrupt lawman from the US side of the border. The scenery (filmed in Jasper National Park in Canada) is breathtaking. Even the town of Dawson with its Hash House and muddy roads helps to create a sense of what the Klondike and the Gold Rush years might have been like. This is a rock solid film. I am always pleased to see it on TCM.
response to previous review
- kevin sellers
As I got closer and closer to the end of Jeff's review I was saying to myself, "Is it possible that for once this right wing homophobe will actually stick to the film under discussion and not come out with a comment that is, well, right wing and homophobic? I grew more and more hopeful, in fact I was actually rooting for the big goof...and then came the typically lame anti SF comment in the very last line. Oh well. Cultural Tourettes is a tough disease to lick. Better luck next time, Jeff.
Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings
- Jeff Boston
Like the Bogart characters of the forties, Stewart's character gradually comes around, as we knew he would, with help from those whom care about him, like his sidekick ("You're wrong, Jeff") and Freckle Face ("You've got to help people when they need help"). Plenty of realistic beards in this film, during a decade when even the most dastardly of Wild West devils were almost always portrayed by constantly clean shaven actors. You even have bear stew at the Hash House and homage paid to Jonas Sockels Assayer, but the best part of the film was when Stewart's real man character was asked if he liked San Francisco. His reply: "No."
- kevin sellers
Like many films where the scenery is the star the story is underwhelming (basically a variation on the shopworn "You Can Push A Man Only So Far Until He Fights Back!" scenario) as well as being utterly predictable. Let's just say that at no point in this movie's hour and forty minutes was I even a little worried that Stewart would not shed his dark, selfish Ruth Roman side for the good, perky, spunky, adorable leetle Fransh girl, Corinne Calvet. And if the foregoing description sounds like I agree with previous reviewer Denscul that Calvet's character is like nails on a chalkboard then so be it. (Denscul and I usually have polar opposite takes on actors and films, but not this time.) However, Anthony Mann is one of the better action directors that ever graced Tinseltown and Borden Chase's screenplay is properly laconic, as befits the Western genre, (although, like most western scenarists, he does guys a helluva lot better than gals) and is Jimmy Stewart ever anything less than compelling on screen? So for those reasons, as well as John Mc Intyre's suavely evil take on the Alaskan Roy Bean, let's give this film a generous B. P.S. Does it tick you off as much as it does me to see great character actors like Harry Morgan and Jack Elam woefully under utilized?
Enjoyable movie to watch. Stewart plays a character I didn't expect. In fact, certain actions of his in the movie were out of character from other movies he starred in. Brennan is good as always.
A good Alaskan Frontier Western
A good story, good acting and wonderful cinematography. Jimmy Stewart in the mist of changing his screen personna with Anthony Mann's direction.
A So-so Western
I like James Stewart, but not so much in this western. He didn't seem to embody the Jeff Webster character. I didn't believe Stewart when he said he didn't like people. When he hesitated in helping the avalanche victims, I actually saw him riding to them as soon as the snow began rumbling. McIntire was great as Gannon and Roman was a good Ronda Castle. Of course Walter Brennan was the too-talkie Ben Tatum perfectly. The character, Renee Vallon, was extremely annoying. So, if that was supposed to be her M.O., Calvet played her well.
Waste of talent, scenery
- den scul
Talent great, thought Corrine Calvert was cute but "what's a nice girl like you doing in a Yukon mining came?" Considering Jimmy Stewart and sidekick Walter Brennan were about same actual age, Jimmy was getting a little too old to play this part . The best actor was James McIntyre, one of those evil, but you can't help but liking until the last five minutes. And where did the writers get the idea that gold miners talked about "striking it rich?" They waited until they got to San Francisco. Even those who didn't find gold, didn't want to let someone know they might be carrying dust. The Yukon gold rush had something in common with all strikes. It was a dog eats dog existence where friendships were few and far between. And it was one of the few Western era films that were accurate as for carrying a Winchester or Colt. That was the only protection available. Again, why would anyone brag about their strikes?
Great performance by Jimmy Stewart on a beautiful Canadian location.
The exteriors for this movie were actually shot in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (NOT Alaska). The shots are stunning and the cast reportedly suffered from the cold on the location shoot. The exerior shots are one of the elements elevate this movie from a run-of-the-mill Western to a believable and involving storyline.
Far Country is a beautiful western shot on location in Alaska. Jimmy Stewart gives yet another great performance, alongside the great Walter Brennan. This has everything you would want in a western, with the added bonus of breath taking Alaskan scenery.