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- kevin sellers
This second attempt to Americanize Kurosawa obviously did not learn two important lessons from the first effort, the much better "Magnificent 7"; not to take yourself too seriously, and above all to entertain. Obviously, director Martin Ritt and screenwriter Mike Kanin felt that they were making such an important statement about moral cowardice and human depravity that they felt no need to check on whether or not they were boring the bejesus out of us. Consequently, they ended up making a too talky, banana slug paced film that comes in at an hour and forty five min, but easily feels like twice that. Indeed, the writing and directing are so turgid that even some of my favorite actors, like Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, and William Shatner (yep, it's Denny Crain, back in the days when he was without humor or sexuality, playing a priest) cannot save it. Give it a very generous C 'cause of James Wong Howe's hauntingly beautiful cinematography, particularly in the rain storm scenes, and good stuff from Edward G. Robinson as an amoral con artist, and Howard Da Silva as a guilt haunted prospector.
- Marlene Gentile
If I had known that this was a movie of the sixties, I would not have watched it because I snobbishly consider myself a "classic" movie fan, and "classic" to me means before 1950. How foolish ... to the millennials and even some older people, the sixties have become classic. And,yes, as one reviewer commented, this was a racist movie, portraying a Mexican in a very stereotypical manner. In 2013, however, we know that this is/was an ethnic stereotyping, know it is wrong, but, hopefully, have learned to recognize and move beyond that issue. What amazed me about this movie was: 1) the amazing acting on the parts of movie greats. I always hated Edward G. Robinson and his gangster roles. "Outrage" made me realize how gifted an actor he truly was. 2) If the characters were replaced with anyone in any time, the blurred vision of "eyewitness testimonies" would always be relevant. 3) The movie uncovers some of the most important issues in life ... what is good? who is good? why do we do the things that we do? It is, after all, a very messy existence, and this film honestly portrays the complexity of life questions, no matter when and where they are being asked.
OUTSTANDING! An amazing story.
- Julianne Elandt
I orginally saw this movie when I was 14 with my older sister who use to drag me to the movies because she didn't want to go alone. Thank God for older sisters and mothers, that gave me the love of movies to this day. I was fasinated with this movie in 1964 as I am now. Wonderful performances by all, especially Paul Newman and my all time favorite that we lost at such an early age, Laurence Harvey. The conection to all the characters in this story, brought together by an incident that would outrage anyone, add 4 stories about what happened and you get a situation that keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing till the end. It's an exercise of our minds. LOVE this film, hope they bring it to us for more general viewing in the form of a CD real soon!
I've never heard of this film before but, when it said it starred Paul Newman, I wanted to watch. I was into the film about 30 minutes before I realized that Paul Newman was playing the bandit! This amazed me because his performance was so good, I hadn't even realized it was him! This is a rare movie in that ALL the players giveamazing performances! Edward G. Robinson, usually cast as a gangster, shines in this film; seeing him in a role like this really makes you realize how talented he was. Howard Da Silva and Claire Bloom both give great performances as well. But the performance given by William Shatner was a bit of a revelation. Now widely panned and remembered as Captain Kirk (Star Trek) and those cheesy Priceline commercials...it was a treat to see him in an earlier serious performance, where his real talent got to shine a bit prior to his Star Trek popularity. The concept of the film is interesting without being overly-complicated.It's definitely worth a look. In my mind, this is an Essential.
The Unsual Racism
First of all let me say that I saw Rashamon (1950) around 1968. And, I saw "Outrage" (1964) soon after that. I watched Robert Osborne's introduction tonight and again he, like so many others, overlooked the obvious racism of the American version of A.K.'s "Rashamon". In "Rashamon", all the characters were Japanese. In the Amerian (West) version, the Mexican, played by Paul Newman (really!) is the only really bad, evil, filthy, disgusting, animal, rapist, murderer in the film. I want to ask the general public a question: Would it have been okay for the rapist/murderer to have been an African American, played by someone who is not African American. Even back then, Blacks were treated with greater respect than Hispanics, as is the case today. Why? Kurasawa did not have the rapist/murderer be Black, or American, or something other than of the same race as all the other characters. I realize that most readers will find my complaint without value and even ridiculous. But I am tired of people ignoring that there are no Hispanic Heroes on TV or in the movies, not even in commercials. Hispanics are almost always portrayed as dumb, stupid, dirty, criminal, pathetic good-for-nothings. What can I (we) do to change this? It both makes me both sad and angry to see this "all the time".I want to get this message to Robert Osborne. I want him to make this issue/matter (conern) public and open to protest. How can I reach Robert Osborne?Thank you.Daniel Macias, Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist
In the spirit of The Magnificent Seven
- Brent Toleman
For fans of Akira Kurosawa, this remarkably faithful adaptation of Roshomon is fascinating to watch, in part for the homage and in part for the all star cast. Like the Magnificent Seven, the story travels well to the Old West and stands on its own whether you know the original movie or not. If you miss the credits, your eyes are not deceiving you - that really is Paul Newman hamming it up as a Mexican bandito. With Claire Bloom (rarely more beautiful in any film) as a Southern belle, Edward G. Robinson (pitch-perfect as the cynical traveller), and a young William Shatner looking more confused than forlorn.