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- kevin sellers
This film is at its best when it's not hitting you over the head with its anti lynching message but is rather letting the relationships and conflicts between the characters take center stage. Fortunately, there are many such moments. Let's give it an A minus.
Film of shadow and light
Fine film of the 1940's, it feature one of Henry Fonda's very best "everyman" roles. Excellent assembly of actors: Dana Andrews, a young Harry Morgan, and several veterans of the John Ford films. Tough story told with few touches of the Hollywood gloss so typical of the 1930s and 40s. I can understand why Zanuck, Fonda, and Wyler wanted to work on the script, it is powerful. That said the move is a little bit heavy, the technique beautifully realized but heavy handed and until Fonda's wonderful reading of the letter at the end, it seems to only intermittently soar into the classic realm. Wonderful film, a few flaws, but well worth the viewing. For me it is one of finest "darker" westerns of the mid-20th Century.
A Twisted Tale
When I began to watch this movie it had already started but it was so interesting I continued to watch. The more I watched the more riveting it became but it took me for a loop. This movie was not meant to entertain audiences but rather to bring awareness regarding themes such as: racism, fairness, pride, hate, mercy, greed, responsibility, guilt, lawlessness, and most of all, about having a conscience. The end of this movie was unique and left me stunned. I felt honored to have seen it, for it was full of purpose and meaning.
The Ox-Bow Parliament
Democracy in action!
The Ox Bow Incident: Legendary Film
- Doc Long
The Ox-Bow Incident makes a strong case to be considered the finest movie ever made. It has all the ingredients necessary including an Academy Award winning- and motion picture visionary- in Director Wild Bill Wellman along with three time Oscar winner for Best Cinematography in Arthur C. Miller. Academy Award winning stars Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn & Jane Darwell grace the story with focused sincerity. Prodigious character actors Harry Davenport, Marc Lawrence and Harry Morgan team with Tony Award winner Frank Conroy and legendary minority film pioneer Leigh Whipper to provide performances that grab the audience and make for active participation by the viewer. Not to be overlooked is the presentation of aged human foibles by Frances Ford, who in real life is the older brother of noted director John Ford. "Everyman" star Dana Andrews burns the screen up with his portrayal as a victim of social injustice.However- the real star is the tale itself. Based upon a 1940 novel of the same title written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, the plot simmers like the caged heat of a pressure cooker against a backdrop of the cold and dreary western night. The film as well as the book takes a scathing look at justice, mob rule, truth, bravery & the role of law in the old west- or in contemporary society- anywhere the "little man" is preyed upon by powerful people.Filmed during the ominous days during the Summer of '42, the message of this- the first "modern" western-was not evaluated by the studio effectively because the money people are concerned more with profit than art. Never a money-maker in its day- even though it was filmed on a back lot budget of $565,000- this exceptional picture was well received by critics and appreciated enough by Hollywood itself to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Only 75 minutes in length, the fast paced experience leaves one limp with emotional exhaustion.
The Ox-Bow Incident
Overall-4/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-3/5Screenplay-5/5Score-3/5Title Sequence-3/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
- Fonda Dana Quinn
Powerful drama,appreciate more with each viewing.Great book.Lynching as anything but justice was never shown more powerfully.Quinn's best for me are Ox-Bow and Guns Of Navarone.
The Ox Bow Murders
- Fonda Dana
Another great movie proving what happens when not all facts are known,mob drunk on human blood.Nazis in cowboy garb very apparent
Who's Rash in Rush to Justice now
- No Room For Error
The Purple Heart showed captured fliers fighting for justice.This is a lynch mob of same caliber as Nazis and Tojo in WWII.Conviction in the mob's hearts is never justice,whether a gay black man in 1998's BLIND FAITH,To Kill A Mockingbird,The Purple Heart or many other wonderful films.As Errol Flynn's Robin Hood said,"It's Injustice I hate,not the Normans!"
- MARLENE RANTZ
THIS MOVIE WAS A GREAT MOVIE! I NOTICE THAT THE PERFORMANCES BY HENRY FONDA AND DANA ANDREWS WERE PREFERRED PERFORMANCES-I MIGHT HAVE CHOSEN FRANK CONROY'S PERFORMANCE(HIS FACIAL EXPRESSION WHILE WILLIAM EYTHE WAS TAUNTING HIM WAS OUTSTANDING!), BUT THAT WOULD BE SO UNFAIR TO THE OTHER ACTORS, BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL SO GOOD! AN INTERESTING PLOT WITH GREAT ACTING EQUAL A GREAT MOVIE!
What Happens When Mob Rules Prevail
- Dana fan
What a significant picture of what no one would admit to as happening in Nazi Germany and elsewhere and also today
The Ox-bow Incident
- Dashiell Barnes
William Wellman's study of mob justice is a dramatic & great story. Henry Fonda is great as a cynical & weary rancher who plunges himself into a group of very, & I mean "Very," nasty people. Dana Andrews is terrific as one of the doomed lynch victims & he will bring tears into your eyes. An incredibly moving & terrific film to add to the western genre. I give it a 4/5.
I'm glad I caught it.
Not a good role for Fonda
- Jarrod McDonald
I think if this film had come along later in Fonda's career he would've taken the role of the Christ figure played by Andrews. The script and direction basically hand the picture over to Dana Andrews. Fonda and Morgan are relegated to the sidelines during much of the story's main action, functioning as onlookers and having less commentary on the proceedings that the supporting cast! Even though Fonda gets top billing he is not integral to the plot (until arguably the end). In 'My Darling Clementine,' he also gets top billing but loses that picture to Victor Mature.
One of my favorite films.
This is wonderful story - and brilliantly put on the screen. A movie way ahead of it's time. After The Searchers, I think this is the 2nd best western ever made. Look for the little dog at the opening of the film and just before the end.
great film, great performances.
great acting captured on film, not just by fonda, but by most of the cast. i remember being absorbed into this film, with no escape from the inevitable outcome. you can sense it in the opening scenes, and the energy builds and builds... like hopelessly trying to stop a runaway freight train. i am so glad to see the four star rating. fonda at his best in his early years, along with grapes of wrath. great film. and maw gave me nightmares.
ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER!
- Mary Melinda Kinnaird
Everyone should see this film. I'm not a western fan, but I do like both Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda, so I watched this film. I am so glad I did. It is one of the best films ever! It's one of the most moving and beautifully made films I have ever seen. This film will stay with you long after the end credits. It's a powerful film that has become one of my all-time favorites. SEE THIS MOVIE!!