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Decision at Sundown(1957)

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  • decision at sundown

    • kevin sellers
    • 4/22/18

    A western where the hero is by far the darkest character and whose future, at the end, is much bleaker than the bad guy's, it's also a movie where the key character, the one who sets the whole story in motion...a promiscuous wife who has killed herself before the film opens...is never seen. Welcome to the world of director Budd Boetticher, where the conventions of the western genre, such as protagonists with iron clad moral codes who triumph in the end, and despicable antagonists who meet deservedly awful fates, are cheerfully subverted, amended, and in some cases thrown out altogether. If such experimentation appeals to you, as it does to me, then you will find "Decision At Sundown" a most interesting work. Indeed I rank it near the top of this director's oeuvre, placing it just below "Ride Lonesome," and "Seven Men From Now," mostly due to the overly talky, somewhat pretentious screenplay (Boetticher really misses the laconic and perceptive Burt Kennedy here) and this director's regrettable penchant for casting lousy actresses in important roles. Give it an A minus. P.S. Hauntingly lovely theme by a movie composer I've not heard of, Heinz Roemheld.

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    • Teddy Kaye
    • 6/30/09

    Randolph Scott gambles by playing a character seeking vengeance and appears to be acting outside of the law. His character seems to be a villain and yet we pull for him because we can see the real villain is the town leader played by actor John Carroll. The plotting of the movie is quite good. I never anticipated the actions of the main characters or the ending. This western is claustrophobic as much of the action takes place inside of a livery stable. While not a large scale western, Decision at Sundown has a surprising story that lifts the movie to the recommended for viewing category.

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