- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
- Would You Recommend?
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A movie you can never forget
This is a story that from the first few seconds to The End , is in my opinion, one that your eyes, ears , mind and your heart , keeps being glued to it , for every character truly comes to life , plus you get to know each and every one. John Wayne really did this motion picture justice by directing it. To me the one character actor , that his part really hit it out of the park and away from the stadium is the role of Joe Sam , played by actor Carl Dean Switzer , Harolds brother . You can tell he really enjoyed portraying this 100 year old indian , this was his favorite role , one that he was extremely proud of . A movie role is an actors way , of helping to portray the story , to the best of his or her best abilities, and this one surely was done quite well indeed
This is why there are Movies
- Mark Williams
To me this movie is one of the kinds of stories , that from the first second you watch it , your eyes , ears and mind are glued to seeing not only the first minute , but you can not wait to see how it ends , All of the actors and actresses , really know how to portray these characters, but the character role that really hits it out of the stadium , because he does it so good, is Joe Sam played by Carl Dean Switzer , infact this was Carls favorite acting role . , This is not just a movie but a true learning experience , for you get to know each and every character , by enjoying this movie
- Kristoffer Bank
I watched this movie yesterday at my Grandma's house, and it was, amazing! Brilliant acting, brilliant writing, beautiful cinematography, amazing music... What else is there to say? I hope this movie gets a cult following in the future.
Almost black and white movie
Just got done watching an interview with the director, William Wellman, who was quite a guy, go read his bio. Shot this movie as black and white, with the only color being the red jacket Mitchum is wearing, and the yellow shirt on female lead
This is a picture about women..
Although the strong male lead is Mitchum, this is really a picture about the 3 women in the household. The sadness in the daughter for a life lost living in the wilderness. The mother fallen into perpetual misery and judgement and the girl who brings life back into the family and causes the men to realize what's been lost in the desire to tame the wilderness, something that cannot be done. The focus of this film is the overbearing mother who produces 3 very different sons.
Track of the Cat
A flawed script powerfully photographed with Mitchum, and a mystic Mt. Ranier.
Beulah Bondi Saves the Film
Set in the late 1890's, a California Mountain family has more problems than just a panther or Painter as they would call it. The only person that saves her family and this film into obscurity is Beulah Bondi. She holds this film together as Robert Mitchum plays her blunt talking, egotistical son, but sort of vanishes from the film when he starts his search for the Panther. This well intent film depicts more of a family falling apart starting with the father who was intoxicated all through the film. Teresa Wright plays the daughter that is tired of everything going on with the family. Tab Hunter plays an insecure son that hardly says anything. If it wasn't for Beulah Bondi's strong performance, this movie would have been a bust.