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With: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan, John McIntire, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan, Steve Brodie, Connie Gilchrist, Robert J. Wilke, Chubby Johnson, Royal Dano, Jack Elam, Kathleen Freeman, Connie Van
Written by: Borden Chase
Directed by: Anthony Mann
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97
Date: 07/22/1954

The Far Country (1954)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Cow Pokes

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Anthony Mann's full-color Westerns with Jimmy Stewart lacked the formalistic rigor of their first collaboration Winchester '73 but drilled deeper into the psychology of action. The Far Country teams Stewart with the great Walter Brennan. They play a pair of ramblers who try their hands at cattle driving and gold mining before corrupt forces take everything away from them, raising Stewart's anger enough to take a stand. The final shootout probably inspired Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller, taking place in the dark, on the ground and crawling in the mud -- purposely clumsy and unheroic.

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