Originally posted by Robbie@Feb 10 2006, 05:52 PM
I thought that this was a prettly flat movie and Dukes worst since 'The Undefeated'. Duke himself said that the story was stale and the script poor bit he though two spirtited performances from him and Hepburn could bring the movie up a notch or two.
While Duke and Hepburn are excellent as well as the scenary everything else is wrong. Too much time is spent with the bad guys whom pose no threat whatsoever and the finale is quite poor.
This is a rather boring movie from John Wayne and one that I try to avoid, thankfully he had one good movie left in him after this one a minor little western called 'The Shootist'.
I think that Robbie's analysis is spot-on, to the point where I'll just echo his comments. The banter between Wayne and Hepburn is memorable and the wilderness scenery is majestic, but the direction is flat and stilted, the script is dull and simplistic, the camerawork is static, and the acting aside from Wayne and Hepburn is largely banal. Thankfully, Wayne would finish on a more engaging note with The Shootist (Don Siegel, 1976).