3:10 TO YUMA
DIRECTED BY JAMES MANGOLD
PRODUCED BY STUART M. BESSER
LIONSGATE/ THREE FILMS
RELATIVITY MEDIA. YUMA
DIRECTED BY JAMES MANGOLD
PRODUCED BY STUART M. BESSER
LIONSGATE/ THREE FILMS
RELATIVITY MEDIA. YUMA
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Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning
the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a s
tagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade.
Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans
finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the
3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200.
Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort
to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine
whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes
of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans.
The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled
with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang
and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor
that makes the ride all the more intense.
Written by commanderblue
Russell Crowe ... Ben Wade
Christian Bale ... Dan Evans
Logan Lerman ... William Evans
Dallas Roberts ... Grayson Butterfield
Ben Foster ... Charlie Prince
Peter Fonda ... Byron McElroy
Vinessa Shaw ... Emma Nelson
Alan Tudyk ... Doc Potter
Luce Rains ... Marshal Weathers
Gretchen Mol ... Alice Evans
Lennie Loftin ... Glen Hollander
Rio Alexander ... Campos
Johnny Whitworth ... Darden
Shawn Howell ... Jackson (as Shawn D. Howell)
Pat Ricotti ... Jorgensen
Ramon Frank ... Kinter
Deryle J. Lujan ... Nez (as Deryle Lujan)
James 'Scotty' Augare ... Nez (as James Augure)
Brian Duffy ... Sutherland
Jason Rodriguez ... Tighe
Kevin Durand ... Tucker
Chris Browning ... Crawley
Chad Brummett ... Kane
Forrest Fyre ... Walter Boles
Luke Wilson ... Zeke
Benjamin Petry ... Mark Evans (as Ben Petry)
Arron Shiver ... Bill Moons
Sean Hennigan ... Marshal Will Doane
Girard Swan ... Deputy Harvey Pell
Christopher Berry ... Deputy Sam Fuller
David Oliver ... Evil Bartender
Jason Henning ... Train Clerk
Barbara Bartleson ... Contention Woman (uncredited)
James Blackburn ... Gunfighter (uncredited)
Brian Brown ... Bad Guy #1 (uncredited)
Trevor Coppola ... William Marsh (uncredited)
Harp Corrigan ... Bisbee Townsman (uncredited)
Hugh Elliot ... Gunman (uncredited)
Darren Gibson ... Gunman (uncredited)
KC King ... Contention Gunman (uncredited)
Melinda Kramer ... Bisbee Townsperson (uncredited)
Brent Lambert ... Merchant (uncredited)
Billy Lockwood ... Gunman (uncredited)
J. Nathan Simmons ... Town Drunk (uncredited)
Art Usher ... Contention Gunman (uncredited)
Stuart M. Besser .... executive producer (as Stuart Besser)
Dixie J. Capp .... associate producer
Aaron Downing .... associate producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Cathy Konrad .... producer
Lynwood Spinks .... executive producer
Halsted Welles (screenplay) and
Michael Brandt (screenplay) &
Derek Haas (screenplay)
Elmore Leonard (short story)
Russell Crowe was director James Mangold's very first choice for the role of Ben Wade. After Tom Cruise dropped out of talks for the film, putting it into turnaround, it was the casting of Crowe that got the production back up and running.
Russell Crowe, director James Mangold, and producer Cathy Konrad unanimously preferred Christian Bale as the co-lead.
Eric Bana was in initial negotiations to star opposite Tom Cruise in this film.
The weekend before shooting was scheduled to wrap, a freak storm dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on the supposedly drought plagued town. Labourers shoveled the snow from the buildings' balconies and roofs and distributed 89 dump trucks worth of dry soil on the ground. Backhoes created an 8 foot tall rampart of snow just beyond camera sight lines for the remaining 6 days of shooting.
The movie was funded in conjunction with New Mexico's Film Investment Program.
The short story upon which the film is based was published in Dime Western Magazine in 1953. The action begins in the hotel room with a deputy sheriff guarding a 21-year-old robber.
A building in the town of Contention reads "Besser's Parlor." The executive producer is Stuart M. Besser.
The bird sketched by Russell Crowe's character is an auger buzzard, native to Africa.
The pistol used by Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is an 1851 navy colt with a Richards-Mason conversion.
Dan Evans uses a Spencer carbine chambered for .56-56, a Colt 1851 navy revolver with a Richards-Mason conversion to fire cartridges (identical to the revolver carried by William), and a Remington 1889 sawed off shotgun. Ben Wade uses a Colt 1873 single action Chambered for .45 Long Colt, with a gold crucifix inlaid in the ebony grips. Charlie Prince carries two 1869 Smith and Wesson Schofields, chambered in .45 S&W, with custom cross-draw holsters. Byron McElroy carries the same 1889 shotgun Evans later uses. The coach in the beginning of the movie is fitted with a Colt Gatling gun, and the two shooters inside have Winchester 1873 rifles chambered in .44-40 caliber.
The unfinished buildings that Wade and Evans run through in the climatic shootout in the town of Contention were originally supposed to be fully finished, but production ran too low on money to have them completed.
The short, dark-bearded man whom the doctor hits in the face with a shovel, in the tunnels, is the weapons expert for the film.
At one point, Tom Cruise and Eric Bana were pursuing the starring roles in this film. But when Columbia Pictures put this film in turnaround, the actors left to pursue other projects.
When Russell Crowe was no longer committed to Baz Luhrmann's next film, he actively pursued this film as his next project. James Mangold immediately signed Crowe when Tom Cruise, who was in talks to play Ben Wade, bowed out.
Russell Crowe suggested Alan Tudyk for the role of the doctor that assists Dan Evans (Christian Bale) in sending Ben Wade (Crowe) off to trial.
Exactly ten minutes pass in the movie between the clock striking 3:00 and the arrival of the train.
Director James Mangold originally wanted Kris Kristofferson as Byron MacElroy, but due to scheduling conflicts Peter Fonda got the part.
Warned about the pain of surgery, Byron MacElroy tells Doc Potter that it's not the first time he's been shot. In real life, Peter Fonda accidentally shot himself in the stomach when he was 10.
The terse dialogue between Ben and Dan in the bar when Ben is captured is taken almost verbatim from the original film, although some of the lines have been given to the other man or its order in the conversation changed.
One building in Contention is called "Shieffelin's Dance Hall". Ed Schieffelin was a prospector who founded the town of Tombstone, which is a neighboring city of where Contention once stood.
In a deleted scene (included on the DVD), Ben Wade tells Byron McElroy, "I heard that your boss, Al Pinkerton, got an infection from biting his own tongue. And he died last month. Is that true?" Allan Pinkerton did die from an infected bite on his tongue, on July 1, 1884. This would place the events of the movie as occurring in August, 1884.
In some of the shots of Bisbee, power lines (maybe telegraph lines) are visible on the horizon.
When Charlie Prince enters the corral in Contention, the weathered boards are held together with shiny new nails that have a gold-colored coating.
In the final scene where William is about to shoot Wade, a modern clothing label is visible on Wade's shirt.
In the saloon with Wade & his gang for a victory drink: When Wades gang leaves and Wade is taking his final drink at the bar with just the bar maid there, you can see he is taking the shot from a modern day plastic disposable shot glass, yet when he sets it on the bar it makes the sound of a glass shot glass.
There are dialogue references to "gunslingers", a term which did not exist until the 1920s. At the time of the film, such men would have been referred to as "shootists", "pistoleers", or simply "gunmen".
The construction sites in Contention have dimensional lumber being used and that didn't come into widespread use until mid 20th century. As explained in the behind-the-scenes featurette, the filmmakers decided to use the unfinished buildings in the final chase sequence because they ran out of budget for set-building.
During the stagecoach robbery, modern tire tracks can be seen in the dirt in a few shots.
When Doc Potter removes the bullet from McElroy's belly, he drops it in a metal bowl. The noise of the dropping bullet does not match up with the visual drop.
When Dan and Ben round the corner of the building with the liquor sign on it, a bullet hits the corner behind them without making a sound.
During the shootout when Ben and Dan are on a rooftop, before the camera cuts to Ben and Dan, Charlie Prince fires a shot but there is no sound when he shoots.
When in the train station, the camera angle is over Dan's right shoulder pointing at Ben; Dan is talking about his younger son Mark but Dan's lips aren't moving.
In the train office, as Dan is talking to Ben in a reverse shot (focus on Ben), Dan's mouth moves but his dialogue isn't heard until after his mouth stops moving.
In the Contention train depot, Dan's speech does not match his lip movements.
The rounds fired at the station have a very faint computer buzzing to them in the background.
At the end of the movie when the train finally shows up at the station you hear the bell on it ringing. But when it cuts to the train pulling into the station you can see the bell on top of it not moving while the sound of it is still going.
Early in the movie, William makes the comment that "... the calvary is coming..." He should be saying Cavalry.
After Marshal Will Doane and deputies enter the hotel room, Dan says "there's five of us." But including his son William, there are six.
At the beginning, when Dan's son William lights a match to see at night, the match burns very slowly and irregularly, varying the burnt length. When he puts it out, only the tip is burnt despite it being lit for about 60 seconds.
While Ben Wade and Dan Evans are moving from the hotel to the train depot, there is one shot where the sky is completely overcast. All other shots show a bright, blue sky.
During the exchange of Ben Wade with the deputy in the stuck coach in front of Dan Evans' Ranch, you hear the Marshall cock his revolver just before Ben Wade is let out. In the subsequent shot his revolver is not cocked.
The first night camping out, Ben is sitting in the cold night air with just his shirt and vest on. The next morning he is again wearing his jacket. This is rather difficult to explain since he was supposedly handcuffed throughout the night.
In the fight with the railroad workers, one of the workers has a badge on the left lapel of his coat. When they are shown meeting Wade's gang in the tunnel, the badge is on his right lapel. When he is shot, it is again on his left lapel.
When the stage coach is being ambushed, one of the men in the back shoots one of the gang members and is hit on his left ear. As they arrive in town, they signal each other to go to the tavern and you can see that the man hurt on his ear is no longer hurt on the left ear but instead is hurt on his right ear.
When Charlie shoots the three men building the tunnels he shoot the first man, then he crosses his arms to shoot the other two. In the next shot his arms are pointed away from each other not crossed.
When Wade sketches Evans in hotel room, his handcuffs seems to be off.
After the stage coach tips over Charlie Prince goes over and picks up Byron McElroy's shotgun, he breaks it open to check it. The scene then starts from another angle still showing Charlie Prince and he breaks the shotgun open a second time.
Crew or equipment visible
As the stage coach flips over in the robbery sequence, you can clearly see a white sandbag used while filming the stunt.
Errors in geography
Bisbee, Arizona is portrayed as being laid out on a flat plot of land, when it is actually a mountainous, hilly town. The general appearance of the countryside shown in the film bears scant resemblance to southern Arizona, where this movie is set.
In the shots at the train station you can clearly see all of the land in the background is covered in snow. There's even snow on the tracks. Not only is it evident that it's spring or summer time but there is a drought. Even though Contention is a distance away from Bisbee there would have never been a drought at one town while there's a blizzard at another.
In the end credits, writer Halsted Welles' first name is misspelled as "Haslted".
When the train is leaving the station, the engineer whistles three times. Three whistles means the train is going to back up. One whistle means it will go forward.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
At the hotel, Butterfield slides a badge under the hotel door, yet after the door is opened the sheriff and his deputies are all wearing badges. However, the badge Butterfield slides under the door is a deputy badge for Dan, hence Dan throwing it back to the sheriff when he leaves.
Anesthesia had been in use for over 25 years before 1880. But it was still expensive and difficult to get, especially in distant towns. Furthermore, though Doc Potter is a very organized doctor, it is indicated that for a long time, most of his patients have been animals. And while the preservation of livestock and service animals was important enough to take pains to take care of them, anesthesia would not have been considered necessary for them (in the days before the ASPCA, it would have been considered an impractical waste.) Therefore, it is logical to assume that Doc Potter, having had few or no human patients in recent memory, would not have any readily available. It is also likely that McElroy would have refused it, anyway.
Dan tells his wife that he 'has been standing on one leg for three years.' This is metaphorical, and a play on words at his own expense. He is referring to how long he has been trying, unsuccessfully, to maintain the farm and support his family in the Arizona territory. He is not referring to how many years have past since he lost his leg in the Civil War; the screenplay clearly states that the film is set in 1884.
A Pinkerton inside the coach is shown firing a lever-action rifle twice without re-cocking it.
The portrait of Evans drawn by Wade has a incorrect angle of view per where they were seated. In fact, to draw that portrait, Wade would have to sit in the opposite corner of the room.
At the very end of the movie, while seated in the front cabin of the train, Ben Wade whistles (very mellow) at his horse to follow him. At this time, the train has already moved a significant end from the train station. There's simply no way his horse could've heard this through the noise of the locomotive engine.
SPOILER. In one scene, Wade is pointing a shotgun at Evans, Doc and others. Evans' son sneaks up behind Wade, aims at Wade's head, and demands Wade drop the shotgun. When Wade hesitates, Evans' son fires a warning shot just to the right of his head. When the shot changes to a perspective behind the son, you can see that the warning shot he just fired just to the right of Wade's head would have probably hit Doc, Doc's horse, Evans, or one of the other good guys - they were standing just to Wade's right.
When Wade, Dan, and the group are escaping through the tunnels after Doc hits the man with the shovel, Doc gets shot in the back but there is no bullet hole in his jacket. You can see the blood from the front when he dies.
Before the gang set the stage coach on fire, one upward-angled shot of Charlie Prince shows that there is no roof on the stage. The lawman "trapped" inside could have exited through the large rectangular hole at any time.
After Byron is shot in the stomach, he is taken to a doctor for emergency care. But rather than having a simple bleeding hole where the bullet penetrated, his stomach is completely torn open. This type of extreme trauma is inconsistent with a single bullet entry wound.
Unless the 3:10 was more than "running a little late" there seems to be a significant loss of daylight in the final scene. As we watch the final shots of the train leaving town and son standing over his father's body, the sun is seen in its last light of the day; lighting both the underside of train and 10 gallon hat. However, at its shortest time of the year, the sun doesn't set on the Arizona region until well past 5pm.
At the end of the movie, when Ben Wade and Dan Evans are in the train station, Ben puts his hat on in two separate shots, preparing to leave for the train.
After Ben shoots his gang, William points and cocks his gun at Ben. When he relents, he uncocks his gun twice.
In the Climactic sequence, while Ben Wade still has his back to his gang, the Mexican Marksman tosses Wade's gun to Charlie Prince. Moments later another gang member arrives with the gun and passes to the Mexican who tosses it to Prince again.
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