Bend Of The River DVD


The second of the terrific Stewart/Mann Westerns is characteristic of their pairings: adult themes played out against prairie vistas in which betrayal and violence can erupt at any time. Formerly a vicious Missouri raider Stewart now leads a wagon train through Indian raids and hijackings to the new boom town of Portland where he becomes embroiled in the conflict between wealthy miners and farmers.

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06 June 2005
4 Front Video 
89 minutes 
  • Average Rating for Bend Of The River [1952] - 4 out of 5

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  • Bend Of The River [1952]
    Ed Howard

    Anthony Mann's western cycle, especially the films made with James Stewart as the lead, are surely among the best films to come out of classic Hollywood. In this film, Stewart plays a former outlaw who has reformed and aims to make a new life for himself as a rancher. Mann is always very interested in the moral dilemmas associated with violence and the frontier, and this is no exception. His characters are psychologically complex and obsessed with the idea of change and starting fresh. It's a tough, bracing film, characterized by gorgeous outdoor photography and a focus on the internal motivations of its characters. There's plenty of action and large-scale gunfights, but the film's thematic centre is the idea of domesticity and creating the foundations of a life from scratch.

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Classic western starring James Stewart. Glyn McLyntock (Stewart) is a man with a past. As he attempts to help a group of Missouri settlers cross the Oregon Trail to the Columbia River Basin, he is double-crossed by Emerson Cole (Arthur Kennedy), the man he thought of as a friend. However, he finds assistance in the form of farmer's daughter Laura Baile (Julie Adams) and San Franciscan gambler Trey Wilson (Rock Hudson).

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them. Director: Anthony Mann Writers: Borden Chase (screenplay), William Gulick (novel) (as Bill Gulick) Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy 

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