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2000s, WESTERN

3.10 to Yuma (2007)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A short story by Elmore Leonard and probably the 1957 film of the same name starring Glen Ford.
Writers/Script Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Additional Info The western towns were built on the Cerro Pelon Ranch in New Mexico, the scene of many westerns starting with Silverado in 1984.
Director James Mangold
Starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Alan Tudyk
Elevator Pitch A rancher, down on his luck, agrees to escort a notorious outlaw to the train station at Contention for $200, and the possibility of gaining the respect of his sons. He and the others of the escort must contend with the murderous capabilities of the outlaw, the possibility of ambush by Indians and the probability that a rescue will be attempted by the outlaw’s gang. Will they make it?
Content Quite a few gunfights right from the start, the director paying particular attention to the authenticity of the weapons, with some effect. The violence becomes more intense as the story progresses and the group make their way across the badlands. A lot of tension, particularly when they get to Contention (the railhead) . Some implied sex, a bit of almost nudity and some drinking of whiskey.
A View This is a fine story. It was well done in the 1957 film and is just as good this time. I like both outings. It does not seem to have made a lot of money but is worth your time, and even a small financial outlay, if you like westerns.

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