3:10 to Yuma (1957)Closed Captioning
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This fine western opens with Van Heflin as a rancher whose family is suffering from the devastating effects of a long drought. Heflin needs $200 to build a well, then learns he can obtain the money as a reward for delivering Glenn Ford, a notorious outlaw now in the hands of the law, to the state prison in Yuma, Arizona. Though this will put Heflin in great personal danger, the peaceful man accepts the assignment, knowing what the money will mean to his family. Heflin and Ford hole up in a small hotel in another town while waiting for the train to Yuma. The outlaw begins toying with Heflin's mind, talking in a friendly manner about Heflin's job and financial situation. Playing psychological games, Ford tries to convince Heflin to take $100,000 to look the other way while he escapes. Heflin finds himself in a quandary, desperately needing the money yet being bound by his word to carry out the job. Ford's gang, led by Jaeckel, discovers where their leader is hidden and sets out to rescue him. The town officials abandon Heflin rather than put themselves in danger, leaving the troubled rancher alone to face off with the outlaws. Ford ends up assisting Heflin, helping his captor on the3:10 to Yuma, explaining, 'I owed you that.' Heflin has come through the ordeal, body and integrity intact, and, as if in answer to this baptism by fire, the skies burst forth with rain, putting an end to the drought.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This is a first-rate action picture -- a respectable second section to High Noon.
Fresh: Despite an abundance of talk, this 1957 film is often considered [Daves'] best.
Fresh: It's of necessity a talkative film, with Ford working on Heflin's nerves in a stream of Machiavellian banter, but one held in perfect balance by Daves, who keeps the tension strung taut.
Fresh: The film is something of a classic and boasts a terrific ending.
They don't make 'em like they used to...too bad in this case
Having seen both the new version (With Russell Crowe) and this one...I have to opt for this original version. It isn't the best western I've ever seen, but it's is nowhere near the worst. Yes, it's not as vivid due to being in B & W. But the storyline is a good bit better, IMHO, and not tio give anything away, I prefer the ending over the ending of the remake. Even with very few props Glenn Ford is charasmatic and frightening all at once. Van Heflin is the same scared, but resolute farmer that he plays in "Shane". And he brings off the every day guy that is doing what it takes to take care of his family. If you want to see a movie that was meant to entertain see this one. If you don't get enough tragedy and grit in your daily life, the remake is the one you want.
3:10 to Yuma original
Excellent treat for true lovers of the genre!
- Genre: Western
- Released: 2002
- © 1957, renewed 1985 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.