The Bravados – 1959 – English
Film directed in 1959 by Henry King, and starring Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Henry Silva, Lee Van Cleef, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi, Andrew Duggan, Kathleen Gallant, Barry Coe, Ada Carrasco, Herbert Rudley, George Voskovec…
Synopsis: Jim Douglas (Gregory Peck) relentlessly pursues four men who murdered his wife. When he finally finds them, it turns out that they are in jail and are to be hanged the next day. While waiting for the moment of execution, someone helps the prisoners escape, but he will continue to pursue them relentlessly.
Review: The Bravados is a tremendous story of revenge, and how it consumes a man, and how it can be hazardous. Peck plays a man who wants revenge for his wife’s murder. He follows the trail of four bandits who are about to be hanged, and this is one stellar super star cast of bandits-the smirky handsome Stephen Boyd, the introverted Henry Silva, the gruff Albert Salmi, and later star Lee Van Cleef. They bandits escape, and Peck chases them, cheered on by nearly all of the people he meets. The four men commit evil upon evil, but most of it is done by Boyd. Silva is more or less their guide, and he exudes the most sympathy from the viewer. The movie is perfectly written and directed. It makes the viewer cheer each time Peck kills a bad man, just what the movie wants you to do. In the end, it turns out to be more of a thinking man’s movie, and it makes you ask yourself some questions, and at the same time, entertain you. A great movie.