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Run of the Arrow(1957)

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  • run of the arrow

    • kevin sellers
    • 11/29/17

    I must sharply disagree with previous reviewer Goetan who calls this film "fine but dull." To me, it's the opposite; crude and flawed, but definitely not boring. Fuller's hysterically pitched, gory, in your face style may not appeal to fans of the more magisterial, epic Ford westerns or the laconic, terse psychological westerns of Mann and Boetticher but in its own own primitive way it gets the job done, the job here being a study of the personality of The Renegade. In this film you have four examples of the type, a deserter from one's society, country or tribe, played by Rod Steiger, Ralph Meeker, Jay C Flippen, and H.M Wynant. And while one wishes that Steiger's accent, which is supposed to be Irish, didn't sound so vaguely Hungarian and that Flippen and Wynant looked more authentically Native American, (especially Flippen who resembles a beefy Moe Howard), there is no denying the intensity and credibility of these actors' interpretations of their hate filled, bitter characters. Similarly, while Fuller's writing and direction can be hokey and messagey at times, there are few if any dead spots in this brutally fast paced film, a work that both starts and ends with dead bodies in battle and rarely lets up in between. As for Sarita Montiel by way of Angie Dickinson goes, what can I say? Probably woulda been better to cast the blonde. That way, we would have had just as faux Sioux eye candy to look at but with a better actress to mouth some of Fuller's worst dialogue! Give it a B. P.S. The conversation Brian Keith's Yankee has with Steiger's unreconstructed Confederate, in its exploration of Southern vs. American values, is, when you consider the recent events in Charlottesville, about 60 years ahead of its time

  • Run of the Arrow

    • Goetan
    • 4/29/14

    An ugly, off-beat Western from director Fuller. Steiger, with a thick accent and a intense performances, is a rouge Southerner who can't accept his loss in the Civil War and joins a Sioux tribe; Monteil was dubbed by Angie Dickinson. Fuller's examinations of civilization, ethnic identity is weak and doesn't have the same impact as his later films. Fine, but dull. I give it a 3/5.

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    • Steve Myers
    • 4/29/14

    I saw this movie years ago with Sam Fuller in the audience. After the movie several of us talked with him. He said he had Steiger learn to ride by putting him on an English saddle so he would look clumsy in the film. He also said Bronson was afraid of horses, that he framed one shot to hide Steiger's gut, that he wished he'd had Brfian Keith & Angie Dickinson as the leads. Waving his big cigar, he talked and talked about directing. He said he used different colors writing his script: action would be in red. At the end the entire script should be in red. This is a good movie but not up to "I Shot Jesse James" or "The Naked Kiss."

  • coming soon

    • otaka
    • 12/29/11

    Fullers great film will be published on DVD finally jn february 2012. I allready ordered it.

  • Run of the arrow

    • Coty
    • 5/19/10

    My late grandpa was in this video. I was trying find a copy to give it to him before he past away. Now I would like to try to find one to give to my dad. If there is anyone that knows were I can purchase one please email me. I have found some for sell but they need to be formatted to region 1 (US formatting). Any help/leads would be much appreciated.

  • Run of the Arrow

    • Karl Wielgus
    • 12/3/08

    I have only seen this on a very poor copy of a video that has sound problems-- however-- as is true of so many Samuel Fuller films, this one seems to have been able to see through many cliches of how to make a western and brought us closer to people making decisions and acting in ways that shows possiblities we don't realize exist. Cliches about the Civil War, about the "frontier," about "Indians" about the simplicity of the human character," about the ways we can characterize people into simple codes of good and evil-- alll are exploded. Before "Broken Arrow," before "Dances with Wolves" this movie shows more than we have seen in westerns or movies in general. Even the "villain" (Ralph Meeker) is not a cardboard cutout. People act because they have made themselves into a certain way of seeing the world-- this brings out conflicts and there are no simple villains. The very act that begins the story and the drama, also ends it-- but the meaning changes. A great piece of work!

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