Friday, August 26, 2005

Short Cuts: Warlock (1959)

Read about this for years. Well, it finally made it to DVD and it's far better than most of the critics had led me to believe. Splendid "classical" western with a strong, subversive gay subtext. The lead performances by Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn (with a bad blonde dye job!), and Richard Widmark are all superb. Strangely enough the film works well as a traditional western and a re-examination of the genre. Highly recommended. Based on the cult novel by Oakley Hall.

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