Man of the West (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Man of the West (1958)



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In this western, Link Jones travels to Fort Worth to hire a new schoolteacher there. On the rails, he crosses paths with Sam Beasley, a grifter who plans to rob Jones blind. Instead, Jones and Beasley fall victim to a band of thieves. Left destitute, they set out for revenge.

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Gary Cooper
as Link Jones
Julie London
as Billie Ellis
Lee J. Cobb
as Dock Tobin
Arthur O'Connell
as Sam Beasley
Jack Lord
as Coaley
Bob Wilke
as Ponch
Guy Wilkerson
as Conductor
Tina Menard
as Mexican Woman
Joe Dominguez
as Mexican Man
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Critic Reviews for Man of the West

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Mann's direction is immaculate, making Reginald Rose's clearly allegorical, and sometimes forced, screenplay seem even better than it is.

March 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Anthony Mann's terrific final western is a potent examination of one man's battle against his own darker impulses.

March 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

Cooper gives a characteristically virile performance, his dominance of the outlaws quietly believable, while London achieves some touching and convincing moments in a difficult role.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A superb Western, exemplifying Mann's capacity for integrating his interest in spectacle with a resonant narrative.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a small picture, but it does have a cryptic defiance and an aura of snakelike evil that gets one.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

A tour de force for Cooper.

February 17, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man of the West


Great looking Anthony Mann western that Goddard said was one of his favorites. Maybe back then with 50 westerns coming out every year it was original,but I wasn't very impressed. Cobb and Cooper are really good in this, but everyone else is average. It's about a ex-outlaw,(cooper) a grifter,and a singer get abandoned by a train after a robbery. They run into Cooper's old gang and force him into a bank job. The movie does look great and at times it is very dark. It has some great scenes,but also has a lot of typical run of the mill scenes too. I just didn't get into the movie or the characters as much as I have with other Mann westerns.

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