Ride Lonesome (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Ride Lonesome (1959)




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With a keen script and well-wrought performances, this western tells the tale of a bounty hunter who finally finds a chance to get revenge against the man who murdered his wife when he learns that his latest captive is the killer's brother.

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Randolph Scott
as Ben Brigade
Karen Steele
as Mrs. Carrie Lane
Pernell Roberts
as Sam Boone
James Best
as Billy John
Dyke Johnson
as Charlie
Boyd Stockman
as Indian Chief
Roy Jenson
as Outlaw
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Critic Reviews for Ride Lonesome

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Beautifully scripted by Burt Kennedy, with excellent performances all round as the characters evolve through subtly shifting loyalties and ambitions, it's a small masterpiece.

October 28, 2006 | Full Review…

There is hardly any pretense of action or suspense as the characters move, almost aimlessly, through an open landscape, testing each other's strengths and weaknesses through conversations that become psychological chess games.

October 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Nothing is wasted in the stripped-down clarity of Ride Lonesome's eighty minutes. This is the apotheosis of the classical western.

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Richly styled Western with some of the most sympathetic characters in Budd Boetticher.

August 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Perhaps the best in the "Ranown" series, alongside Seven Men from Now, Ride Lonesome one never once strikes a wrong note.

November 6, 2008 | Full Review…

A model of the genre.

October 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ride Lonesome

randolph scott, pernell roberts, lee van cleef and james coburn. not my favorite in the ranown cycle but still damn good stuff

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


"Ride Lonesome" is an entertaining western with a good cast about a group of characters trying to escape their past. It starts with bounty hunter Ben Brigade(Randolph Scott) capturing murderer Billy John(James Best), intent on bringing him to justice in Santa Cruz. But first he has to get around his brother's gang. At a way station, they encounter two outlaws, Boone(Pernell Roberts) and Whit(James Coburn), who are helping Carrie(Karen Steele) mind the store since her husband went missing. Despite the men thinking otherwise, she can take care of herself. On the other hand, the situation gets even more dangerous when the stagecoach shows up with everybody killed by Mescalero Indians. That might interfere with Boone and Whit taking Billy back to Santa Cruz themselves in exchange for an amnesty which Brigade might have a slight problem with.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


This is another film I ?watched? while doing other stuff on the computer. From a visual perspective, this is quite good. There?s some good color cinematography, good use of widescreen, and some really nice desert scenery. Otherwise, kind of boring. A short B-western that?s gained a bit of a cult following over the years. The plot didn?t do anything for me. Not much else to say.


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