Broken Lance


(out of 5)

Excellent western by Edward Dmytryk and featuring a terrific performance by  as a cattle baron who raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water and harming his livestock. His son () takes credit for the crime and goes to jail in place of his father, while Tracy’s other sons bicker amongst themselves. Tracy falls gravely ill and Wagner seeks vengeance when he is released from prison, while  (giving a terrific performance) as Tracy’s native wife stands by and tries to prevent bloodshed. Jurado was the first Mexican actress to receive an Academy Award nomination in this film (the second wasn’t until Salma Hayek for Frida in 2002), which features wonderful photography and an intelligent and thought-provoking story.

USA, 1954

Directed by Edward Dmytryk

Story by , Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1954

Golden Globe Awards 1954

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