Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns

Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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"Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Samuel Fuller for the pulp maestro's most audacious western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a forty-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona, without challenge. When U.S. Marshal Griff Bonell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black-and-white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, Forty Guns is a virtuoso display of Fuller's sharpshooting talents"--Container.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2018]
Edition: Blu-ray special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781681435039
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY FICTION FOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm).
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Alternative Title: Forty guns
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Derringer
Mar 04, 2019

Set in the 1880s in and around the Wild West town of Tombstone, Arizona - "Forty Guns" has actress Barbara Stanwyck, as wealthy, self-assured landowner, Jessica Drummond, trying to tough it out and compete with all of the rugged cowboys.

It doesn't help matters much that Jessica's younger brother, "Brockie", is a no-good, drunken troublemaker.

Competently directed by Samuel Fuller - 1957's "Forty Guns" is a rootin'-tootin' Western that's teaming with plenty of vengeance, gunslingers, and intense personal dramas to keep you entertained.

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ManMachine
Feb 26, 2019

In this 1957 Western - It was certainly beyond me why brassy, hot-shot, Arizona landowner, Jessica Drummond needed the power of 40 guns to back her up.

By the way things looked to me - I'd say that, at the max, only 10 guns would've done just fine in getting the point of her self-importance across to the rest of the citizens of Tombstone.

IMO - This 80-minute, b&w "Samuel Fuller" production certainly had both its fair share of good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

I, for one, am quite pleased to say that a least Barbara Stanwyck's "Jessica Drummond" character didn't completely dominate the story as I was initially expecting her to do.

And, on top of that - "Forty Guns" also earned itself some extra bonus points for featuring a number of really choice scenes of over-the-top "shoot-em-up" violence, too.

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McGarveyD
Jan 18, 2019

OK, this film is sort of hokey, but I love it!
Barbara Stanwyck is tough and feisty! Barry Sullivan has the eyes and walks the walk!
Time Out (London) rates this at number 16 on their list of the 50 Greatest Westerns.

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