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Forty Guns
Vierzig Gewehre

USA 1957
produced by
Samuel Fuller for Globe Enterprises, 20th Century Fox
directed by Samuel Fuller
starring Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Gene Barry, Robert Dix, Eve Brent, Jidge Carroll, Paul Dubov, Gerald Milton, Ziva Rodann, Hank Worden, Neyle Morrow, Chuck Roberson, Chuck Hayward, Sandra Wirth, Eddie Parks
written by Samuel Fuller, music by Harry Sukman, special effects by L.B. Abbott, Norman Breedlove

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Big landowner Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) is pretty much ruling a small Arizona town with the help of her gang of gunmen dubbed the Forty Guns ... That is until the Bonnell Brothers - Wes (Gene Barry), Griff (Barry Sullivan), the most feared gunman of the West, who didn't have to fire one single shot because of his reputation, and Chico (Robert Dix), the young hothead -, a trio of Marshals, come to town, and before you know it, Jessica's young brother Brockie (John Ericson) is arrested for having shot Marshal Chisum (Hank Worden) in the leg, something for which Brockie has never before been arrested ...

Of course, Jessica gets her brother out in no time, but she finds her spell over the town being somewhat broken ... and she feels immensely attracted to Griff (and vice versa).

Then Griff arrets one of Jessica's men, Swain (Chuck Roberson), who has held up a stage, which only leads to more complications because Brockie and the local Sheriff, Logan (Dean Jagger), seem to have been in cahoots with Swain, and thus have him shot, then try to go against Griff as well - which only leads to more bloodshed ...

During all this, the romance between Griff and Jessica is only intensifying, and Brockie feels he is losing more ground - until he decides to shoot Griff publicly, and at his brother Wes' wedding to the local gunsmith's assistant (Eve Brent) too ... but unfortunately he kills Wes instead, and suddenly finds himself on the run, from the law and especially from Griff. But Griff, an experienced lawman, has no problems tracking him down and locking him in.

Jessica does everything to get her little brother out again, even if that means to sell off everything she owns to buy him the best lawyers and bribe judge and jury - but to no avail, Brockie is convicted to death by the rope - upon which he in one last, desperate attempt takes his own sister hostage and tries to shoot his way out. However, Griff is so overcome by anger that he shoots the hostage who is also the woman he loves (not fatally though), then after Brockie is without protection, he guns him down mercilessly, letting out all anger ...

Ultimately, Griff decides to leave the village and all the grief it has brought him behind himself to head for California and become a farmer ... and proud Jessica shows true greatness when she goes after him to accompany him.


One of the top-Westerns of all time: It's full of tension, suspense atmosphere, interesting characters, unusual plottwists - and enough action to keep everyone happy nevertheless. And director Samuel Fuller once again proves his exceptional skills to turn what starts out as nothing more than an ordinary genre film into something very special, thanks not at least to his trademark directorial style full of close ups and rapid cuts, years before this was popularized by the Spaghetti Western.

Recommended, and not only to Western fans.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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