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Decision at Sundown

Released Nov 10, 1957 1h 17m Western List
100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 76% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Hell-bent on revenge, flinty gunslinger Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) rides into a sleepy Western town with one goal in mind: to kill local roughneck Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll), who kidnapped his wife years ago. Both men have blood on their hands over the woman's eventual suicide. Allison and Kimbrough, wracked with guilt but boiling over with bloodlust, are set to face off for one final confrontation. Tensions mount as sunset approaches, and the townspeople must choose sides. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Michael J. Casey Michael J. Cinema A different spin on the formula Budd Boetticher, Harry Joe Brown, and Randolph Scott established and would perfect in movies like "Ride Lonesome" and "Comanche Station." Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 1, 2023 Full Review Michael Barrett PopMatters The script explodes the concept of a man fighting for his wife’s honor and perhaps reverses it. Sep 13, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Although the weakest of the five Ranown Westerns, it still has several virtues. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 23, 2023 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Less than 80 minutes but dozens of characterization brushstrokes Jun 7, 2015 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Remarkable look at dictatorship, revolt and non-violence in a Western town. Feb 1, 2012 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid It works well enough to get you riled up. Nov 6, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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j F A philosophical western, the two antagonists are flawed, while the minor characters are morally correct. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A wonderful western with a wonderful message. Lots of quality action. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Far from routine western. There is real depth in this tale of misplaced male pride and the law of unintended consequences. Enjoy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Another brilliant Western from Budd Botticher and Randolph Scott Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/02/18 Full Review Audience Member This may not be as strong as other Scott/Boetticher Westerns, such as 'Buchanan Rides Alone' or 'The Tall T', but it's very strong, and would make a great double bill with 'High Noon'--another fine flick about someone being brave enough to stand against the tide of local cowardice, and get things done in cleaning up the town's garbage. This is very unique in that Scott's character, Bart Allison, is determined for revenge, three years in the making, for the bad guy seducing his wife (who ended up killing herself in disgrace). He seemed to think his wife had the moral fibre not to do that sort of thing willingly--unfortunately, the entire town, even his best friend, seems to know otherwise. A great look at the lengths some will go to right wrongs they come across in life. Allison's dismay at the community for allowing another wrong to happen, midway through the picture, is something that haunts and stays with you, long after the film concludes. I would have given this a higher rating, aside from an obvious, amateurish mistake that happens around ten minutes into the film, when one of the women talks, but an arm from one of the actors completely occludes her mouth, straight through her entire spiel. It's a minor thing, perhaps, but I'm very surprised no one caught it by the time it was released, especially a director of Boetticher's stature. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member i enjoyed watching this 1957 B Western a interesting storyline and nice horses. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Hell-bent on revenge, flinty gunslinger Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) rides into a sleepy Western town with one goal in mind: to kill local roughneck Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll), who kidnapped his wife years ago. Both men have blood on their hands over the woman's eventual suicide. Allison and Kimbrough, wracked with guilt but boiling over with bloodlust, are set to face off for one final confrontation. Tensions mount as sunset approaches, and the townspeople must choose sides.
Director
Budd Boetticher
Producer
Harry Joe Brown
Screenwriter
Charles Lang
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 10, 1957, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 20, 2020
Runtime
1h 17m