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      The Lusty Men

      Released Oct 24, 1952 1h 53m Western List
      100% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 83% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In the American West of the 1950s, talented rodeo rider Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) quits after an injury. Returning to his hometown, he gets a job on a ranch. He strikes up a friendship with Wes (Arthur Kennedy), a fellow ranch hand who dreams of being a rodeo rider. Wes talks Jeff into training him, and joins the rodeo circuit with the reluctant approval of his wife (Susan Hayward). But when the two men start to disagree, Jeff returns to the circuit himself. Read More Read Less

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      Keith Phipps The Dissolve Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics . Rated: 4/5 Oct 13, 2014 Full Review Variety Staff Variety A somewhat slow starter, once underway it is kept playing with growing interest under Nicholas Ray's firm direction. Oct 23, 2007 Full Review Time Out The story isn't much (the security of family life versus the rootlessness and danger of working as a rodeo rider), but the situation is rich in emotional resonances which Ray conjures into life convincingly. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Nicholas Ray's beautifully layered, black-and-white rodeo picture. Rated: 4/4 Feb 20, 2024 Full Review Jacques Rivette Cahiers du Cinéma Nicholas Ray has always offered us the story of a moral dilemma where man emerges as either victor or vanquished, but ultimately lucid: the futility of violence, of all that is not happiness and which diverts man from his innermost purpose. Jun 7, 2022 Full Review Manny Farber The Nation Mitchum is the most convincing cowboy I've seen in horse opry, meeting every situation with the lonely, distant calm of a master cliché-dodger. Nov 25, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      j f I’ve lusted harder a couple times this week. But it’s not bad. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/23/23 Full Review Russ G Robert Mitchum's the epitome of cool. An entertaining film, if a bit melodramatic, about a now gone way of life. I watched this as I don't think I'd seen Susan Haywood in anything before. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/02/22 Full Review Audience Member Rodeo settings and action. Love story is behind it. Good watching. Period piece that mentions Santa Fe, Tucson, Phoenix, and other rodeo hotspots in the American Southwest. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review anthony j Badly dated and filled with grainy old rodeo clips. Some decent acting but the emotion, or stiff lack thereof, over deaths, was jarringly weak and the ending predictable. A forgettable movie with a beat-it-to-death theme of rodeo being a tough, but addictive way of life. Okay, we GET it! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Robert Mitchum's treatment of Susan Hayward is the real story happening during this movie. Her complaints against Mitchum went all the way to the top of RKO -- but Hayward had been "borrowed" from Fox, and supposedly, "there wasn't much they could do about it." "Brutal Misogyny": a much better movie and true to life story. I enjoyed TCM's abbreviated version of Mitchum's bullying. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review andrey k A tough American classic, it is so american as a movie can be featuring the very american activity - rodeo. The movie tells a classic story of a man bent on earning an "easy-coming" money risking at the same time all he has, including his life and the woman he loves. It's very well-acted with formidable presence of Robert Mitchum and especially Susan Hayward on the part of which the movie hinges. The rodeo sequences are breathtaking and awe-striking. It sure is a good ride this movie is. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the American West of the 1950s, talented rodeo rider Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) quits after an injury. Returning to his hometown, he gets a job on a ranch. He strikes up a friendship with Wes (Arthur Kennedy), a fellow ranch hand who dreams of being a rodeo rider. Wes talks Jeff into training him, and joins the rodeo circuit with the reluctant approval of his wife (Susan Hayward). But when the two men start to disagree, Jeff returns to the circuit himself.
      Director
      Nicholas Ray
      Producer
      Jerry Wald, Norman Krasna
      Screenwriter
      David Dortort, Horace McCoy
      Production Co
      Wald/Krasna Productions
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 24, 1952, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 10, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 53m
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