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Two drifters are passing through a Western town, when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. The townspeople, joined by the drifters, form a posse to catch the perpetrators. They find three men in possession of the cattle, and are determined to see justice done on the spot.
The Ox-Bow Incident is one of the essential Westerns, directed by William Wellman. A study of the effects--and aftereffects--of mob violence, this film (based on a true story) begins with the murder of a popular rancher. Angry townspeople form a posse, find suspects, and, without waiting for a trial, summarily hang them in an expression of biblically tinged frontier justice. But the one cowboy who tried to turn the mob aside ultimately proves that they executed innocent men. Made in 1943, the film features stunning black-and-white cinematography and a solid dramatic sense about what a deadly combination ignorance and self-righteousness can be. Fonda made this film between The Grapes of Wrath and My Darling Clementine, at a point when he was at the peak of his powers as a young actor. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The plot and acting are good, lots of well-known actors, not just Henry Fonda. This is truly a classic with a message - about vigilante justice gone terribly wrong.Published 17 months ago by Scarberian
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D.W.
Excellently played, bad, absolutely predictable end, stupidly expressed moral, horrible Arizona lynch story, badly done.
I feel sorry for Henry Fonda.
C'est le meme que je me souviens . C'est une bonne memoire. Merci pour l'occasion de voir cet film. Merci encore.Published on April 13 2013 by jb
Before "12 Angry Men" there was "The Ox-Bow Incident," a bleaker and never less than fascinating exploration of the nature of mob violence. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by brewster22
Never has so much tragedy been packed into such a brief film (not even 90 minutes in length). Ostensibly a western, this film is an unsettling examination of the nature of mob... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by chefdevergue