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The Naked Spur (Bilingual) [Import]


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  • Actors: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell
  • Directors: Dave O'Brien, Anthony Mann, Tex Avery
  • Writers: Dave O'Brien, Harold Jack Bloom, Heck Allen, Joe Ansen, Sam Rolfe
  • Producers: Pete Smith, Fred Quimby, William H. Wright
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 15 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FTCLQW

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The Anthony Mann-Jimmy Stewart Westerns in the 1950s infused the genre with a psychological intensity and psychopathic edge. The brutal The Naked Spur, their third collaboration, is generally considered their best work together and one of the finest Westerns ever made. Stewart is a hard, angry bounty hunter tracking outlaw Robert Ryan in this lean five-character drama set in the deceptively beautiful mountain wilderness of the Midwest. Stewart finds himself saddled with two unwanted partners, sourdough prospector Millard Mitchell (his sidekick in the earlier Mann Western Winchester '73) and dishonorably discharged cavalry officer Ralph Meeker. Ryan's tomboyish sidekick Janet Leigh becomes increasingly torn between duty to her desperate guardian and her growing attraction to Stewart. The rugged landscape of jutting peaks, narrow passes, and torrential rivers is as gorgeous as it is dangerous: a well-protected plateau becomes a sniper's perch, an old mine turns from protective cave to dangerous cave-in. Stewart delivers the most ruthless performance of his career as a man haunted by betrayal, unwilling to trust and unable to love. Ryan's jovial banter and charm masks a cold-blooded savagery (he once remarked that it's his favorite performance). The tension stretches to the breaking point in this taut battle of wits, which culminates in a standoff next to the white water of a raging river, where Mann brilliantly uses the jagged landscape as a deadly battleground--nature itself becomes an enemy. --Sean Axmaker

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee J. Stamm on March 15 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A reluctant bounty hunter tries to bring in his crafty quarry with the help of two unwanted partners, a luckless prospector and a cashiered Army officer. The situation is further complicated by the outlaw's young girlfriend. This film is a rare combination of a well-written story, expert direction, beautiful location photography, and excellent performances from a cast of skilled actors. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21 2004
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I remember a few years ago watching on tv this movie for the first time. It is an outstanding western. One of the best westerns I have ever seen. Jimmy Stewart and Janet Liegh are great. I'm a sucker for romantic duos-Stewart and Liegh work very well together. I want very much to see this movie again. It is a movie that can be watched more than once. The movie is a keeper for a DVD collection. Unfortunately, the movie is not available on DVD. I'm waiting anxiously for the movie studio to release Naked Spur on DVD. In the meantime, I can purchase it on VHS. I can't wait to see it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 26 1999
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It's a shame that moviegoers often overlook the fabulous pairing of director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart in the early 1950's. This film has a fine cast and stays interesting throughout. Stewart shows great depth as a tortured bounty hunter trying to bring a criminal (Robert Ryan) to justice. Tension mounts as three other people: Ryan's girlfriend (Janet Leigh), a Union deserter (Ralph Meeker) and a hapless prospector (Millard Mitchell) switch their loyalties along the journey. Give this movie your full attention and also check out Winchester '73, The Man From Laramie, and Bend of the River. After you see these Stewart-Mann westerns you will be asking yourself one question: Who needs John Wayne?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5 1999
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Beautiful cinematography and incredible locations frame what at first seem to be stereotypical characterizations. I chuckled through the first third of the film, was literally on the edge of my chair for the rest. The relatively light-hearted beginning sets the viewer up for a wrenching emotional fall. It is a haunting story about human nature that I am having a hard time shaking off. Stewart and Leigh are simply awesome.
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Jimmy Stewart's career was doing great in 1950, and hardly needed a boost, but nonetheless, he agreed to appear in Anthony Mann's Western WINCHESTER '73, and the always superb Stewart's career took a new and more complex path. In the 1950s, Stewart would make eight movies with Mann, and five of them--WINCHESTER '73 (1950), BEND OF THE RIVER (1952), THE NAKED SPUR (1953), THE FAR COUNTRY (1954), and THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955)--would be Westerns. These five Westerns fully rival the series of Westerns that John Wayne made with John Ford. They presented the public with a new Jimmy Stewart, one consistently beset with tragedy, often driven to the edge of what human beings can bear. And sometimes, as in THE NAKED SPUR, Stewart would portray a man so driven by the difficulties that life has thrust upon him, that his greatest struggle isn't with his human enemy so much as it is with his highly tenuous grip upon sanity.
Apart from the Native American extras, this film has only five characters: Jimmy Stewart as the bounty hunter seeking a man to collect a reward that will allow him to repurchase the ranch he has lost; Janet Leigh as a young girl who has been taken up by an outlaw; Robert Ryan as the outlaw Stewart is after; Ralph Meeker as a dishonorably discharged cavalry officer; and Millard Mitchell as the old timer whose real dream is finding a mother lode. It is a great cast, and the actors all work together in marvelous fashion. Stewart and Leigh had marvelous careers, but both Ryan and Meeker were great actors who never seemed to manage to have the kinds of careers you would have expected them to have.
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By IA on July 26 2000
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Anthony Mann was known for his great psychological westerns--thanks to him, and the two writers who turned in the script, this film is especially riveting. The film tightens the screw upon five characters until the pressure becomes unbearable, and part of what makes the film excellent lies in the way it is concerned with how people interact in close quarters; the way they bond through examining what they owe each other and how they respond to each other's close proximity. If the characters--apart from Stewart's--remain two dimensional, the manner in which they interact is very much drawn from the way real people would. Janet Leigh cannot redeem her character's more hysterical moments but otherwise shows sensitivity in her part--you can detect her thoughts move. Meeker is okay, and Robert Ryan is problematic--he was a highly intelligent actor and here decides to play the outlaw part jovially. Sadly he winds up sounding forced--when less jovial he is very good--unlike the actor playing the Prospector, who is fatally wooden. It is Stewart who gives the movie greatness. Unlike John Wayne, who gave the impression of superhuman girth and will, Stewart looks and acts like an upstanding citizen--until he is pushed to his limits, and out arises an intensity that is frightening. Throughout the film he reels his dangerous feelings in and is taut and seething(even his body language is forcibly restrained)--Stewart is always best when straining himself, both physically and mentally. By the end, when he fights for his own humanity, he shocks us by arriving at the point where he can strain himself no further and what results is a wonder to watch. John Wayne could never get away with what Stewart manages here. (He'd have been scared off) Please watch this film and form your own conclusions too.
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