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KA-HUD Rating 5 out of 5


  • Martin Ritt


  • Paul Newman
  • Patricia Neal
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Brandon de Wilde


In this tale of the fading West, Paul Newman takes centre stage as the ne'er-do-well son of a Texas rancher while Patricia Neal's portrayal of their sassy housekeeper earned her the Best Actress Oscar. Although Larry McMurtry's story is ripe with moral conflict and sexual tension - themes he would revisit in The Last Picture Show - director Martin Ritt maintains a perfect mood and pace without slipping into melodrama.

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