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Budd Boetticher Box Set (1957-1960)

Cast: Randolph Scott, Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, more...
Director: Budd Boetticher, Budd Boetticher
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure, Westerns
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Budd Boetticher Box Set: Buchanan Rides Alone (Disc 3 of 5) (1958)
Buchanan (Randolph Scott) rides alone through Texas, en route to his future home of Mexico. He is sidetracked during a stopover in a lawless border town, where Mexican youth Juan (Manuel Rojas) sits in jail, awaiting trial for the killing of the local bully. It seems that the dead man had several influential relatives who intend to string up poor Juan before justice can be served. Championing the boy's cause, Buchanan methodically sets out to undermine the villains by playing one against the other. As was customary in the Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher films of the 1950s, Buchanan Ride Alone offers unrelenting tension and innumerable plot twists until its explosive finale.

Budd Boetticher Box Set: Comanche Station (Disc 5 of 5) (1960)
The last of the Randolph Scott/ Budd Boetticher collaborations, Comanche Station stars Scott as another "lone rider" who takes on a highly dangerous job. Scott must rescue Nancy Gates from her Comanche captors and return the woman to her husband. He is assisted by a trio of criminals, who are out for the reward money and who plan to divide the spoils with as few partners as possible. As his ranks diminish in the face of Indian resistance, Scott must finish his mission alone. Comanche Station was scripted by Burt Kennedy, later a top western director is his own right.

Budd Boetticher Box Set: Decision at Sundown (Disc 2 of 5) (1957)
Decision at Sundown was one of several felicitous collaborations between star Randolph Scott and director Budd Boetticher. Scott plays a flint-eyed gunman who rides into a sleepy town to drive out local tough guy John Carroll by sundown. Scott is motivated not by justice but by revenge; years earlier, Carroll had stolen Scott's wife. The woman subsequently killed herself, and the fact that she had left Scott willingly is torturing both men, each of whom feels partially responsible for her death. As sundown approaches, the "angst" suffered by both hero and villain spreads to the rest of the townspeople, who do a lot of soul-searching while waiting for the final confrontation. Decision at Sundown truly lives up to the label "psychological western".

Budd Boetticher Box Set: Ride Lonesome (Disc 4 of 5) (1959)
This is one of several solid B-grade Westerns produced at the height of the genre's popularity in the '50s by the partnership of director Budd Boetticher, star Randolph Scott, and writer Burt Kennedy. Scott stars as Ben Brigade, a taciturn bounty hunter who captures wanted murderer Billy John (James Best) and heads for Santa Cruz, where a reward awaits Brigade and a rope most likely awaits the killer. There's more to Brigade than meets the eye, however; his actual quarry is Frank (Lee Van Cleef), his prisoner's brother and the man who killed Brigade's wife. At a trading post where Brigade and his prisoner have stopped, Indians attack. The bounty hunter saves the life of Mrs. Lane (Karen Steele), wife of the post's deceased manager. Lane decides to accompany her rescuer to Santa Cruz, so Brigade, counting on a showdown with Frank, hires outlaws Sam and Whit (Pernell Roberts and James Coburn) for protection on the duration of the journey. During the trip, Sam and Whit discuss betraying Brigade and turning in Billy John themselves for a reward and pardon. Coburn made his screen debut with the film.

Budd Boetticher Box Set: The Tall T (Disc 1 of 5) (1957)
Perhaps the grittiest and grimmest of the Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher collaborations, The Tall T was adapted by Burt Kennedy from the Elmore Leonard short story The Captive. Scott plays a former ranch foreman who, along with newlyweds Maureen O'Sullivan and John Hubbard, is held hostage at a deserted stagecoach station by ruthless bandit Richard Boone and his henchmen Henry Silva and Skip Homeier. Since we already know that Boone has no qualms about killing a freckle-faced 10 year old boy, we shudder to think of what's in store for Scott and his fellow captives once Boone carries out his plan to rob the next stagecoach. In Boetticher's time-honored Mexican Standoff fashion, Scott bargains with Boone for the life of O'Sullivan, but his efforts are undercut by Hubbard's cowardly treachery. The film's sparse, carefully controlled tension level bursts into full-out bloodshed only minutes before the final fade-out. Curiously, the title The Tall T is never explained at any time; certainly the "T" doesn't refer to Randolph Scott, whose character name is Pat Brennan. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

"In the mid-1950s, director Budd Boetticher and actor Randolph Scott teamed up for a series of finely etched, elegiac westerns which count among the greatest glories of American cinema of the time." That's how the New York Film Festival announced the screening of the newly restored Seven Men From Now in 2000, finally out on DVD [Update, 11/4/08: And now the addition of five more of his films on disc! -- ed.]. Between 1988 and 1992, Sean Axmaker conducted a series of interviews with the late director. In these highlights, Boetticher talks about his work with two unique men, Scott and writer Burt Kennedy, 18-day shoots and gunslingers in love. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Ratings

Budd Boetticher Box Set: Buchanan Rides Alone (Disc 3 of 5) (1958)
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7.83 (6 votes)
Budd Boetticher Box Set: Comanche Station (Disc 5 of 5) (1960)
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8.67 (6 votes)
Budd Boetticher Box Set: Decision at Sundown (Disc 2 of 5) (1957)
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7.80 (5 votes)
Budd Boetticher Box Set: Ride Lonesome (Disc 4 of 5) (1959)
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8.00 (6 votes)
Budd Boetticher Box Set: The Tall T (Disc 1 of 5) (1957)
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8.12 (8 votes)

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