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The Tin Star (1957)

Cast: Henry Fonda, Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, more...
Director: Anthony Mann, Anthony Mann
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Westerns
Running Time: 92 min.
Subtitles: English
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Taciturn marshal-turned-bounty hunter Henry Fonda rides into a small town where greenhorn deputy Anthony Perkins is sole representative of the law. Sensing that the boy could use some seasoning, Fonda makes it his mission to teach Perkins how to protect himself against the criminal element. Though diametrically opposed in personality, the older Fonda and the younger Perkins find they are kindred spirits in their dedication to their work. Using the lessons taught him by Fonda, Perkins is able to prove his worth by taking on town hothead Neville Brand. Directed with a minimum of slack and flab by Anthony Mann, The Tin Star was later spun off into the TV series The Deputy, which starred Henry Fonda and Allen Case. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

kind of a lame pony by cammelltoe June 23, 2004 - 5:34 PM PDT
This one is for Mann completists only. Wyatt Earp teaches Norman Bates how to cock a pistol and I still couldn't stifle a yawn. Henry Fonda, playing the character usually inhabited by Jimmy Stewart in Mann's superior westerns (BEND OF THE RIVER, THE FAR COUNTRY, MAN FROM LARAMIE)is helplessly rendered one-dimensional by an obvious, unambiguous script and his own earnest performance, which refuses to allow the charactor to get down & dirty when called to be. There are a few nices flourishes--- Mann hasn't forgotten where to put the camera--- but taken as a whole, what you see here is mundane,competant and ultimetly, unimpressive.

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