USA Today - 03/29/1991
"...Anthony Mann's final Western is also the last great Gary Cooper film..."
Uncut - 04/01/2005
"Anthony Mann's last movie proved to be his most intense an ambitious western."
Film Comment - 05/01/2008
"Anthony Mann's last great western....The meticulous detailing in the costume design reflects Mann's penchant for characterization through precise physical description..."
Total Film - 11/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "Cooper channels the pull of the past with manful heft. The resulting punch still smarts. Terrific."
In this 1958 western from director Anthony Mann (WINCHESTER '73), middle-aged former outlaw Link Jones on his way to hire a schoolteacher when he is confronted by train robbers and forced to form an uneasy alliance his old gang in order save the lives of an innocent dancehall girl and a shady gambler. Gary Cooper (HIGH NOON) and Lee J. Cobb (12 ANGRY MEN) star in MAN OF THE WEST, a romantic yet thoughtfully austere action drama that captures the minimalist heart at the center of the western genre.
A brutal, violent, and uncompromising look at the American old west. A former outlaw, along with two other victims, are robbed and held hostage by members of his former gang.
Color by DeLuxe. Shot in CinemaScope.
Additional cast: Tina Menard (Mexican Woman) and Joe Dominquez (Mexican Man).