The Brute in Everyman Was Also in Him - And the Love and the Violence
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1967
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett & Donald Pleasence|
|Performer:||Lee Majors, Bruce Dern, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Clifton James, Anthony Zerbe, Roy Jenson, Quentin Dean, Lydia Clarke & G.D. Spradlin|
|Directed by||Tom Gries|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Screenwriting by||Tom Gries|
|Composition by||David Raksin|
|Art Direction by||Roland Anderson & Hal Pereira|
|Produced by||Fred Engel & Walter Seltzer|
|Director of Photography:||Lucien Ballard|
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Perhaps we should make a distinction between Westerns and cowboy movies, one we can use when a film like Will Penny comes along. This isn't a Western; it's slung too close to the ground for that. But it is the best cowboy movie since Hud. Full Review
Rating: A -- One of the most underrated Westerns ever made. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4/5 -- Cowboy character study mixes violence and depth; some peril. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 3/5 -- 3.5
Movie City News
Rating: 4/5 -- Charlton Heston's solid turn in a more life-sized role is the centerpiece of this darkly haunting western.
Kansas City Star
But for one scene too cruel for the story to support, and one scene in which the hero is taught Christmas carols too maudlin to believe, "Will Penny" might have been the best cowboy movie in some time. Full Review
New York Times
...[An] unjustly neglected cult Western....[Heston] is relaxed, almost natural, and overall quite good...
Charleton Heston, alongside an extraordinary supporting cast, gives a fine performance in this excellent example of the "loner" western. He is Will Penny, an aging cowboy, whose never-ending quest for work is interrupted by Quint (Donald Pleasance), a maniacal preacher, and his two sons. After Will kills one of Quint's sons during a scuffle, Quint vows revenge and returns to keep his word. Meanwhile, Will finds unexpected love in the form of Catherine (Joan Hackett), who is en route to California to meet her husband. Director Tom Gries's effective screenplay emphasizes the hopelessness and loneliness of the Old West over action and heroics.
Will Penny is an inarticulate cattlehand who has roamed the western plains alone for most of his years. When he meets a radiant young woman traveling to the West Coast to join her new husband, he falls hopelessly in love with her. These new feelings force Will, in his halting way, to acknowledge the previous emptiness of his own life. And although the woman is willing to forsake her husband for Will's love, the cowpoke's confrontation with a crazed preacher and his three violent sons threatens to keep the lovers from ever finding happiness together.
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