We watched a great western last night. We are both big western fans having been brought up on John Wayne and Clint Eastwood classics and it's good to have some new western films about, although the one we watched last night was a remake.
The 3.10 to Yuma was originally released in 1957 and starred Glen Ford and Val Heflin as the two main characters. Their parts are played by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the 2007 remake.
The film tells the story of the capture and attempted delivery to prison of a notorious robber Ben Wade (Russell Crowe). A simple farmer, Dan Evans (Christian Bale) gets caught up in the story in an attempt to save his farm and gain the respect of his eldest son.
I have not yet seen the original however I really enjoyed the remake. It has all the tension and sinister feel of a good western along with a good guy you want to win and a bad guy you can't help liking. I can imagine Glen Ford being very effective in the role of Ben Wade as he is a likable character no matter what his sins. I found the same to be true of the charming Russell Crowe.
I watched Russell Crowe is a western a few years ago along with Sharon Stone, Leonardo Dicaprio and Gene Hackman called the Quick and the Dead. It is a slightly less serious western to that which I am used to however I thought the story was original and refreshing and the cast were excellent. I have to say I have never seen Gene Hackman in a role he did not excel in and this is no exception. He is brutal, cruel and terrifying.
The Quick and the Dead tells the story of a girl gunslinger seeking revenge against Gene Hackman for crimes against her family. She returns to the town Gene Hackman controls and takes part in the annual shoot out competition in an attempt to get close enough to him to kill him.
It's an early role for Leonardo Dicaprio but a good one from an actor I have come to respect as he has matured.
Image Credits: The Internet Movie Database & Home Videos respectively.