The Wonderful Country
Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano Castro. Brady breaks a leg and while recuperating in Texas the gun shipment is stolen. Complicating matters further the wife of local army major Colton has designs on him, and the local Texas Ranger captain makes him a generous offer to come back to the states and join his outfit. After killing a man in self defense, Brady slips back over the border and confronts Castro who is not only unhappy that Brady has lost his gun shipment but is about to join forces with Colton to battle the local raiding Apache Indians.
I thought this would be better than it was. All was looking good. A horse called Lagrymas (tears), a regiment of black soldiers, killer (almost) tumbleweed.... but it didn't really develop. Solid, but no more than that.
Discreto western con un grande Mitchum.
La parte migliore è sicuramente la centrale con i continui rimandi di sfida tra le culture americane e messicane (il film è ambientato vicino al Rio Grande (?) spartiacque tra "al" Messico e l'America) - a farne la spesa ovviamente saranno gli indiani.
Il film è anche profondamente ipocrita e pro-USA e, ancora ipocrita quindi, sebbene uno spettatore un poco smaliziato non farà fatica a notare che il castello non sta in piedi e anzi rovina su di sé.
A solidly entertaining Western that's a bit episodic in nature. Mitchum is excellent as the American making a living with his gun in Mexico but it loses half a star for Julie London as Mitchum's love interest, she just seems out of place and not worth the fuss. There's an excellent ending though.