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The Wonderful Country (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 October 1959 (USA)
A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screenplay), Tom Lea (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Martin Brady
Julie London ... Helen Colton
Gary Merrill ... Maj. Stark Colton
Albert Dekker ... Texas Ranger Capt. Rucker
Jack Oakie ... Travis Hyte
Charles McGraw ... Dr. Herbert J. Stovall
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ... Sgt. Tobe Sutton (as 'Satchel' Paige)
Anthony Caruso ... Santiago Santos
Mike Kellin ... Pancho Gil
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Gen. Marcos Castro (as Victor Mendoza)
Jay Novello ... Diego Casas
John Banner ... Ben Sterner
Max Slaten Max Slaten ... Ludwig 'Chico' Sterner
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... (as Marguerito Luna)
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Stoker
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Storyline

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. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The pistolero...who was as proud as the mighty black stallion he rode...the man who hungered for the softness of a woman and the clean skies of "The Wonderful Country"! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heiße Grenze See more »

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Production Co:

D.R.M. Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Lea, who wrote the novel on which the movie is based, has a cameo as the barber who gives Robert Mitchum a shave. See more »

Goofs

The first street scene and the leg-setting scene deal with a broken left leg, but the next scene shows a broken and bandaged right leg. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Tobe Sutton: I don't know what to do. I don't know where I am. I don't know nothin'.
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Featured in The Intelligence Men (1965) See more »

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El Desterrado (The Banished)
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Written by Jorge Negrete
Performed by Joel Valenz
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Wonderful Country, Wonderful Movie
6 December 2003 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

So many times the title of the movie misleads the viewer. Not in this case. The title "Wonderful Country" perfectly describes this movie. The desert photography and imagery of frontier Texas and Old Mexico is almost overwhelming.

With a few exceptions, I have never been a Robert Mitchum fan, but this role brings out those qualities in him that have always attracted the fans. When commenting on his acting ability, he once said, "I only know two ways to act. With or without a horse." This is a great example of how to act with a horse. As a matter of fact, one of his co-stars in this movie IS his horse.

The story somewhat routine. Mitchum flees across the Rio Grande as a youngster after killing the man who killed his father. There he becomes a pistolero in the employ of a couple of corrupt brothers who control that part of Mexico. On a gun buying trip north across the border, he is thrown by his horse and is unable to return to Mexico. While in Texas he meets and falls for the wife of the military governor played by Julie London, in probably her only significant role. As he recovers, he is involved in another shooting and finally escapes back to Mexico, where he is falls out of favor with his patrons for losing the guns.

It isn't the story that makes this movie. It's the photography. It's the musical score and Mariachi orchestration. It's the touching performances of all the principal players. It is a BIG movie. The dusty majesty and corruption of Old Mexico along with the personal imagery of everyday life is riviting. In my opinion, this movie rates right up there with other Western giants like: Shane, The Searchers, Stagecoach, and a half dozen others. This is a movie that would be best seen on the big screen. Do it - if you ever get the chance.


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