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8 /10
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8.93 /10
Paul Newman , Patricia Neal , Melvyn Douglas
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Directed by: Martin Ritt
Written by: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank from Larry McMurtry's novel Horseman Pass By

Released: 1963
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 112

A rancher's hedonistic son (Paul Newman, pictured left with Patricia Neal) wishes to sell off a herd that may have foot-and-mouth disease; his father (Melvyn Douglas) has scruples and prefers to have them slaughtered.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Less a conventional western than a blistering study of American materialism, all the more powerful for being personified so charismatically by Paul Newman. Martin Ritt's superb character study is enriched by Patricia Neal's longsuffering housekeeper and Brandon de Wilde's hero-worshipping nephew.

James Wong Howe's cinematography rightly won an Oscar.

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