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|A Big Hand for the Little Lady|
Actors: Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Paul Ford, Charles Bickford
Director: Fielder Cook
Genres: Westerns, Comedy, Drama
As the biggest high-stake poker game in the West begins, compulsive gambler turned homesteader, Meredith, is drawn into the game. With the entire family fortune at stake, he suffers a heart attack when delt a winning hand.... more »
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Henry Fonda in suspenseful card game with surprise ending
C. Roberts | Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom | 01/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""A Big Hand for the Little Lady" is a great film which on the face of it appears to be a Western but how can it be when there is no gunfight on the town's main street, no saloon fights or bar room brawls, no sheriff to keep order and put the bad guys in jail, no Indians, in fact, not much "action" of any kind that would usually be associated with the Western film. So what is the appeal of this unusual film where most of the story takes place during a long drawn out card game in the back room of the town's hotel? The tension mounts as stranger in town Henry Fonda is tempted to get into the high stakes poker game with some wealthy cattlemen after he had promised his wife he would give up gambling. Obviously, he does join the game and is convinced that he has been dealt a hand that can't lose but the other players in the game also have good hands that each one feels could be the winner. Who is bluffing who? Can Fonda risk losing all the family savings of his wife and young son? Will the stakes go too high for Fonda to stay in the game? Can wife Joanne Woodward persuade Fonda to see sense and walk away? Surprise is piled upon surprise as the game progresses and the final twist is a beauty.
Some favourite lines from the film:
Jason Robards Jr (to Henry Fonda): "That's four hundred dollars to you. And you know something mister, you ain't got enough left to stay in this pot".
Henry Fonda (to Joanne Woodward): "I got a hand of cards here comes once in a lifetime".
Joanne Woodward (to card players): "How do you play this game?".
Paul Ford (to Joanne Woodward): "Nobody sees those cards but you and C. P. Ballinger".
What holds your interest is the finely plotted screenplay by Sidney Carroll and the magnificent acting from the entire cast. Henry Fonda and Joanne Woodward in the lead roles are admirably supported by Jason Robards Jr, Charles Bickford, Kevin McCarthy, Burgess Meredith, Robert Middleton and Paul Ford. Competently directed by Fielder Cook it grips your attention throughout and then packs a totally unexpected surprise ending that will delight you!! Upon release in the U.K. the title was changed to "Big Deal at Dodge City" which was a strange choice as the action takes place in Laredo. Anyway, to sum up, a great film well worth looking out for with impeccable performances by the first rate cast."
This movie is a delight!
Gwen Geisinger | Brooklyn, NY | 10/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This unique sixties Western has it all - wonderful plot, amazing cast and can actually be enjoyed by the whole family! This is the kind of film that only gets better with repeated viewings. Personally, I am always mesmerized by Joanne Woodward's fabulous performance. Perfection! The rest of the cast is outstanding as well - the always hilarious Paul Ford, the great Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Burgess Meredith. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING THAT THIS IS NOT OUT ON DVD!!!!"
One Of The Best Poker Movies Ever!!
Dispatch911 | Waco, TX United States | 03/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know how I feel about this movie from my title....So When is it going to come out on DVD? I refuse to pay $10 to $20 for a crummy VHS tape, surely they will get a clue and release this classic film on DVD (I can hope)...The Others have done a fine job in reviewing this movie, I was just hoping that some Studio Researcher or big wig would see this and decide...Hey if the VHS sells so well, How about a DVD!!!"
An ace in the hole, suitable for most any audience
paul_howard | San Ramon, CA United States | 06/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Superior acting from an all-star cast would alone make this one a winner. Add a novel story line with continual twists and turns, nonstop action, and glimpses into human nature elicited through a big stakes poker game, and you end up with one of the best westerns ever filmed. The only negative surprise is how few people -- even movie buffs -- know about this one. The industry should make it available in DVD, but the VHS sound and picture quality are as close to DVD as anything I've seen."