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Three Violent People
Three Violent People
Actors: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Gilbert Roland, Tom Tryon, Forrest Tucker
Director: Rudolph Maté
Genres: Westerns, Classics, Drama
NR     2005     1hr 40min

In THREE VIOLENT PEOPLE, Charlton Heston plays straight-laced rancher Colt Saunders, an ex-Confederate cavalryman coping with the land-grabbing tax policies of a greedy Reconstruction leader. Unbeknownst to him, he?s marr...  more »


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Actors: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Gilbert Roland, Tom Tryon, Forrest Tucker
Director: Rudolph Maté
Creators: Loyal Griggs, Alma Macrorie, Hugh Brown, Barney Slater, James Edward Grant, Leonard Praskins
Genres: Westerns, Classics, Drama
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Classics, Family Life
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/19/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Entertaining character Western in the tradition of "Duel in
Roberto Frangie | Leon, Gto. Mexico | 11/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When Cault Saunders (Charlton Heston) proposed marriage to the 'flower of the Old South,' Lorna Hunter (Anne Baxter) was completely surprised...

'I'm looking for a wife, Miss Hunter. Do you want to get married?' But Lorna's answer was interrupted by Cault's long kiss...

When they arrived to his ranch - already married - Lorna is introduced to Innocencio (Gilbert Roland) his Mexican right arm...

When Lorna begins to familiarize with the place, Cault's brother, Cinch (Tom Tryon) appears on the scene, demanding his brother to sell portion of the ranch to any Northerner and to pay him his part in gold...

Lorna was curious why Cinch is 'one-armed.' Her husband, impressed, narrated: 'We were just kids when it happened. We were horsing around on the windmill platform on the south ranch. Cinch got his arm caught in the gears of the windmill. I had to amputate his arm.'

Soon, leaving the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, a stranger named Massey comes in sight... He identifies Lorna as a former saloon hostess from St. Louis... He tries to address some courteous words to her, but Lorna pretended ignorance...

Cable (Forrest Tucker) insisted in pushing Massey to acknowledge Saunders about the past of his wife...

Lorna admits her sin to Saunders, who was astonished... 'I'd get down on my knees if I thought it would help,' said Lorna, revealing then that she is going to have his baby...

In the meantime, the government soldiers were planning for possession of the ranch, and Cinch invites his brother to a showdown...

Heston is convincing as the untouchable in ethics, straight attitude toward upright conduct and honesty...

Anne Baxter is excellent in her role as the tarnished woman, offended in her dignity... I remember her when preparing to leave her husband, she warns him with this great truth: 'When you're raising the boy, try to remember something. That people aren't perfect. They make mistakes. And when they do, they suffer, they pay. So when he makes his mistakes, try to find it in you to forgive him.'

Tom Tryon seems reasonable, but avaricious and deceitful...

Gilbert Roland will be always remembered as the Great Mexican Latin Lover of the silent and sound screen...

Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor, and directed by Rudolph Maté "Three Violent People" is an entertaining character Western in the tradition of "Duel in the Sun."

Anna Christie in Reconstruction Texas
Ann Bronwen | 11/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is the story of an exConfederate officer, (Charlton Heston) who meets and impulsively marries a former dance hall lady, (Anne Baxter). He knows nothing of her past, but through the schemings of corrupt carpetbaggers who want his ranch, he soon learns all. He is furious and sends her away. His humor is not improved when she and his resentful younger brother try to make off with his prize herd of horses. But all ends well, when love and true character triumph.

This is a classic B western, made at the height of the "adult western" era. Ms Baxter's costumes are 50's cocktail dresses with long skirts. One wonders why this cast of heavy hitters, (Heston, Baxter, Gilbert Roland, Forrest Tucker, Tom Tryon) were featured in such a routine film. Although everyone does a professional job, the scenes have a stagey quality. Perhaps as "A viewer" suggested, Baxter and Heston were exhausted from their recent efforts in "The Ten Commandments."

Nonetheless, there are some interesting plot turns and great location photograpy. It is certainly one of the better movies of this type. The bottom line is go ahead and see it."
Pretty Good...
Ann Bronwen | 04/19/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This was not one of Charlton Heston's most remembered or for that matter most enjoyed films as the critics say. Nevertheless, I woud say it has a somewhat interesting plot. This film was the one that Heston had made immediately shooting "The Ten Commandments" (1956). I guess he had been quite exhausted after such an arduous shoot when making "Three Violent People". Yet the film is not very historically accurate and the supporting actresses are played by Hollywood glamour girls such as Anne Baxter. I'm a man quite older than Mr. Heston, being eighty-seven, and I remember seeing this film in my theatre for the first time in 1957 at about age 45. I had taught history prior to this for 22 years and thought that this film only wanted to gross in money instead of following the books. Yet the effort Heston puts into this film is fine. I'm sure this picture would've been more of a success if C.H. was allowed to choose his own actors to play these parts."
Three Violent People Applause
classic movie fan | Greensboro, NC United States | 10/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of my favorite movies of all times! Looked everywhere for it, and finally found it! Absolutly one of a kind, and very creative in the way of westerns."