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The Young Land
The Young Land
Actors: Patrick Wayne, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Dan O'Herlihy, Roberto De La Madrid
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Genres: Westerns
NR     2002     1hr 29min

This "Sincere western..." (according to Leonard Maltin), set in 1848 California, stars Patrick Wayne as a lawman with high morals and co-stars Dennis Hopper as a rebellious gunslinger. Hopper goes on trial for killing a...  more »


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Actors: Patrick Wayne, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Dan O'Herlihy, Roberto De La Madrid
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Creators: Henry Sharp, Winton C. Hoch, C.V. Whitney, Lowell J. Farrell, Patrick Ford, John Reese, Norman S. Hall
Genres: Westerns
Sub-Genres: Westerns
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/26/2002
Original Release Date: 05/01/1959
Theatrical Release Date: 05/01/1959
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

rsoonsa | Lake Isabella, California | 02/25/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a restored version of this interesting feature, actually completed in 1957 by Buena Vista (Disney) but canned for two years until Columbia rescued and released it, supposedly based upon an historic incident, and there is a good deal to appreciate here, in particular excellent camerawork under the aegis of director Ted Tetzlaff, known essentially as a cinematographer. The scenario places the action in the newborn state of California in 1848, relating of a homicide trial with the defendant, played by Dennis Hopper, accused of murdering a local Mexican/Californian during an observed gun duel, after which he is arrested by the local unofficially appointed and unarmed sheriff, portrayed by 18 year Patrick Wayne. One of the better of a blessedly rare genre, The Didactic Western, YOUNG LAND's primary motif becomes a question as to whether the United States system of justice will serve up fair verdicts for non-English speaking citizens, with the efforts of an imported State judge (Dan O'Herlihy) to organize a proper trial inside a sheep barn being particularly engrossing as the judge is not accustomed to such rude courtroom surroundings. Thanks to a rather large budget, art director Jack Okey creates a Mexican village including a plaza, cantina, jail, and other buildings, and Tetzlaff, favouring long shots shows the players in full along with the location settings, all used to good advantage in glorious Technicolor through strong performances by Hopper, O'Herlihy, Ben Stroud, and Ken Curtis as a fugitive converted into a deputy.