"Pay no attention to Maltin's dsimissive review: this is a fine film. The entire cast is in excellent form, with DaSilva's miner and Robinson's snake oil salesman particularly noteworthy. Newman's performance as the bandit is peculiar but fascinating, and often hilarious. An amusing and thought-provoking movie from the 60's, a decade that gave us some of our best films."
"Rashomon"...Newman Style...Updated Review With- DVD Details
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 08/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review refers to "The Outrage" (1964)...
"The Outrage" is Director Martin Ritt's Western version of Akira Kurosawa's classic masterpiece "Rashomon". Paul Newman stars as the ruthless Juan Carrasco. We already know that when Ritt and Newman team up for a Western/Character study ("Hombre"/"Hud") we are in for a cinematic excellence. This film is no exception.
Filmed in stark black and white, which is perfect for this story, the film opens at a gloomy railway station, in the pouring rain, while three men wait for the train. A preacher is so outraged by the events that unfolded at a murder/rape trail that he is fleeing town. Another wants to hear the story that could make a preacher run, and the third, witness to the events, begins to tell the tale.
Carrasco, who has a reputation for being the baddest of the bad, is on trial for the murder of a man(Laurence Harvey), and the rape of his wife(Claire Bloom). He says, it doesn't matter what I say,you will convict me for the crimes I have committed and even the ones you only think I have. He confesses and tells the story of how he tortured the couple. But, that's not the end, only the beginning, as there are 3 other versions of the story to be heard, each telling it through their eyes, with very different outcomes.
The viewer gets to witness these four very different but tragic stories, with the three principles taking on very different personalities in each version. One story even takes a comical turn at the events.
Ritt does an excellent job of taking the viewer through the four different scenarios. Newman, Harvey, and Bloom take on the changes impeccably. James Wong Howe's cinematography, and camera angles add greatly to the tenseness of the story. William Shatner, Edward G Robinson and Howard Da Silva round off this huge cast fabulously, as the fleeing preacher , the nosey con man and the prospector who "saw it all".
I was hoping to find a DVD edition of this wonderful film, but no luck. Hopefully it will be restored, and transfered in the original widescreen soon.
update:2/18/09 - My wish came true. I now own the DVD and here is a litle about the dvd:2/18/09 - Howe's b/w cinematography looked clean and crisp. Whites very white and the picture was clear. The railway station scenes, dark to start with seemed a little too dark at times and hard to see the faces ocassionally,but for the most part and the rest of the film, a nice sharp view in widescreen format. The rain sounded as if it was coming down right outside my window. Features: Warner Bros - you dropped the ball here. There were no special features at all.It doesnt even come with any insert. Not even a chapter menu. If you want to see a certain scene, you have to use your skip button and then fast forward or reverse till you find what you are looking for. Language is English only, but there are Subtitles in English and French only.
reviews for vhs and dvd mixed together if you are on vhs page and looking for the dvd here is the link:The Outrage
A fine film and must have for Newman fans....enjoy...Laurie also recommended:Empire Falls (Every Small Town Has a Big Story) Vol. 1 Hombre"
Waiting for the DVD version!
LtCol Richard L. Jones (USAF-Retire | Warner Robins, GA USA | 04/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my all time favorites since it came out in the sixties. In my line of work, there has always been an axiom that in every controversy, there is my story, your story, and the truth. This film does the best job of presenting this age-old dilemma of searching for the truth through biased observers. Not only that, it is extremely entertaining as well, with a cast to die for, each one protraying their character four different ways within the same film. Newman, Bloom and Harvey are magnificent, doing exactly what each version requires. There is quite a bit of humor as well, and I suppose some reviewers were put off by that, wanting the work to be more serious. Well, this film is proof that a serious subject can be dealt with in an entertaining fashion. Wish they would release in DVD."
Four people tell four different stories of the same event
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 12/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Based on two of Akutagawa's writings ("Rashomon" and "In a Grove") and adapted for the screen by Akira Kurosawa, THE OUTRAGE is the story of a crime that's recounted by the three people involved, plus a fourth man who witnessed what happened. Their memories of an assault and murder vary widely; only one of them recalls the incidents accurately.
Martin Ritt directs and James Wong Howe is cinematographer of a most unusual western. With a fine script and superb cast-- this one is a standout!
Paul Newman's next significant picture after "Outrage" was HARPER (1966). Laurence Harvey may be best-remembered for his portrayal of Raymond Shaw in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962). Claire Bloom co-starred with Richard Burton in Martin Ritt's classic THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1965). Edward G. Robinson is excellent as king of poker players Lancey Howard in THE CINCINNATI KID (1965). William Shatner's finest screen work was in Roger Corman's racially-charged THE INTRUDER (1962).
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.
(6.2) The Outrage (1962) - Paul Newman/Laurence Harvey/Claire Bloom/Edward G. Robinson/William Shatner/Howard Da Silva/Albert Salmi/Thomas Chalmers/Paul Fix"
I've Never Seen Rashomon
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 03/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike a lot of the reviewers I have no frame of reference in comparing this Western remake of Kurasawa's original so I have to judge the film on it's own terms. It's a good film that posits alot of interesting food for thought not the least that cowardice and vanity are sins comparable to rape and murder. That said it doesn't live up to it's potential. I attribute that to the hammy performances by the film's principals and Paul Newman is not exempt from criticism. His bandit seems to have been lifted note-for-note from Eli Wallach in "The Magnificent Seven" and not with good results. You could engender more empathy for Claire Bloom's rape victim if her performance wasn't so overwrought. Laurence Harvey, per usual, is the substance of wood. The best work here is delivered by the supporting actors who witnessed the events of the trial. Believe it or not, William Shatner as a disillusioned preacher gives an effectively understated account. Howard Da Silva as a prospector who gives key testmony at the trial and the inimitable Edward G. Robinson as a sarcastic snake oil salesman are also terrific. An interesting film that could have been more."