Two-time OscarÂ(r) winner* Anthony Quinn is "crafty, laconic and rugged" (Variety) as a fatally conflicted criminal in this sharp, stylish and "off-beat western [that delivers] genuineexcitement" (Films & Filming)! Against... more » the backdrop of the violent Mexican border, a lawman's grim duty and an outlaw's despair collide in a film Variety calls "no ordinary western"! Texas Marshal Hamish (William Conrad) is sent to Mexico to bring Kallen (Quinn) to justice. But once Kallen is captured, Hamish finds himself allied with the outlaw against marauding, murderousApaches. When Hamish is seriously wounded and Kallen sees his chance to escape, which will he choose: freedom or redemption?« less
"This is a classic 50's westerm with great acting and suspense. The production is great, and the film looks very good on this DVD transfer. Very little grain on the picture, and the black and white shots are spectacular!"
Scared men make mistakes
Steven Hellerstedt | 05/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE RIDE BACK opens with a couple of young boys playing marshal and bad guy on the sleepy streets of a small western town. One is play captured and led away at wooden gunpoint when a real gunshot is heard and Anthony Quinn storms out a barbershop, his face still covered with shaving cream, his gun still smoking. Cue Eddie Albert - yes, that Green Acres' Eddie Albert - to sing the title song, "The Ride Back." Roberto "Bob" Kallen (Quinn) flees, presumably over the border into Mexico, and the audience next joins up with Sheriff Chris Hamish (William Conrad), extradition papers in hand, soon to be on the trail south to bring Kallen back north to face trial for the killing. Hamish eventually finds his man, and the bulk of the movie chronicles their ride back to justice. When I first popped this dvd in the player I thought THE RIDE BACK was going to rehash the popular and acclaimed 3:10 TO YUMA, another western about a flawed representative of the law transporting a crafty criminal to justice. 3:10 TO YUMA was a popular and critical hit, but I had to jettison that theory when I learned that THE RIDE BACK was released about 4 months prior to 3:10. The movie has a good look to it, and Conrad and Quinn are effective. Their characters are nicely nuanced. For instance, the first confrontation between Kallen and Hamish contains this engaging little piece of repartee - Kallen: You don't look to me like you're much. Hamish: I'm not. Kallen is there to mock and ridicule, Hamish is brutish and defensive. THE RIDE BACK is an `adult' western of the 1950s, and it's more or less a given that the trail will be filled with dangers, the bad guy will try to escape, the two lead characters will grow and change and reach a level of mutual understanding and respect. An internet source has it that THE RIDE BACK is adapted from a Gunsmoke radio program episode. It's an intriguing possibility. Conrad played Matt Dillon on the radio in the 50s and early 60s. Too short and too portly for television (at least until the 1970s), Conrad was rejected in favor of James Arness when Gunsmoke premiered as a television series in 1955. It must have been a blow to his ego, and the William Conrad produced THE RIDE BACK may have been his response to events. I don't demand innovative techniques or stories from westerns. As long as the story is well blocked, the action proceeds with a logical flow, and the acting isn't distractingly bad, I'm satisfied. THE RIDE BACK meets or surpasses all those conditions, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. "
Underrated Anthony Quinn Western
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Anthony Quinn and William Conrad (of Cannon television show fame and the voice of Matt Dillon on the Gunsmoke Radio program) star in this overlooked western about a Texas border town marshal who goes to Mexico looking for accused killer Anthony Quinn, who has taken up with a woman and endeared himself to the citizens of the little village where he lives.
Conrad forces Quinn to return with him to stand trial, and their journey brings peril at every turn, causing the two enemies to begrudgingly depend and rely on each other.
Both Quinn and Conrad give first-rate performances and bring dignity to the proceedings. Don't pass up the opportunity to see or own this fine film."
A Triumphant Test of Character!!
Steven Hellerstedt | 01/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A Sheriff with a failing record retrieves a criminal in Mexico determined to sucessfully bring him back to the US.Starring,Anthony Quinn,this movie is a triumphant test of character!!"
The Ride Back
James R. Holt | Sydney | 07/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Has some depth and complexity. Similar plot to that of 3:10 to Yuma: lone, troubled lawman bringing a charismatic fugitive to justice. I could have done without Eddie Albert blasting out the film's ballad on the soundtrack."