Rent Two Rode Together (1961)

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1h 45min
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Synopsis:
The first pairing of legendary Western director John Ford with star Jimmy Stewart, 'Two Rode Together' is a taut, suspenseful story of two lawmen who invade Comanche Indian territory to rescue the white captives of the tribe. As in all of his seven previous Westerns, Jimmy Stewart rode his lucky horse and wore his lucky, sweat-stained Stetson. But unlike earlier Westerns where the outcome was sure to be a happy one, Two Rode Together is a dramatic and unsentimental depiction of hostages confronted by the savagery of "civilised" society. Stewart stars as a U.S. Marshal assigned to trade guns for hostages with the fearsome Comanche.
Cynical and corrupt, the character was a striking departure from Stewart's usual roles as stalwart do-gooder. Paired with Richard Widmark, Stewart locates the hostages but argues against bringing them home, knowing they will be unable to readapt to settler life. But Widmark prevails, and the party's triumphant return results in tragedy.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Stanley Shpetner, John Ford
Writers:
Frank S. Nugent, Will Cook
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/01/2006
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/03/2017
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Rebirth, a new and exclusive video essay on the film by Ford expert and scholar Tag Gallagher

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Obscure Ford Western - Two Rode Together review by GI

Spoiler Alert
09/04/2021

A bit of an oddity in director John Ford's work especially his westerns, indeed he described it as a 'piece of crap' but it's a film worthy of a re-evaluation where it yields some interesting delights. As a western made at a time when the genre was at it's height but arguably beginning to wane this is narratively an unusual film. James Stewart (in his first film with Ford) plays against type as a cynical and corrupt town Marshall who is pressurised by his army friend, Jim (Richard Widmark), to help recover white captives from the Comanches. In this story thread their are obvious links to Ford's The Searchers (1956) and the racism is there but here roundly condemned by Ford in his portrayal of the bigoted white settlers desperate to recover their lost children but unprepared for the changes captivity has brought. It's the reintegration of these young people that forms the central theme of the film and the usual genre tropes are mostly absent, in fact there's only one real scene of gunplay and it's over in a flash and hardly registers. This is mostly a character study about male camaraderie and Ford's comedy prowess is riddled throughout the film. But it's because it's such an unusual western that makes it worth checking out today. The cinematography reveals a brow beaten west with subdued colours that gives the film a deliberate melancholy feel and the cynicism of the characters to their lives and futures reflects the slow drift into a new age for America. If you are a western fan and/or committed to cinema as art then this is a film that will be of interest and it's worth comparing it to Ford's next film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), where Ford effectively closed the door on the traditional western mythology.

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