Starring Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Henry Silva, Lee Van Cleef, Albert Salmi, Barry Coe
Surprising. Violent. Gripping.
Sheriff Sanchez: We want you to know we’ll always be grateful… and in our hearts always.
Jim Douglass: Thank you… and in your prayers, please.
The Bravados begins as so many exceptional westerns do, with a mysterious stranger riding into town. Here, the mysterious stranger is Jim Douglass (Peck). We know his name but not his motives and he arrives in town not long after a gang of violent thugs are arrested. The suspicious townsfolk wonder if he’s there to help the bad men escape, but once they do escape, Douglass is called on to recapture them. Having his own private reasons for wanting the criminals dead, he accepts. Gregory Peck is surely one of the best of the old stoic leading men. No matter how colorful his supporting cast or surroundings, he’s never upstaged. This is a juicy role for the actor and not quite his typical heroic lead. Douglass is a violent, complicated man. Perhaps one of the few antiheroes Peck ever played. The story’s also a good one; gripping and ultimately surprising.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-