Out of the Past: The Films of Robert Mitchum

The Wonderful Country

Robert ParrishUSA98 minutes1959PGB&WEnglish

Mar 1
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    "Mitchum's best western," according to authority Philippe Garnier, The Wonderful Country was first offered to both Henry Fonda and Gregory Peck, but Mitchum wanted the lead role so badly that he ended up as executive producer on the film. Shot in Durango, Country stars Mitchum as aging, sombrero-sporting pistolero Martin Brady, a man with allegiances to two countries and deadly pursuers in both. A fugitive from the States (thanks to a murder conviction for shooting his father's killer) and now a hired assassin for a ruthless Mexican patrón, Brady breaks his leg during a furtive gun-running trip north of the border and soon finds himself caught between the US Cavalry, the Texas Rangers, and a brewing coup south of the Rio Grande. Singer Julie London provides the romance. "Mitchum is ideally cast.... a superior, intelligent film on nearly every count" (The New York Times).

    35mm original theatrical print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.