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The Ox-Bow Incident (Strange Incident) (1943)

The Ox-Bow Incident
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Henry Fonda Henry Fonda
Gil Carter
Dana Andrews Dana Andrews
Donald Martin
Mary Beth Hughes Mary Beth Hughes
Rose Mapen
Anthony Quinn Anthony Quinn
Juan Martínez
William Eythe William Eythe
Gerald Tetley
Harry Morgan Harry Morgan
Art Croft
Jane Darwell Jane Darwell
Ma Grier
Matt Briggs Matt Briggs
Judge Daniel Tyler

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Walter Van Tilburg Clark Walter Van Tilburg Clark
(from the novel by)


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A powerful study of mob mentality...

9 years, 4 months ago at Nov 8 4:37
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"I saw your face. It was the face of a depraved, murderous beast. Only two things ever meant anything to you: power and cruelty. You can't feel pity. You can't even feel guilt. You knew they were innocent, but you were crazy to see them hanged. And to make me watch it. I could've stopped you with a gun, just as any other animal can be stopped. But I couldn't do it because I'm a coward. Aren't you ... read more

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5 years, 10 months ago at May 11 23:11
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Great movie with good strong monodimensional old school (old indeed, 1943) characters and a better premise.
Some years later (14 I think) Fonda will protagonize 12 Angry Men and explore the reasonable doubt in a jury. Here there aren´t twelve jurors, there are like forty asking for blood.

This isn´t better but is cruder and nastier and I loved it.

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The Mob Doesn’t Think. It Has No Mind of Its Own

3 years ago at Mar 15 15:46
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The great Spencer Tracy said in Fury!*** This review contains spoilers ***When I think to myself what are the most pessimistic films, The Ox Bow Incident is one of the first to come to mind. This is the type of film you never forget. Whenever I hear a story in the news related to mob mentality, I always think ‘The Ox Bow Incident’! In the same way how any news story of political corruption or ... read more
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Two drifters are passing through a Western town, when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. The townspeople, joined by the drifters, form a posse to catch the perpetrators. They find three men in possession of the cattle, and are determined to see justice done on the spot.
Release date: 21 May 1943
UPC: 024543061069
Tags: Western (10), Drama (8), Justice (6), Hanging (6), Lynching (6), False Accusation (5), Revenge (5), Execution (5), Friendship (5), 1943 (4), Conscience (4), 1940s (4), Posse (4), Film Noir (3), Sheriff (3), Drifter (3), Suicide (3), Black & White (3), Cowboy (3), Cattle (3)
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"1/5/17 Superb western drama that, remove the horses, could easily be a play. Henry Fonda stars as a part of a posse looking for the killers and rustlers of a local cattleman only for the hunters to turn into a lynch mob when they come across three men. This bleak, cautionary tale of the dangers of vigilantes is only 75 minutes long but packs more of a punch in its short running time than most epic tales."

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