in about 100 words or less
US 104m, Colour
Director: Anthony Mann; Cast: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O’Donnell
Will Lockhart is The Man from Laramie, a mysterious stranger who comes to the town Coronado, New Mexico. Driven by revenge about the death of his brother, and digging for answers about the sale of rifles to the Apache, Lockhart ends up in the middle of a family conflict after a run-in with the hotheaded son of Alec Waggoman, a cattle baron who “owns” the town and most of the surrounding lands. Visually striking in its use of the CinemaScope widescreen format, The Man from Laramie also has a surprisingly complex plot, character depth and brutality generally not seen in westerns for another decade (Klaus Ming January 2015).