2007   USA 3:10 to Yuma
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Director:James Mangold
Studio:Lions Gate
Writer:Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Elmore Leonard
IMDb Rating:7.8 (118,964 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations
Duration:122 min
James Mangold  ...  (Director)
Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Elmore Leonard  ...  (Writer)
Russell Crowe  ...  Ben Wade
Christian Bale  ...  Dan Evans
Logan Lerman  ...  William Evans
Dallas Roberts  ...  Grayson Butterfield
Ben Foster  ...  Charlie Prince
Peter Fonda  ...  Byron McElroy
Vinessa Shaw  ...  Emmy Nelson
Alan Tudyk  ...  Doc Potter
Luce Rains  ...  Marshal Weathers
Gretchen Mol  ...  Alice Evans
Lennie Loftin  ...  Glen Hollander
Rio Alexander  ...  Campos
Johnny Whitworth  ...  Tommy Darden
Shawn Howell  ...  Jackson (as Shawn D. Howell)
Pat Ricotti  ...  Jorgensen
Ramon Frank  ...  Kinter
Deryle J. Lujan  ...  Nez (as Deryle Lujan)
James 'Scotty' Augare  ...  Nez (as James Augure)
Brian Duffy  ...  Sutherland
Jason Rodriguez  ...  Tighe
Kevin Durand  ...  Tucker
Chris Browning  ...  Crawley
Chad Brummett  ...  Kane
Forrest Fyre  ...  Walter Boles
Luke Wilson  ...  Zeke
Benjamin Petry  ...  Mark Evans
Arron Shiver  ...  Bill Moons
Sean Hennigan  ...  Marshall Will Doane
Girard Swan  ...  Deputy Harvey Pell
Christopher Berry  ...  Deputy Sam Fuller
David Oliver  ...  Evil Bartender
Jason Henning  ...  Train Clerk
Marco Beltrami  ...  composer
Phedon Papamichael  ...  Cinematographer
Crowe  ...  
Bale  ...  
Fonda  ...  
Comments: Time waits for one man

Summary: Here's hoping James Mangold's big, raucous, and ultrabloody remake of 3:10 to Yuma leads some moviegoers to check out Delmer Daves's beautifully lean, half-century-old original. That classic Western spun a tale of captured outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford)--deadly but disarmingly affable--and the small-time rancher and family man, Dan Evans (Van Heflin), desperate enough to accept the job of helping escort the badman to Yuma prison. Wade, knowing that his gang will be along at any moment to spring him, works at persuading the ultimately lone deputy to accept a bribe, turn his back on "duty," and go home safe and rich to his family. That the outlaw has come to admire his captor intriguingly complicates the suspense.

All of the above applies in the new 3:10, but it takes a lot more huffing and puffing to get Wade (Russell Crowe this time) and Evans (Christian Bale) into position for the showdown. Mostly, more is less. To Mangold's credit, his movie doesn't traffic in facile irony or postmodern detachment; it aims to be a straight-up Western and deliver the excitement and charisma the genre's fans are starved for. But recognizing that contemporary viewers might be out of touch with the bedrock simplicity and strength of the genre--not to mention its code of honor--Mangold has supplied both Evans and Wade with a plethora of backstory and "motivations." At the overblown action climax, the crossfire of personal agendas is almost as frenetic as the copious gunplay. (By that point the movie has killed more people than the Lincoln County War.)
Best thing about the remake is Russell Crowe's Ben Wade, a Scripture-quoting career villain with an artist's eye and a curiously principled sense of whom and when to murder. As his second-in-command, Ben Foster fairly pirouettes at every opportunity to commit mayhem, and Peter Fonda contributes a fierce portrait of an old Wade adversary turned bounty hunter for the Pinkerton detective agency. --Richard T. Jameson

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