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 Post subject: Three Violent People
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:11 pm 
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Directed by: Rudolph Matté
Production year: 1956
Starring: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Gilbert Roland


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Former dance hall girl Lorna, masquerading as a lady, meets and marries Confederate ex-officer Colt Saunders, returning to his rich Texas ranch. Everyone there is enchanted with Lorna. But the carpetbag government is set to grab all the big ranches, unless the ranchers (led by Colt) decide to fight. And one of the carpetbaggers knows Lorna's secret.

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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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NOTE: This thread will be used for general talk of the movie Three Violent People. If there's anything specific you'd like to discuss, please start a new topic in this section.

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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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I have to say I wasn't too crazy about this one when I first saw it. Of all the films I've seen of Heston's, this one ranks pretty low. It is by no means a bad movie, I just feel it could have been a lot better. I believe Heston wasn't too proud of this one himself, either.

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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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In The Films of Charlton Heston (p88), Jeff Revin wrote:
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Three Violent People is an entertaining film, and the three stars, especially Heston, are very good. The New York Times said, "Heston makes a mighty distasteful pillar of piety as Colt," and this is so. It is one of the many "*******" roles Heston has undertaken, and the second in which a "tarnished woman" offends his dignity. Heston is utterly convinced of his normal sanctity, even if this is based on the exclusion of all human emotion.Only an actor of his recognized stature and image could have made the character credible.

Anne Baxter, Heston's, co-star in The Ten Commandments,
is guilty of overacting, but it plays with Heston's
inflexible bearing.



I agree with the author, Jeff Rovin, Anne Baxter is overacting in the Three Violent People. Heston's performance is very good.The mountain scenery is becauiful. :thumbsup: :popcorn:


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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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Thanks for sharing that with us. I also remember Heston writing in his autobiography that he felt his brother (played by Tom Tryon) was miscast in the movie.

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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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He did, but after Heston saw the screening, he realized how wrong he had been about Tom Tryon. :)
In his journal, he wrote (1956-p12)
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October 23 We had a party here after the THREE VIOLENT PEOPLE screening.
I like the picture fairly well. It doesn't sag and is generally done well, I think.
My reservation stems from a conviction that it's cut too tightly, almost.
You don't have time to absorb the people, only their situations.
I thought Anne and I were OK. Tome Tryon is very good; I was wrong
about him last winter.Gill Roland registers with his usual impact. We'll see.

I also think Tom Tryon is very good as his character's brother.


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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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Found a musical video clip: Three Violent People: If Everyone Cared
(A ttribute to Heston and Baxter in Three Violent People)



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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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Maybe it's just a chick thing, but Three Violent People, along with The Naked Jungle, are two of my absolute favorites from his early career. Gilbert Roland is wonderful and even though Anne Baxter is a bit over-the-top, I agree with whoever observed that it plays well off of how cold Heston's character Colt has become by that part of the movie where it's the most noticeable. While "the meet" is certainly contrived, it's meant to be, with only Heston's character not being in on it between him, Baxter, and the audience.... I actually found their scenes traveling to his boyhood home, now all his, quite touching and rather believable, and one of Baxter's best scenes I thought is when Innocencio says something about her having the look of a woman in love for the first time... And her face betrays the realization she hasn't really thought about -- that it's true. She's fallen for her mark. He may have been a mark she planned on staying with for good, dug in deep like a tick, but odds-on she never thought she would have real feelings for him that would lend a real fright to the later scenes when her past starts to catch up and then actually does... As for Heston, I thought he did a lovely job in this one, even though he discounted it (as he often did his youthful work) in both his journals and In the Arena. Carefully go through the following two sequences toward the end of the movie: (1) Where he realizes Lorna really is leaving for good, calls out to her to wait (which comes across as anathema to the character) endures an interruption by one of Innocencio's boys and snarls at him to "leave us alone," only to find he must deal with the problem -- Cinch's latest unwanted homecoming; and (2) Where he grapples with learning Cinch hates him enough to kill him, Lorna is willing to risk herself for him and protect their child, more than once, the look on his face as he waits for Cinch to draw on him after he's announced he will not draw on Cinch, and the warmth & relief that floods his face when Cinch discovers to his own amazement that he doesn't hate Colt enough to kill him coldly and deliberately. Those two sequences and the play of emotions on Heston's face are simply amazing for an actor at that stage of his career...

It's become one of my favorite Westerns, flawed little gem that it may be, for moments of great poignancy such as those. In addition, the relationship between Roland & Heston as both friends and surrogate father and son is very well done; a prime example of how Heston could be both a man's man and a lady's man throughout his career.


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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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Great thoughts on the movie, Leiningen'sLady. While it's not my favorite of Chuck's westerns, you made some good points about its qualities.

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 Post subject: Re: Three Violent People
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THREE VIOLENT PEOPLE has Tom Tryon as Heston's one-armed brother. A few years later, another Heston western MAJOR DUNDEE featured James Coburn as a one-armed scout!


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