la lancia che uccide
1954, regia di Edward Dmytryk
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: 20th Century Fox - Distribuzione: 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, CBS/Fox - Soggetto (ispirato al King Lear di William Shakespeare): Philip Yordan - Sceneggiatura: Richard Murphy - Fotografia: Joe (Joseph) MacDonald - Montaggio: Dorothy Spencer - Art Direction: Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheelere - Costumi: Travilla - Musiche: Leigh Harline - Effetti speciali: Ray Kellogg - Formato: Cinemascope Color DeLuxe - Durata: 96'.
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado, E.G. Marshall, Hugh O'Brian, Eduard Franz, Earl Holliman, Carl Benton Reid, Philip Ober, Robert Burton, Robert Adler, Robert Grandin.
Trama e commenti: cinematografo.it - mymovies.it - film.spettacolo.virgilio.it - kataweb.it: «Vecchio ranchero con tre figli violenti e uno tranquillo si mette nei guai, ma il figlioletto buono si addossa la colpa e viene arrestato. Quando esce dal carcere, il padre è morto e gli altri lo cacciano. Calligrafico melodramma western in Cinemascope ... L'interpretazione degli attori si regge sull'esperienza dell'ottimo Spencer Tracy che guida la squadra. Oscar per il soggetto di Philip Yordan».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - entertainment.msn.com - dvdtalk.com - coindudvd.com - reviews.dvdbeaver.com - allmovie.com «In this Western with curiously Shakespearean undertones, Matt Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) is a ranch owner who has tried to raise his sons to carry on the fierce, hard-working spirit that helped make him a success. However, as a consequence, he never learned to show them affection and treats his boys little better than the hired help. Joe (Robert Wagner), is Matt's son by Native American wife Señora (Katy Jurado). Because of Joe's mixed ethnicity, he is treated prejudicially by his three half-brothers, Ben (Richard Widmark), Mike (Hugh O'Brian), and Danny (Earl Holliman) -- all Caucasian sons of Matt's first wife. Joe loves his father and would do nearly anything for him, but his siblings resent Matt's emotional distance. When Matt discovers a nearby copper mine is polluting a stream where he waters his cattle, he becomes furious and leads a raid on the mine that causes the law to visit the ranch; the police have a warrant to arrest whoever was responsible for the attack. To spare his father the agony and humiliation of a stay behind bars, Joe claims responsibility and spends several years in prison. When he's released, he discovers that Ben and his other brothers rebelled against their father with such extremity that the old man suffered a fatal stroke. While Señora tries to persuade Joe not to seek revenge, Ben is more than willing to fight his brother for taking his father's side...» (Mark Deming).
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Ispirato al King Lear di Shakespeare (in particolare nel personaggio di Matt Devereaux interpretato da Spencer Tracy), il film è conosciuto anche con i titoli: Lanza rota; La lance brisée.