The Tin Star

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Scripted by Dudley Nichols, a Western in the traditional mould, much more predictable than Mann's marvellous series with James Stewart, and a little too overtly didactic in detailing the relationship between a disillusioned sheriff turned bounty-hunter (Fonda) and the young greenhorn (Perkins) to whom he becomes a father-figure, teaching him the hard facts of a lawman's life and regaining his self-respect in the process. But Mann directs with an impressive classical elegance, and the performances are fine, even if (as David Thomson remarked) 'Fonda and Perkins look like business executives dressed up in cowboy togs'.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Mann
Screenwriter: Dudley Nichols
Cast: Henry Fonda
Anthony Perkins
Betsy Palmer
Neville Brand
John McIntire
Lee Van Cleef
Michel Ray
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