Budd Boetticher


Budd Boetticher
USA 1956
78 min

In the mid-1950s Boetticher and actor Randolph Scott teamed up for a series of finely etched, elegiac westerns which count among the greatest glories of American cinema of the time. The first of these, Seven Men from Now, was for years unavailable; happily, it has now been restored by the UCLA film and Television Archive. Scripted by Burt Kennedy, Seven Men from Now follows aging lawman Ben Stride as he burns a trail of murderous revenge across a hardscrabble landscape searching for his wife's murderers; along the way he picks up an Eastern couple as well as a smart-talking outlaw, Big Masters. A trained bullfighter, Boetticher imagined his films as a series of feints, dares, and passes, all leading to the final, inevitable showdown in the middle of the ring; here that approach is transformed into a haunting moral vision. (Kent Jones)

  • Randolph Scott - Ben Stride
  • Gail Russell - Annie Greer
  • Lee Marvin - Big Masters
  • Walter Reed - John Greer
  • John Larch - Pate Bodeen
  • Donald Barry - Clete
  • Fred Graham - Bodeens Handlanger
  • John Barradino - Clint
  • John Philips - Jed
  • Chuck Roberson - Mason
  • Stuart Whitman - Kavallerieleutnant
Andrew V. McLaglen, Robert E. Morrison für Batjac