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What's your favorite film by John Sturges?

Mystery Street
0 (0%)
Kind Lady
0 (0%)
The People Against O'Hara
0 (0%)
Jeopardy
0 (0%)
Escape from Fort Bravo
1 (5%)
Bad Day at Black Rock
4 (20%)
Backlash
0 (0%)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
0 (0%)
Saddle the Wind
0 (0%)
The Law and Jake Wade
0 (0%)
The Old Man and the Sea
1 (5%)
Last Train from Gun Hill
0 (0%)
Never So Few
0 (0%)
The Magnificent Seven
6 (30%)
Sergeants 3
0 (0%)
The Great Escape
6 (30%)
The Satan Bug
0 (0%)
The Hallelujah Trail
0 (0%)
Hour of the Gun
0 (0%)
Ice Station Zebra
0 (0%)
Marooned
0 (0%)
Joe Kidd
0 (0%)
Chino
0 (0%)
McQ
0 (0%)
The Eagle Has Landed
0 (0%)
other (please specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
2 (10%)
don't like any
0 (0%)

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Sturges
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2010, 02:57:43 PM »
I've only seen The Magnificent Seven, it was alright.
You have to see it when you're aged 10, then it's brilliant!
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I really liked the music.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Sturges
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2010, 02:59:35 PM »
I've seen Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape, but I don't remember either well. :(


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Sturges, John
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2010, 03:07:35 PM »
1. Escape From Fort Bravo
2. Backlash
3. Bad Day at Black Rock
4. Hour of the Gun
5. The Eagle Has Landed
6. The Old Man and the Sea
7. The Magnificent Seven
8. The People Against O'Hara

9. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
10. The Great Escape
11. The Girl in White
12. Joe Kidd
13. Last Train from Gun Hill
14. McQ
15. Right Cross
16. Jeopardy
17. Mystery Street
18. The Law and Jake Wade

19. The Hallelujah Trail
20. The Walking Hills
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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Sturges
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2010, 03:23:06 PM »
The Magnificent Seven
Bad Day at Black Rock
The Great Escape
The Eagle has Landed

It was nearly Bad Day at number one.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Sturges
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2011, 09:24:23 PM »
Bad Day at Black Rock
The Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape


The Old Man and the Sea
Hour of the Gun
The Eagle has Landed
Last Train from Gun Hill


Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Ice Station Zebra
Marooned
Joe Kidd


McQ
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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Sturges
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2015, 09:21:32 PM »
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
* * * - Okay
When it comes to Noir, I always appreciate MartinTeller. Usually, he's already seen what I just watched and his review is the first (and sometimes only) one I read afterwards. Occasionally, I get there first and then bug him endlessly if the film is good. (Larceny, Silver Lode) I thought I had him with this one. A legal thriller starring Spencer Tracy in his only Noir. (Or does 1936's Fury qualify?) Martin's much more of a Noir purist where I use the most liberal definition, allowing for all sorts of crime and mystery stories from before and after the era of true Noir. This is more my kind of Noir, though it goes down some dark paths in the final act. Long story short...

The People Against O'Hara - Spencer Tracy plays a seasoned attorney with his work cut out for him defending a young man in a murder trial.  In some ways a routine courtroom drama, but it goes beyond that.  Tracy is terrific, doing his usual crusty cynic bit but that's what we love him for.  The role has some depth to it, as the character is a struggling alcoholic who makes a mistake in a moment of weakness.  The rest of the cast doesn't match his performance, although John Hodiak is pretty good as the opposing counsel.  The plot takes some interesting turns and goes into true noir territory in the third act.  And cinematography by John Alton... need I say more?  Those brilliant patches of light amidst deep, deep shadows look fantastic as always.  I'll be honest, courtroom movies don't generally excite me, but this one is a cut above the usual fare.  Rating: Very Good

So not only did Martin beat me by a few years, he said pretty much everything I wanted to say. I think the struggling alcoholic is good for character, but it pans out to be more of a false lead then a true obstacle. The final reveals are also frustratingly muddled, deliberately so to maintain some surprise. As for my lower grade, blame it on the writer in me who thinks they didn't get as much juice out of the trial as was there to be squeezed. I like courtroom thrillers and watching our lead realize he's past his prime and now his own worst enemy is something I haven't seen before. (Usually, it's the young lawyer in over his head.) The opportunity goes largely underutilized, though the film still works.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - John Sturges
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2015, 03:03:29 AM »
1. Bad Day At Black Rock (Spencer Tracy, Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Walter Brennan, Lee Marvin!?! Really should be in my favourite films list. A near perfect noir. It has a Hammett/ Yojimbo plot!)

2. The Old Man And The Sea
3. The Great Escape
4. Gunfight At The OK Corral
5. The Eagle Has Landed
6. The Magnificent Seven
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Re: Sturges, John
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2016, 10:35:05 AM »
1. The Magnificent Seven (3)
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Re: Sturges, John
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2017, 12:08:06 AM »


The Magnificent Seven  (John Sturges, 1960)

A disappointing experience for me, right from the opening title cards. I guessed it was a bad sign that an actor I'd never heard of was getting the "And Introducing" credit, but it was even worse than I thought: he's a German playing a Mexican, and he's awful. Just textbook overacting. And, sadly, he gets a disproportionate amount of screen time, at the expense of some much more interesting performers and characters.

Yul Brynner and James Coburn are the standouts here, both exuding tight-lipped coolness, and I almost wish it good have been just the two of them confronting Eli Wallach's magnetic bandito. Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson have a few moments of their own, but in general Sturges doesn't direct his supporting cast very well. The script is a mess, too, full weird choices, poorly paced, and littered with hokum. I was hoping for some 60s grittiness, but this feels more like a live-action Disney adventure. The final shootout is almost exciting, but there's a randomness to it, with no strategy or logic, really.

I'm overstating the negatives, though, because the whole thing does almost work. Elmer Bernstein's famous score is a great help, and it's just cool to see this cast together and this point in their careers.

I remember having a decent time with The Great Escape (though it's no Guns of Navarone), but overall John Sturges' direction doesn't seem to mesh with my sensibilities.

Grade: C+

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Sturges, John
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2017, 07:34:28 AM »
The Magnificent Seven, 50°
Backlash, 35°
Ice Station Zebra, 20°
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