Along the Great Divide

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  • 1951
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.8  (2,185)

Along the Great Divide is a western film released in 1951, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, and John Agar. The movie is set in New Mexico and Arizona, and the story follows the character of Marshal Len Merrick (Kirk Douglas), a righteous lawman who is in charge of transporting a prisoner accused of murder, Tim 'Pop' Keith (Walter Brennan) to Santa Loma.

As the journey begins, a group of Apaches attack their convoy, leading to the death of one of the deputies, resulting in a lack of trust amongst the team. Meanwhile, Merrick discovers that the killer, Tim Keith didn't murder the man he was accused of and the various hardships the group faces adds a new layer of complexity to their already fraught trip.

The team must stick together to stay alive and navigate mysterious Indian traps while encountering various dangers along the way, such as treacherous crevasses, storms, and other obstacles that test their wills. The tense atmosphere is strengthened as they come across Lina Patch (Virginia Mayo), a woman who claims that her husband was murdered by the very man, Tim 'Pop' Keith whom the Marshalls they are escorting. Lina, accompanied by her foreman Billy Shear (John Agar), joins the team as they transport Keith, and her intentions become increasingly murky as audience members cannot decide whether she is loyal or not.

The movie is choc-full of western tropes and twists that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Kirk Douglas gives a stellar performance as the Marshal, who struggles to maintain his morality with so many threats posing danger to him at every turn, ultimately questioning who is on the right or the wrong side of the law.

As the journey continues, the group faces several life-threatening situations that delve into themes of fear, danger, and loyalty. The movie portrays the deception and treachery within relationships and the grit and resilience particular to Western movies. Along the Great Divide is a movie that will keep you engaged and entertained from beginning to end.

The storyline of Along the Great Divide is one of the most captivating points of the movie. The director does an excellent job of maintaining suspense until the very end, and the story's resolution is a testament to the resilience of human nature. The way the characters interact with each other and overcome the harsh environment is nothing short of impressive.

The film's scenery is artful, with gorgeous shots of the enchanting desert landscape, complete with sweeping vistas and brilliantly colored skies. The film evokes the beauty of the western frontier with delicate tones and outstanding imagery, driving home the sense of adventure, danger, and excitement of the Old West.

Additionally, the acting in Along the Great Divide is exceptional. Cast members both main and supporting, deliver performances that bring the story to life in vivid detail. Veterans Kirk Douglas and Walter Brennan have a noticeable maturity and ease of talent on display while Virginia Mayo and John Agar's performances were no less impressive.

Overall, Along the Great Divide is a movie that covers all bases: it has a great storyline, excellent direction, breathtaking scenery, and outstanding performances. It's a movie that will appeal to fans of the western genre and will resonate with anyone looking for an entertaining and thrilling experience.

Along the Great Divide is a 1951 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

Along the Great Divide
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    6.8  (2,185)