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"Love and Life Were Cheap...When QUANTRELL'S RAIDERS Blazed a Trail of Terror Across the West!"
  • Approved
  • 1951
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 6.1  (635)

Red Mountain is a 1951 Western film featuring Alan Ladd, Lizabeth Scott, and Arthur Kennedy in lead roles. The movie revolves around Lincoln Brown (Alan Ladd), a former Union Army captain who visits a mining town named Kingdom Come, located in Arizona's Red Mountain region. He visits the town to expedite the closure of a dangerous mine that had claimed the lives of several men. However, he soon realizes that the mine's closure could lead to a potential uprising among the local Apache tribe who believe that the mine is situated in their sacred land.

Lincoln Brown is a man with a past. He visited the town on a mission, but the town's corrupt and rich businessman, Lane Waldron (Jacques Aubuchon), does not share his vision. Waldron is using the mine for his personal gain, and he would go to any extent to keep it running. Brown takes the help of the local doctor, Ed Walsh (Arthur Kennedy), and Waldron's former girlfriend, Chris (Lizabeth Scott), to execute his plan to close the mine.

On the other hand, Waldron hires his trusted henchman, Carl (John Ireland), to eliminate Brown and disrupt his plans. Meanwhile, Brown falls for Chris, but their romance gets complicated by the fact that she was once Waldron's girlfriend. As the plot thickens, Brown employs his military expertise to outsmart Carl and others who were against him. The movie features several action sequences, including gunfights, a horse chase, and an impressive explosion sequence.

Red Mountain is a classic Western film that showcases the era's typical aspects- conflict between the good and the bad, romance, action, and a satisfying finale. The plot is excellent, the cast's chemistry is fantastic, and the performances are top-notch. Alan Ladd is remarkable as the heroic and principled Brown who would do anything to prevent bloodshed. Kennedy and Scott deliver strong performances too, and John Ireland's character of Carl is an effective villain.

The movie's cinematography is brilliant, with the stunning landscapes of the Red Mountain region serving as the perfect backdrop for the film's action sequences. The music score is another standout element, and the climactic explosion sequence showcases the film's technical excellence. The visuals and sounds transport the audience to the Wild West and add to the movie's overall appeal.

Red Mountain is a must-watch for Western film fans and anyone who appreciates a good action-romance film. The movie offers an exciting story, solid performances, stunning visuals, and a satisfying ending. It reinforces the values of bravery, honesty, and loyalty, and the characters' determination in fighting for what they believe is right. Although the movie is over seventy years old, it has aged well and remains a classic example of the Western genre.

Red Mountain is a 1951 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    1 hr 24 min
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    6.1  (635)