Watch Ride Out for Revenge
- 1 hr 18 min
Set in the Wild West of America, during the late 1800s, "Ride Out for Revenge" stars Rory Calhoun as a man named Tate, who seeks revenge against the band of outlaws that murdered his wife and son. The film begins ominously with Tate burying his loved ones and swearing to avenge their deaths. As the story progresses, we see Tate's vendetta take shape as he travels from town to town, hunting down each of the suspects, with the help of a Mexican gunfighter named Vasquez, played by Ernest Borgnine.
As Tate and Vasquez ride from one location to the next, they encounter various characters, including saloon dancers, corrupt sheriffs, and old acquaintances who are quick to betray them for a quick buck. Along the way, Tate discovers that the criminals who killed his family were hired by a wealthy landowner named Brandt, played by Lloyd Bridges, who seeks to expand his empire by any means necessary. Gloria Grahame plays Cathy, Brandt's beautiful wife, who Tate initially suspects might be involved in the plot against him.
The film's action sequences are impressive, with plenty of gunfights, horseback chases, and daring escapes. The film's climax takes place at Brandt's sprawling ranch, where Tate and his band of vigilantes finally confront the villainous landowner and his army of hired guns. The final showdown features a chaotic shootout, with bullets flying in every direction, and the fate of the characters hanging in the balance.
While "Ride Out for Revenge" is a fairly standard revenge tale, with plenty of familiar plot elements and character archetypes, it's the performances of the actors that elevate it above its peers. Calhoun plays Tate with a quiet intensity, a man driven by grief and rage, but also with a sense of honor and justice. Bridges, meanwhile, chews the scenery as the despicable villain, reveling in his character's cruelty and arrogance. Grahame's character is more nuanced, a woman caught between her loyalty to her husband and her growing sympathy for Tate's mission.
Adding to the film's appeal is its beautiful location photography. Shot on location in Arizona, "Ride Out for Revenge" captures the stark beauty of the desert landscape, with its rugged mountains, cactus forests, and wide-open vistas. The film's score is also noteworthy, with composer Paul Dunlap providing a stirring soundtrack that helps to ramp up the tension and drama throughout the film.
Overall, "Ride Out for Revenge" is a satisfying Western, with plenty of action, drama, and suspense. While it might not reinvent the genre, it's a solid entry that delivers on its promises and features a talented cast of actors doing what they do best.
Ride Out for Revenge is a 1957 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 18 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.