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Five Guns West

1955 | United States | 78 min | More...
A still from Five Guns West (1955)
D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
on Mon Apr 05, 2021

Roger Corman’s directorial debut. During the Civil War’s waning days, the Confederate Army conscripts five convicted killers, offering them full pardons provided they intercept a Confederate traitor traveling with a fortune in stolen gold.

A promising setup and the cast evokes the right combination of lethality and charm. John Lund shines as their self-appointed leader. Everything’s groovy until they meet Dorothy Malone and her uncle.

Then the film shifts to tepid melodrama. It proffers a romance between Malone and Lund but they lack chemistry. Corman pads the running time with repetitive dialog. Even the characters get sick of waiting.

But when the long-delayed climax arrives, it proves a head-scratching bit of self-inflicted inanity.

Viewing History

    Watched on
    Mon Apr 05, 2021 via DVD (2003 | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)