Best of… Series – 1957 – Decision at Sundown

This review contains slight spoilers.

Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher, 1957)

It’s been a few days since I saw this, but it was too great to leave off the blog. I have to say this is the perfect film to save for last in the Boetticher dvd box set. After seeing Randolph Scott as a strong, trusting, wise protagonist in nearly all the other films of his I’ve seen, it was almost shocking to see him as a man unwilling to see the past for what it was and making poor decisions based on that – especially since we assume he has good reason for everything he does for a large portion of the film. The breakdown of his character is quite alarming, but refreshingly realistic. Even at the end when everything should be ‘rah rah’, there’s a sadness, bitterness, and feeling that things ought to have turned out a lot differently than they did. This is definitely the Boetticher that is most different from the rest, but at the same time nearly his best.  9.25/10

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