The Kentuckian (1955) - Drama, Western

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A Kentucky widower bound for 1820's Texas with his young son is thwarted in his efforts by a corrupt constable, a long-standing family feud, and a beautiful indentured servant.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Burt Lancaster
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 5 out of 37 found boring (13.51%)

One-line Reviews (19)

Burt Lancaster directs and stars in this action packed western.

I enjoyed it very much, including Bernard Herrmann's score, which fits perfectly into the action.

Dianne Foster as Hannah and Diana Lynn as Susie are both dull, and Donald MacDonald as Little Eli, with his whiny voice and perpetually sulky expression, must rank as one of the least appealing screen youngsters ever.

This film somehow gives me a lame feeling about the slow tempo of the screenplay, the soundtrack even a lit bit of annoying like all of the films in that era.

Adventure, history and romance mixed with some humor makes for a very entertaining family film.

The Kentuckian is an extremely, slow-moving, lack-lustre affair, which rather than focusing on the titular "hero", Big Eli, you know, the bloke we've all come to see, instead shifts the perspective unwisely to his son, Little Eli (get it!

BOTTOM LINE: "The Kentuckian" is breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it from beginning to end for all the above reasons; it's sort of like "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992) of its era, albeit no where as good.

It takes a little seen period of American western history and then serves us up, a tiresome, weakly contrived storyline, that has little meaningful to do, with the depicted times.

Filmed in widescreen color and CinemaScope, it looks as though a lavish budget has been expended on a tiresome script.

This scenes will compensate viewers for foregoing boredom.

Alternating between leisurely pace, and exciting action, it's an interesting look at a part of the U.

Burt Lancaster and crew provide an entertaining look back when boys of yesterday dreamed about early adventure in the new world.

Back then a huge riverboat coming to town was an exciting attraction.

Lancaster also directs, and does a fine job, giving a robust performance in this moderately interesting and exciting tale.

But the story holds together and is worth the watch for fans of Matthau, Lancaster, or the genre of offbeat 50's westerns.

But the story is rather trite and there's nothing special about Lancaster's performance or his direction.

A decent western with a twist or two, especially at the ending showdown, which features 10 dramatic seconds of feat that only Lancaster could make suspenseful.

Other strong scenes flit in and out, such as a riverboat gambling sequence, while the finale that sees Lancaster run full pelt across a river to take down a foe, is hugely entertaining.

It's hard to have exciting gunplay, though Lancaster makes the best of it.