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The Tin Star

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Original title
The Tin Star
Year
Running time
93 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Dudley Nichols
Music
Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography
Loyal Griggs (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Western
Synopsis / Plot
Anthony Mann made some of the greatest Westerns of the 1950s, all in partnership with James Stewart. Perhaps needing to prove himself as his own man, in 1957 Mann dropped out of Night Passage to do this film. It's a rather schematic character study about a lawman-turned-bounty-hunter (Henry Fonda) who undertakes the professional shaping-up of an effete young sheriff (Anthony Perkins) too tentative to police the streets of his town. Those streets are compositionally present right outside the oversize window of the office where Perkins undergoes a lot of his soul-searching and arguments with Fonda. That's typical of the film--scrupulously designed, yet abstract to the point of dramatic aridity.
Awards
1957: Oscar: Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1957: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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