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Broken Lance

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Original title
Broken Lance
Year
Running time
96 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Richard Murphy (Story: Philip Yordan)
Music
Leigh Harline
Cinematography
Joe MacDonald
Cast
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Producer
20th Century Fox
Genre
Western | Remake
Synopsis / Plot
Edward Dmytryk directed this literate Western, a remake of HOUSE OF STRANGERS, which is itself loosely based on Shakespeare's KING LEAR. Tyrannical cattle baron Matt Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) has raised his older sons harshly, leaving them neglected and bitter, particularly Ben (Richard Widmark). Matt's youngest son, Joe (Robert Wagner), however, receives the most attention from Matt's wife, a Comanche indian (Katy Jurado). Joe remains loyal, even taking the rap when the old man gets hauled up on charges of launching a raid on a nearby copper mine. After spending three years in jail, Joe comes home to find his dad dead from a stroke, his mother back with her tribe, and his brothers running the ranch into the ground. Joe, understandably shocked and enraged, then plots his revenge.
Awards
1954: Oscar: Best Story. 2 Nominations
1954: Golden Globes: Best Film Promoting International Understanding
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