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The Outrage (1964)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Western | 8 October 1964 (USA)
Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Michael Kanin (screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay "Rashomon") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Juan Carrasco
Laurence Harvey ... Husband
Claire Bloom ... Wife
Edward G. Robinson ... Con Man
William Shatner ... The Preacher
Howard Da Silva ... Prospector
Albert Salmi ... Sheriff
Thomas Chalmers Thomas Chalmers ... Judge
Paul Fix ... Indian
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Three disparate travelers, a disillusioned preacher, an unsuccessful prospector, and a larcenous, cynical con man, meet at a decrepit railroad station in the 1870s Southwest. The prospector and the preacher were witnesses at the singularly memorable rape and murder trial of the notorious Mexican outlaw Carasco. The bandit duped an aristocratic Southerner into believing he knew the location of a lost Aztec treasure. The greedy "gentleman" allows himself to be tied up while Carasco deflowers his wife. These events lead to the stabbing of the husband and are related by the three eyewitnesses to the atrocity: the infamous bandit, the newlywed wife, and the dead man through an Indian shaman. Whose version of the events is true? Possibly there was a fourth witness, but can his version be trusted? Written by duke1029@aol.com

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There...before her husband's eyes...was it an act of violence or an act of love ?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Judgement in the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,924,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Ritt was previously involved, in the developmental stage, with The Magnificent Seven (1960), which was also a remake of a film by Akira Kurosawa. See more »

Quotes

Prospector: [Describing finding the dead body] No, just one look at that face, and I got out of there as fast as I could!
Con Man: [laughs] Now, what makes people so jittery about the dead? Why, some of my best friends are corpses... the only ones I can trust! Oh, sure, they stink a little but no more than a few alive ones that I know.
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Featured in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

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Newman deserves credit for trying something boldly unusual…
28 January 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Newman's fifth film for Martin Ritt, "The Outrage" was based on the classic Japanese film "Rashômon," but Ritt transplanted the tale to the South Western U.S. following the Civil War…

Carrasco has been convicted of raping a woman (Claire Bloom) and murdering her husband (Laurence Harvey), but four eye-witness accounts conflict… All agree that the bandit raped the woman, but only one asserts that he committed the killing…

Sadistic, defiant, and challenging, Carrasco snarls, sneers, and walks with macho arrogance, to hide the fact that he can only be strong by tying a man to a tree and raping his wife…

The role allowed Newman to give a bravura performance, not unlike Toshiro Mifune's in the Kurosawa film, and the stylization would fit the story if everybody else weren't playing it so straight… As it is, the performance seems too showy, easily understandable, exaggerated…


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