The Badlanders (1958)

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Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.




  • Ernest Borgnine in The Badlanders (1958)
  • Ernest Borgnine and Katy Jurado in The Badlanders (1958)
  • Ernest Borgnine in The Badlanders (1958)
  • The Badlanders (1958)
  • Katy Jurado in The Badlanders (1958)
  • Claire Kelly in The Badlanders (1958)

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23 January 2012 | peter-2749
| Solid Western Fare
This is the kind of film that you want to find when you sit down on a Sunday afternoon to have some "TV time".

Alad Ladd is as solid and dependable as ever with his usual "cool and unruffled" persona and is probably the least effective of all of the leads!

Ernest Borgnine and Katy Jurado initially look like an unlikely pairing but as the film progresses they "gel" more and more. It would also appear to have been an inspired piece of casting as the actors themselves "paired up" during this film and married the following year of its release! For me the two are the real stand-out performers in this film.

I don't want to say too much more on the other characters for fear of giving plot away but suffice to say there is not a stinker amongst them although I have to say that I felt Claire Smith as Ada Winton was a bit invisible to the point where I actually thought a the end of the film "Oh, is she back then; where did she come from?"

One thing that has puzzled me however is who was the actress that played Vincente's wife? It looked as if it could have been a young Natalie Wood but despite a speaking role (of sorts), there is no credit for her. Whoever it was she has some of the most expressive eyes seen since the silent days!

Overall however and enjoyable yarn with a good solid cast providing a good solid performance.

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Release Date:

14 December 1958


English, Spanish

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Kingman, Arizona, USA

Box Office


$1,436,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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