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Day of the Outlaw
Directed by André De Toth • 1959 • United States
Starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise
In the forsaken town of Bitters, Wyoming, tensions between homesteaders and cattlemen are high. When a conflict erupts between a farmer and ruthless rancher Blaise Starrett (Robert Ryan), it appears that the icy relations in snow-covered Bitters are in danger of heating to a boil. But as a gang of outlaws under the leadership of Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives) rides into town and begins to further threaten the residents’ way of life, Starrett must find a way to save the town, its citizenry—and his own soul. With its stunning black-and-white cinematography and barren, wintry landscapes, the final western directed by genre master André De Toth is a uniquely stark, powerful tale of tragedy on the plains.