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3:10 to Yuma

December 28, 2012

by John Farr

John Farr discusses a suspenseful western film, directed by Delmer Daves.

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

What It’s About:
Heflin plays Dan Evans, a local rancher in need of cash due to a drought who, to save his livelihood, takes on the dangerous task of guarding and escorting outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) to the train which will carry him to the halls of justice. The hitch: Wade’s gang is in town, and they’re determined to prevent their boss from making the 3:10 to Yuma.

Why I Love It:
Based on an Elmore Leonard story, Delmer Daves’s film (in a new special edition) is a sharp psychological western in the vein of another better-known classic, “High Noon.” Taut and suspenseful, “Yuma” also tells a very human story, as Evans’s own self-respect and principles are as much at stake in this situation as money. “3:10” is intelligent and skillfully paced, boasting top-notch turns from the two leads.

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