Film 171 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1959’s “Ride Lonesome”. This Budd Boetticher western drama is about A bounty hunter who escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man’s outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder. This film may only be 72 minutes long but it really drags. I often complain when a film doesn’t tell me what the plot is, but in this films case, it has too many plot stories. Billy is being taken away to be hanged, Miss Laine is wanted by The Native Americans for reasons that aren’t explained, Billy’s brother Frank is looking for Billy to free him, I think, and…. I don’t know what else happened because I couldn’t pay attention to what was happening. All I got out of the film was that Native Americans come across as sex pests, Billy doesn’t do anything once he’s handcuffed apart from heckle people and Miss Laine comes across as a massive complaining bitch. I managed 35 minutes before falling asleep. I had to watch a video that has Martin Scorsese’s thoughts on the film. Martin compliments the film style and what happens when a main character destroys something, in this film’s case, the tree Billy was going to be hung from. He also says the film is too calm for some viewers. I’m not quite sure what he means by “calm”. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1959’s “Ride Lonesome”
Film – Ride Lonesome
Year – 1959
Director – Budd Boetticher
Written by – Burt Kennedy
Staring – Randolph Scott, Karan Steele, Pernell Roberts
IMDb Rating – 7.3/10
My Rating – ZZzzz
Length – 72min (1h 12min)
Genre – Drama, Western
We open with a man riding his horse through a set of rocks
You looking for me?
Billy has been caught by a bounty hunter, McGee, for killing a man
Damn, I’m surrounded by snipers hiding in the rocks
I didn’t know being in the middle of nowhere can make your voice echo
Billy seems to be taking his arrest not serious
The two ride their horses to Santa Cruz
Why does this film make me want to play “Red Dead Redemption”?
On the way, they visit a horse ranch
McGee meets up with Boone
I didn’t know Cletus from The Simpsons was in this film
Why does everyone carry a shotgun with them?
Here comes Westbound
I’ll translate what he just said – “Get back in the kitchen!”
Looks like the driver of Westbound is dead and all the passengers are gone
Boone and his mate bury the Westbound driver and notice smoke from the rocks
I’m not quite sure what’s happening
That night, the woman, Miss Laine, chats with McGee
Still don’t know what’s happening
Boone and McGee then chat about Billy being hanged in Santa Cruz
20 minutes in and it’s time to send the horses away
Here comes trouble! It’s the Native Americans
McGee has a chat with the Chief Native American using only sign language
The Chief wants Miss Laine so McGee, forcefully, walks her to The Chief
The Natives get offended when Miss Laine screams when she sees that her husband’s horse is now with them
The five men ride off to continue their journey to Santa Cruz
And I’m slowly losing interest
This film really likes having multiple storylines/plots
Wait… Where did Miss Laine come from?
They keep talking about Billy’s brother, Frank
Is that the film crew in the background?
Nope! It’s The Natives
Spank that ass to make it move faster
Miss Laine’s horse has been shot!
Better rescue our damsel in distress
I was wondering when they would run out of ammo
COMMERCIAL BREAK – Sold some stuff on eBay
And I’m back starting from 30:08 mark
The Natives retreat when Miss Laine kills the leader
Looks like Frank and his gang are on the lookout for Billy
Miss Laine is coming across as a miserable bitch – Why are we as the audience meant to like her?
I wasn’t paying attention to what they were talking about