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Uniquely stylish and fascinating Western – restored and ripe for rediscovery on the big screen.


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Director Edward Dmytryk
Producer Edward Dmytryk
Screenwriter Robert Alan Aurthur
With Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone
USA 1959
122 mins
UK distribution 20th Century Fox

The town of Warlock, located deep in the heart of Utah mining territory, has grown tired of the violence of local outlaws and turns for protection to an enigmatic gunslinger: a wonderfully well-dressed Henry Fonda. That fateful decision unleashes a chain of events as exciting as they are unexpected. Vengeance, regret and suppressed sexuality all play their part in the intelligent script of this unusual Western. The action is brought to life by a remarkable ensemble cast – Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark, Dorothy Malone and Fonda are all at the top of their game here – as well as the stylish Cinemascope camerawork and solid direction. Bringing hints of the operatic flair that Italian filmmakers would later apply to the genre, Warlock is full of richly drawn characters, unforeseen twists and memorable imagery. It is a film ripe for rediscovery that begs to be seen on the big screen.

Patrick Russell

A 4K digital restoration was made of Warlock by 20th Century Fox, with laboratory services provided by Cineric Inc and sound restoration by Deluxe Media.

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