“There are some things a man just can’t ride around.”
Response to Peary’s Review:
But his story is balanced by that of two outlaws — one (Pernell Roberts) calculating, the other (James Coburn) gullible — who have competing plans for the killer’s murderous brother: by bringing him in themselves, they can receive total amnesty for their previous crimes.
Since the true villain of the film (Van Cleef) is rarely on-screen:
… the primary interactions thus take place between Scott, Roberts, and a buxomy young widow (Karen Steele) they pick up along the way, who represents the possibility of a new life for Roberts:
Unfortunately, despite its unique take on Western themes, Ride Lonesome is still very much a product of its time — as referenced in the following exchange about Steele, which reveals antiquated notions about what exactly women “need”:
In addition, I’m puzzled by screenwriter Burt Kennedy’s decision to include a skirmish with local Indians, since it does nothing to further the plot.
However, overall this remains a provocative western by a master director, and is certainly worth a look.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)