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When Confederate soldier Matt Weaver returns to town after the Civil War, he finds that his home has been sold by town boss Sam Brewster. Brewster hires gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to deal with Weaver, but d'Estaing's independent approach settles the town's problems in a very unorthodox manner. Written by
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I've killed so many men in the last four years, one more don't matter none. Tell me...you pass up your chance, why should I pass up mine?
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing:
Truce for the night.
Oh...oh, and you believe when they say I'm crazy?
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing:
So am I. You know it's a funny thing...a man crazy to live takes a chance and dies; a man who doesn't care takes the same chance and gets away with it. That's called Jules Gaspard's Law.
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Exquisite morality play highlighted by solid performances.
Brynner's trademark feline grace and air of disdainful superiority are used to full advantage in this tale of a small town hiring a gunfighter to deal with a hometown boy gone bad. The performances of the other actors and solid direction provide a sharp portrait of a dusty, narrowminded, small-town society. They've created one monster of their own, and invited another monster in to deal with him--now, how do they deal with the new menace? Particularly memorable is the scene in which D'estaing gives instruction in the proper pronunciation of his name.
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