Truly love that Bill’s mom is unquestionably down with 1) Breaking at least 12 people out of prison and 2) driving the getaway car for all these people. She’s a real one.
Simply stunning. Robert Mitchum is a terrifying force of nature in this movie, giving a performance you rarely see in movies. Part of it is cool and in control, while the rest of it is unhinged and downright scary. At one point Mitchum let’s out a scream that sent actual chills down my spine. He feels unstoppable for most of the movie, and I think the religious aspect of it amplifies that feeling a lot.
The other standout for me…
Loved this! Such a great dynamic between Robert Ryan and Burl Ives. The setting is the best I’ve seen of the “snowy western” genre. It’s used to incredible effect here, providing the perfect backdrop to the misery to come. It also helps that this setting was the most believable of any that I’ve seen, perhaps filmed on location?
The power struggle between our two lead characters is really well done, with Ives’ performance almost forcing you to sympathize with him…