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John Sturges

Director, Actor

Act of ViolenceAct of Violence (w/ Mystery Street) (1949-1950)
Dir. Fred Zinnemann, John Sturges
Feat. Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh
Van Heflin's blissful small–town existence is upended when a returning WWII–vet arrives, determined to settle an old score. Disturbingly…
Bad Day at Black RockBad Day at Black Rock (1955) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin
An unflappable Spencer Tracy arrives in a desolate town to investigate a dormant missing–persons report, but the surly locals don't take to…
BacklashBacklash (1956)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell
Richard Widmark and Donna Reed play the tough–talkin', rootin–tootin leads in this gritty horse opera, as they both seek vengeance for…
Gunfight at the O.K. CorralGunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming
The legendary Doc Holliday–Wyatt Earp clash with the Clayton gang with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in the leading spurs. A textbook Western.
Old Man and the Sea, TheOld Man and the Sea, The (1958)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracey excels in this faithful adaptation of Hemingway’s famous novel, as an aging fisherman who carries on a lengthy duel with the forces…
Last Train from Gun HillLast Train from Gun Hill (1959)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones
Underrated American Western telling the tale of a U.S. Marshal seeking revenge in the town of 'Gun Hill' after the racially charged rape and murder…
Magnificent Seven, TheMagnificent Seven, The (1960) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson
Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson head other famous faces–to–be in this popular remake of Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI.
By Love PossessedBy Love Possessed (1961)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Jason Robards Jr.
Junky drama set in picture perfect New England town centres on the insipid lives and loves of its inhabitants. Sub–Sirkian melodrama has its…
Great Escape, TheGreat Escape, The (1963) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough
McQueen heads a star–studded international cast in this superb drama based on a true account of an escape from a German POW camp by a group of…
Satan Bug, The (1964)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Alistair Maclean, Richard Basehart
Set in a hushed desert landscape of secret government laboratories and ominous rock–formations, this Cold War paranoia–thriller…
Hallelujah Trail, TheHallelujah Trail, The (1965)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence
Unusual western adventure about a wagon train of whisky that becomes the target of the US cavalry, the Temperance League and local Indians. Overlong…
Hour of the GunHour of the Gun (1967)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. James Garner, Jason Robards Jr., Robert Ryan
Slowburning, melancholic revenge flick follows on from the events of Gunfight at the O.K Corral, with Garner as Wyatt Earp wrecking vengeance on the…
Ice Station ZebraIce Station Zebra (1968)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine
Good old–fashioned Cold War intrigue based on the Alistair Maclean novel. An all–bloke ensemble battle against human and natural force,…
MaroonedMarooned (Space Travelers) (1969)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Gene Hackman, Richard Crenna, Gregory Peck
An excellent outer space thriller which proffers an APOLLO 13–like situation of NASA astronauts being stuck in orbit, while the Earthbound…
Joe KiddJoe Kidd (1972)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon
An amoral Clint Eastwood gets involved in a range fued between land baron Robert Duvall and Mexican settlers. Despite a screenplay by Elmore Leonard,…
ChinoChino (1973)
Dir. John Sturges, Duilio Coletti
Feat. Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi
Downbeat western casts a melancholic eye on the plight of a half Indian horse breeder and his struggles in face of racist townsfolk. Almost a…
McQMcQ (1974)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur
John Wayne plays it tough in this neo–noir as a grizzled Seattle cop investigating the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the…
Eagle Has Landed, TheEagle Has Landed, The (1977)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall
German commandos plot to assasinate Winston Churchill in this suspenseful thriller, apparently based on fact. Michael Caine, strangely plausible as a…

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