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Shane is a traditional old-
The story is not complex. It is just about ranchers bullying settlers, centering
on Shane's experience being with one of the families. There are no sub or side-
The acting is a mixed bag, but there is a very clear culprit to point out.
There is a kid named Joey played by Brandon de Wilde. He is in this movie a lot as one of the main characters and he is absolutely terrible. Everything about his scenes is uncomfortable. The camera hangs on too long until he stops moving his eyes and says something. His delivery is excruciatingly fake. And maybe it is a sin to comment on an actor's looks but his buck teeth, squinty eyes and and giant forehead in combination with his manner of speaking just make him seem ...special.
Dialogue overall has ups and downs. There are parts that sound like they were written by an unschooled person for a comic book, and Joey is the concentrated juice of that style. Weird thing is, there are also moments when it suddenly gets deep and grown up.
The villain is really good though. Snake eyes, evil smile, everything about this guy is wonderfully psychotic. He is played by a certain Jack Palance who I thought was wearing some special mask for this movie, but that is actually the guy's real chin! In fact, this bad guy pretty much makes up for the boy's acting, but is unfortunately not given as much screen time.
The cinematography's alright, although has imperfections here and there like a noticeable
cut in the middle of a scene or the day-
Have I mentioned I hate the kid? I really hate that kid.
Anyway, the film is a feel-
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