Men -- Psychology -- Drama, Men -- West (U.S.) -- Attitudes -- Drama, Rodeo performers -- Drama, Rodeos -- Social aspects -- United States -- Drama

The Lusty Men

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A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray—perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films.

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Susan Hayward, Arthur Hunnicutt,

The Lusty Men is less a "man's film" than a melancholy and moving critique of masculine values. Ray, in his observation of a complex triangle involving a former rodeo champion (Robert Mitchum), his cowboy protégé (Arthur Kennedy), and the cowboy's wife (Susan Hayward), casts two American prototypes—the itinerant outsider and the homesteader—against one another, with a third, the fifties housewife, caught in between. Typically, Ray finds the loneliness inherent in each position: in Mitchum's time-limited machismo, in Kennedy's go-for-broke ambition, and in Hayward's conflicting desires for passion and peace, both thwarted by the urgencies of a man's world.

Judy Bloch