Bend of the River Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Howard Petrie

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Two cowboys with questionable backgrounds agree to lead a wagon train of settlers from Missouri to a settlement in Oregon.
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The settlers buy the last of the provisions in the mining town before beginning their journey.
The man that owns the town had promised those provisions to a mining camp in the mountains. He goes after the wagon train with a group of men. After a gunfight, the rich man and most of his men are dead.
Two miners meet the wagon train and offer them a hundred thousand dollars for the provisions, but the settlers refuse.
Some of the men and one of the cowboys beat up the other cowboy and hijack the wagon train to sell to the miners.
The beaten cowboy follows the train. He procures a gun from a man that stayed behind to kill him.
A girl in the train unties a horse and leaves it behind for the cowboy.
The cowboy catches up to the train and scares off most of the men.
The other cowboy had gone to the camp to get some miners to fight the settlers.
The settlers fight off the miners and the beaten cowboy beats up the other cowboy and kills him.
The settlers go on to deliver the provisions to their settlement.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

BEND OF THE RIVER is a western directed by Anthony Mann in 1952.

James Stewart, a former outlaw, is leading settlers from Missouri to Oregon. In Portland, the settlers pay in advance the food and the cattle they will need before winter and sail up the river. As the food hasn't arrived yet in october to the settlement, James Stewart comes back to Portland. There, he learns there that there is a gold rush to the mountains and that the food of the settlers is worth a hundred times more now. Stewart manages to sail up the river with the stock but is followed by Tom Hendricks, the food supplier, who has not given up the idea of making more money with the settlers's goods.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 35%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 15%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   traveling across the west    -   fighting bad business/family

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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