In previous western films no one identified hero was prominent, and 3:10 To Yuma was no exception. If you are expecting a happy ending, don't go see this film. I would suggest possibly renting a few old westerns first to get a feel for what you will experience during this film. You will appreciate it much more if you do so.
The director, James Mangold, created the perfect balance between elements from old westerns, such as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and modern humor to keep the audience's attention. As much as I dislike Russell Crowe as an actor, he proved himself as an "A-list" actor with an excellent performance as the bandit, Ben Wade. The cast was very well selected ranging from Christian Bale and Peter Fonda to Alan Tudyk and Luke Wilson. The film was extremely entertaining and unlike anything in the theatres right now. It is refreshing to know that classic film-making can still be done so well and can still be appreciated. This is an absolute must-see for young and old movie-goers.
Love it. Love it. Love it.
Vinessa Shaw (the beautiful bartender, Emmy, in 3:10 to Yuma) was the young Allison in 1993 Halloween flick, Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Did You Know?
The original 3:10 To Yuma was filmed in 1957 starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.