Firecreek (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes


Firecreek (1968)





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Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda headline this western in which an old lawman (Stewart) attempts to keep his town safe from a band of recent returnees from the Missouri range wars and their villainous leader (Fonda), who threaten to destroy it with their drunken revelry. The old sheriff usually avoids the town, preferring to live on the outskirts of town with his pregnant wife. He is a bit of a pacifist, and when he sees what the outlaws are doing to the peaceful little village, he decides he must intervene, as no one in town seems to have the grit to fight back. At first the lawman attempts to reason with the outlaws. He fails at this, and even more violence ensues, forcing the sheriff to use a stronger form of persuasion.

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James Stewart
as Johnny Cobb
Dean Jagger
as Whittier
Ed Begley Sr.
as Preacher Broyles
Jay C. Flippen
as Mr. Pittman
Jack Elam
as Norman
Jacqueline Scott
as Henrietta Cobb
Athena Lorde
as Mrs. Littlejohn
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Critic Reviews for Firecreek

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The Jimmy Stewart hero usually isn't very happy with his job. He doesn't go around sticking his neck out. He's no John Wayne type. But finally he gets pushed beyond the breaking point and Wayne hath no fury like a Stewart scorned.

July 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A mediocre Western, elevated by the star power of Henry Fonda (as the villain) and Jimmy Stewart

May 4, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's a B-western passed off as an A-western.

April 12, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Firecreek

Gritty western with a melancholy tone. Stewart and Fonda do good work as adversaries although Henry is a conflicted villain. He has some good scenes with Inger Stevens that humanize his character. Inger imparts a real sense of muted sorrow to her part but also a core of strength, a very subtle actress.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Decent if rather old-fashioned western, raised above meciocrity by the two heavyweight stars.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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