A strange, almost self-conscious, Western from one of the greatest practioners of the form. Like other Mann efforts , THE FAR COUNTRY is noteworthy for the parable starkness of its story and its flawless command of landscape photography. His films also have the most articulated moments of
combat in the cinema: issues of honor, betrayal, violence, and death figure prominently.
Partners Jeff (Stewart) and Ben (Brennan) travel north from Wyoming to the Oregon Territory with a herd of cattle, planning to sell the steers for a fortune in the gold-boom towns. They arrive in the town of Skagway, where the self-appointed judge, Mr. Gannon (McIntire), takes the herd from...