3:10 to Yuma

September 7th, 2007

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3:10 to Yuma

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A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.8/10 (130,912 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster

Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense.

Writers: Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt

Russell Crowe - Ben Wade
Christian Bale - Dan Evans
Logan Lerman - William Evans
Dallas Roberts - Grayson Butterfield
Ben Foster - Charlie Prince
Peter Fonda - Byron McElroy
Vinessa Shaw - Emma Nelson
Alan Tudyk - Doc Potter
Luce Rains - Marshal Weathers
Gretchen Mol - Alice Evans
Lennie Loftin - Glen Hollander
Rio Alexander - Campos
Johnny Whitworth - Darden
Shawn Howell - Jackson (as Shawn D. Howell)
Pat Ricotti - Jorgensen

Taglines: Time waits for one man


Official Website: LionsGate [United States] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 7 September 2007

Filming Locations: Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,035,033 (USA) (9 September 2007) (2652 Screens)

Gross: $53,606,916 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Russell Crowe was no longer committed to Baz Luhrmann's next film, he actively pursued this film as his next project. James Mangold immediately signed Crowe when Tom Cruise, who was in talks to play Ben Wade, bowed out.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the shootout when Ben and Dan are on a rooftop, before the camera cuts to Ben and Dan, Charlie Prince fires a shot but there is no sound when he shoots.

[first lines]
Alice Evans: [upon hearing Dan cock his rifle] Dan... Maybe it's the wind.

User Review

An old fashioned modern western

Rating: 8/10

I saw this film last night at a preview in the lead up to the Toronto International Film Festival. Having never been a big western fan (with a few exceptions - Shane, High Noon, The Wild Bunch) and having been rather indifferent to Walking The Line, James Mangold's last directorial effort, my expectations were modest, despite the hype that the film has received. But I was duly impressed. The action and tension remain constant throughout but, more importantly, the plot is compelling and the acting is terrific. No doubt many will be impressed by Ben Foster's affected performance as Russell Crowe's loyal but psychopathic sidekick (think Johnny Depp in the Pirate movies) but to my taste it was much too over the top in a cast that offered a number of subtle and well thought out performances.

Russell Crowe is brilliant as the arrogant, amoral outlaw Ben Wade and Christian Bales infuses his role as a beleaguered rancher and Civil War veteran with just the right mix of pathos and dignity. Iy was wonderful to see Peter Fonda be given a role in which he was allowed to demonstrate his genuine talent, much too long hidden away. In my view, though, it is Logan Lerman who most deserves the accolades that will certainly come his way. He plays Bales' teenage son who comes of age in the course of the film. Initially disillusioned with a father whom he sees as drudge and a failure, he eventually recognizes his father as the hero he is (or at least becomes).

Cinematically, this film ranks up there with the best westerns of all time. It is consistently beautiful to watch and captures the expanse and majesty of the American west as well as any movie I've ever seen.

In many respects this is a traditional western (it is a remake, after all). They really don't make movies like this much anymore and it will be interesting to see whether it finds an audience in this era of dumbed down teen comedies and quirky slices of dysfunctional modern life. I wish it well.

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