One of the very best films by the uncompromising American director Samuel Fuller ( — also: one of the very best, and most iconoclastic, Westerns ever conceived) was also a mid-career triumph for the brilliant Barbara Stanwyck. Forty Guns finds Fuller at the height of his game.
Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck, with her iconic night-nurse babyface) is avatar of the consummate Brooklynite, transplanted here to the dusty crags of the West – Cochise County, Arizona, to be precise – where as a wealthy landowner she exerts a powerful influence over town affairs and commands a league of some “forty guns” to enact her will. The appearance of interloper Griff (a character name that recurs throughout all of Fuller’s body of work, embodied this time by Barry Sullivan) precipitates Jessica’s domain’s slide into chaos...
Originally intended by Fuller to be titled The Woman with a Whip, Forty Guns represents an apex of 20th Century Fox’s filmmaking while the studio era still shone. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Forty Guns on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.
Gorgeous new transfer in the original aspect ratio
Audio interview with Samuel Fuller from 1969 at the National Film Theatre in London
Video interview with film critic Jean-Louis Leutrat
A booklet featuring new writing by Stephane Joudet, an extract from Samuel Fuller's autobiography, and rare archival imagery
»Verzwickter Western eines Regisseurs, der schon immer auf Konventionen gepfiffen hat.« (Heyne Filmlexikon)
»Eine interessante Wester-Variante.« (Lexikon des Int. Films)
»Stilbildender Klassiker.« (Cinema)