Run for the Sun (1956)

Article #1244 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-10-2004
Posting Date: 1-7-2005
Directed by Roy Boulting
Featuring Richard Widmark, Trevor Howard, Jane Greer

A reporter tracks down a writer who has given up his craft and moved to Mexico. The two of them end up stranded on a plantation owned by men with a secret.

This thriller is well acted, will directed and quite satisfying. For the purposes of this series, though, its inclusion here is somewhat problematic; the fantastic content here is negligible, and it largely gets in by being something of a remake of a movie that does qualify. I hope I’m not giving away too much by saying that that other movie is THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. The problem here is that this variation on the story strips away most of the content that edged that movie into the horror genre; our villain here is not the insane huntsman tracking down men for the mere sport of it, but one whose motivations exist much more in the realm of the mundane, and who has logical (if unethical) reasons for his behavior. All of this really just goes to show how hard it is to pin down some of these movies; despite the surface similarity to TMDG, this is a standard, straightforward thriller with no horror content, unless the fact that it takes place in the jungle counts. Chalk this one up as another false lead.


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