The Outrage (1964) is a remake of the 1950 Japanese film Rashomon, reformulated as a Western. It was directed by Martin Ritt and is based on stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Like the original Akira Kurosawa film, four people give contradictory accounts of a rape and murder. Ritt utilizes flashbacks to provide these contradictory accounts.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Martin Ritt|
|Produced by||A. Ronald Lubin|
|Written by||Michael Kanin|
|Based on||"In a Grove" and "Rashomon"|
by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
by Akira Kurosawa
by Fay Kanin
Edward G. Robinson
Howard Da Silva
|Music by||Alex North|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||Frank Santillo|
|Box office||$1,800,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
Three disparate travelers, a disillusioned preacher (William Shatner), an unsuccessful prospector (Howard Da Silva), and a larcenous, cynical con man (Edward G. Robinson), meet at a decrepit railroad station in the 1870s Southwest United States. The prospector and the preacher were witnesses at the memorable rape and murder trial of the notorious bandit Juan Carrasco (Paul Newman). The bandit duped an aristocratic Southerner, Colonel Wakefield (Laurence Harvey), into believing he knew the location of a lost Aztec treasure. The greedy "gentleman" allowed himself to be tied up while Carasco assaulted his wife Nina (Claire Bloom). These events lead to the stabbing of the husband and Carrasco was tried, convicted, and condemned for the crimes.
Everyone's account on the witness stand differed dramatically. Carrasco claimed that Wakefield was tied up with ropes while Nina was assaulted, after which he killed the colonel in a duel. The newlywed wife contends that she was the one who killed her husband because he accused her of leading on Carrasco and causing the rape. The dead man "testifies" through a third witness, an old Indian shaman (Paul Fix), who said that neither of those accounts was true. He insisted that the colonel used a jeweled dagger to commit suicide after the incident.
It turns out that there was a fourth witness, the prospector, one with a completely new view of what actually took place. But can his version be trusted?
The Outrage was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on February 17, 2009 in a Region 1 widescreen DVD.
- This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
- Miller, Gabriel (2000). The Films of Martin Ritt: Fanfare for the Common Man. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. p. 70. ISBN 9781617034961. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Field, Sydney (1965-04-01). "Outrage". Film Quarterly. 18 (3): 13–39. doi:10.2307/1210961. ISSN 0015-1386.