In a Valley of Violence

 (809)6.02016R
Ethan Hawke and John Travolta star in this action western about a mysterious drifter who enters a forgotten town, only to lead himself into a fight with the town's marshal.
Directors
Ti West
Starring
Karen GillanEthan HawkeJohn Travolta
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WesternAdventureAction
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Supporting actors
Taissa FarmigaBurn GormanToby HussJames Ransone
Producers
Jason BlumJacob JafkePeter Phok
Studio
Focus Features
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Violencesexual contentfoul languagedrug use
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4.1 out of 5 stars

809 global ratings

  1. 53% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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Mark ArnottReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Trying too hard for cute
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The movie never made up it's mind, was unable to lead you anywhere. It would try for cute semi-comedy, then gritty realism. The dog was good, a perfect example of the flaws - introduced as a loyal simple fierce protector, then used for fluffy squeezes, finally reduced to dog tricks wrapping itself up in a blanket. And in a series of odd black and white flashbacks meant to plumb the depths of Ethan Hawkes tortured soul, nobody had the heart to tell the director they didn't have flashlights in the 1870s. A mess of a movie, wasting an abundance of talent.
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MatthewReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
John Wick in the old west
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A really entertaining story about revenge. A drifter and his dog walks into a small town, picks a fight with the town bully and knocks him out. Then the drifter gets run out of town by the sheriff, whose son was the bully the drifter knocked out. Afterwards the bully son catches up to the man and they attack him and leave him for dead. Big mistake.

Ethan Hawke plays Paul, the drifter who is just passing through town trying to stay out of trouble. Its unavoidable and now he's got to go after all of the people who wronged him. John Travolta plays the one legged town sheriff, a man who rules over the town with intimidation and threats. James Ransome plays his son, the big mouth so started everything.

It's a fast and deeply entertaining story. Entire story takes place about a day and a half and there is no fat in the story. Probably one of the best westerns in years.
26 people found this helpful
JimmyCanDoReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great little western movie. Well made and acted. Fun to watch...
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What a great, little western...!! If you love or even like western movies, give this one a shot (pun intended). And its very well well made and acted. At times there's moments as tributes to the Serigo Leone films, especially Good, Bad & Ugly. And the few moments of humor are not overly done, like many moies today. In other words, this director trusts his audience and not feel like he has to stretch comical moments all thru out the film. Salute to Mr Ethan Hawk for another well done movie.
David WelchReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Farmiga has great presence and Karen Gillan holds her own
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Solidly done western, has everything you'd want from one. It's a story you've seen before but the filmmakers still took the time to do it right, and were clearly invested in the telling. Ethan Hawke is solid in the lead, Travolta plays an interesting sorta-villain. Farmiga has great presence and Karen Gillan holds her own. Doesn't have the comically over-the-top gunfights of the recent Magnificnet 7 remake, but the action is well-done and fitting to the setting/genre. And there's a great dog in it too, who could dislike that?
5 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful actors and a nicely paced story.
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Ethan Hawke stars as Paul, a lone drifter who wanders into the forgotten town of Denton, Texas – dubbed by locals as the "valley of violence." There, gets into a fight with the wrong man, Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town's unforgiving marshal (John Travolta). I love me an occasional western and especially when it is done right. the start is a bit slow and Ethan as a very low key gun slinger sometimes goes too slow. John is terrific by the way as the Marshall that has the town under his thumb. His grasp of the situation is wonderful. Every character is authentic and I loved it. I won't say what caused the fracas but early on I think you will see it coming. So Sad.
4 people found this helpful
JimmyRReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The worst western ever
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A caricature of a caricature of a western. Bad acting. Poor dialogue. Fistful of cliches. It makes the worst spaghetti western look like Masterpiece Theater. Just an awful film. Not even worth the 2 bucks rental! Nothing redeemable about it except the views of Galisteo, New Mexico.
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Jazz1152Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Movie Is Not the Typical Western
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All of those who gave this movie one or two stars missed the point. This was not a serious western. It is a pseudo-western with a little comedy. Some one mentioned animal torture. There was no such thing. Yes the bad guys killed the dog and tried to kill the stranger but that was the reason the mysterious stranger went to town. To seek revenge for killing his dog more than himself. I loved it.
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Jacob W. AndersonReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dumb flash back flashlights scene!!!
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I feel like 3 stars is pretty generous. There were SOME good things. The antagonist was geniunly dislikable. The 2 sisters were interesting characters with entertaining dialougue. Of course, the dog was awesome. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta's couple of scenes together weren't terrible... but the story was super slow. The plot was very predictable and unfulfilling. And there's a scene that aggrivated me the most... the flash back army scene... shot in the dark with what was obviously flashlights??? What?! Really dumb call by the director and shooting staff. It looks, and feels awful. And the ending sucked too. Ive def seen worst movies, but not many worse westerns.
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