3:10 to Yuma

Theatrical Release: September 7, 2007
3:10 to Yuma


In Arizona in the late 1800’s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma”, a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other’s respect. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.

The movie is a remake of the 1957 Western toplining Glenn Ford.

Dove Review

It seems that Russell Crowe and Christian Bale have a good on-screen chemistry. Although they don’t play friends in the film, they learn to respect each other as Dan Evans (Bale) intends to make certain the waiting-to-be-hanged Ben Wade (Crowe) is on the 3:10 train to Yuma to face his judgment. Wade is that particular “type” who is not all bad. He actually has a code of morals of some sorts. He does, however, kill people when he deems it necessary.

The story is fast-paced and yet slows down long enough so as to concentrate a bit on character development. Bale and Crowe are both “on” in their respective roles. Bale’s role is similar to Gary Cooper’s stint as the sheriff in “High Noon”. He intends to see that justice prevails, or die trying in the attempt. One real complaint I have about this film is that it has a couple of utterances of the F word. This just wasn’t real likely to have been uttered by cowboys in the old west. The strong language, along with the graphic violence in some shoot-’em-up scenes, prevent us from awarding our Dove Seal to this film as a family-friendly movie. As does a character sleeping with a saloon girl.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing; a character sleeps with a saloon girl.
Language: GD-7; G-1; JC-1; H-11; F-2; D-6; S-6; A-4; SOB-2; P-5; B-1; Whore-1
Violence: A lot of shooting and deaths with some blood seen on people's faces; one character is seen with a lot of blood on his neck from being shot; other bloody wounds and in one scene a doctor removes a bullet rather graphically from a man's body; some men are hit with shovels; a man receives a boot in the face; one man is killed by a prisoner and a lot of blood is seen on neck and chest.
Drugs: Drinking.
Nudity: A character draws a woman's nude body from behind and it is seen in the drawing; a woman is partially dressed and a lot of skin is seen although nothing too graphic.
Other: A bad character quotes some verses from Proverbs, which is basically about people's mouths leading them into trouble.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Halsted Welles and Michael Brandt and Derek Haas
Director: James Mangold
Producer: Cathy Konrad
Genre: Western
Runtime: 117 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Christian Bale, Chris Browning, Chad Brummett, Russell Crowe
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter