3:10 to Yuma

Synopsis: After outlaw leader Ben Wade is captured in a small town, his gang continue to threaten. Small-time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to take Wade in secret to the nearest town with a railway station to await the train to the court at Yuma. Once the two are holed up in the hotel to wait it becomes apparent the secret is out, and a battle of wills starts.
Director(s): Delmer Daves
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Let me warn you. I'm Mr. Butterfield.

This is my line and my passengers.

You bother them, I'll hound you

to kingdom come.

We won't bother anybody.

We just want what's underneath

that tarpaulin.

I think our cattle are over the ridge.

I can hear them.

How'd they get over here?

Come on, Pop. Let's go for them.

Let's let the dust settle first, son.


Tell him to stay there.

Stay where you are!

- What do you want?

- I want my cattle back!

- He'll get them in 5 minutes.

- You'll get them in 5 minutes!

You gonna let them do this to you?

Not much else I can do.

Don't anybody move!

If you move, I'll kill him.

Lift him up easy.

Put him on his horse.

Aren't you gonna do something?

What, and get myself shot too?

That must be Ben Wade and his gang.

What's his name?

Bill Moons.

- Where does he live?

- He used to live in Contention City.

Take him there.

Can't. My passengers are due

in Bisbee, only a few miles away.

Take him to Bisbee and put him

on the next coach back.

Where a man lives

is where he should be buried.

- We'll need those horses.

- Why?

So you don't ride to the marshal.

Get off.

All right, boys. Get off.

We'll turn them loose

this side of Bisbee.

- You wait! My pa will kill you!

- Mark.

Let's get the cattle.

Hello there! Could you help us?

- I gotta get the cattle home!

- Could you lend us a horse?

Yeah, I'll bring one back!

What happened?

Where are your horses?

The coach was held up.

They saw us, Ma, and took them.

And killed the driver!

They killed the driver?

One of their fellows was on top,

taking off these bags...

...and the driver grabs him

as a shield.

Do they care?

No, they shoot through him.

It was Ben Wade.

Ben Wade?

What did you do?

There were 12. What could I do?

- We stood still.

- Then they took our horses.

We just watched.

What else could we do?

You want us to get shot?


Go saddle a couple of horses.

I ought to take them

some water too, I guess.

I'm glad you're safe.

Anything could have happened.

There was no danger,

not to us anyway.

- It just seems so terrible.

- Why? What's terrible?

- Nothing.

- What's the matter?


It's terrible that bad things happen,

and all we do is stand by and watch.

Lots of things happen where

you can only stand by and watch.

I know, but to have you stand by

and to have the boys watching...

That's life. You have to watch

a lot of terrible things.

People get killed.

Lightning can kill you.

Three years of drought

killing my cattle is terrible.

But I can't make it rain.

Expect me to cool off the sun?

Dan, why are you so cross?

You expect something from me

that I'm not.

No, I don't. Not really.

I can't go chasing after outlaws,

my cattle dying all over.

- Lf they die, don't know what I'll do.

- I'll hold it.

Ten years of sweating.

You think I want to lose this place?

- Cattle's not dying at Parker's ranch.

- No, of course not.

He's got a stream that don't run dry.

Have you asked him

to let you use it?

What good?

Six months' water right costs $200.

Where will I get that?

Oh, Dan, you have to do something.

You can't just stand by and watch.

You work so hard, I work so hard

and the boys...

Maybe it'll rain.

What if you borrowed

the money in town?

- You know I hate to beg from people.

- Borrowing isn't begging.

It could save us.

I suppose I could try.

- You gonna look for the horses?

- I'm going to Bisbee first.

I'll look on the way back.

That loan would take care of six

months. By then it's bound to rain.

All this will be green in six months.

The cattle will be fat, and the boys...

Maybe you and me won't be

so tired all the time.

In six months we'll be happy,

won't we?

Sure, we'll be happy.

To the boss. He had to say goodbye

to one of us and that's too bad.

But if it wasn't goodbye for him,

it could've been for some of us.


- Is the marshal around?

- In the office.

You tell him the coach

from Contention was held up.

We passed it on the way in.

They don't have horses.

- Did you hear what I said?

- Yeah, I heard.

- Why don't you go tell him?

- He naps between 1 and 2.

He does? That's nice.

That way he don't get tired.

You fellows come from the North?

Down here everybody naps

between 1 and 2.

Everybody except you.

The boss is napping now.

I take mine between 2 and 3.

I guess we've come too early.

- Does this place keep your boss busy?

- No, he does other things.

Like what?

He has a bank

and loans money to ranchers.

Does he keep the money here?

He doesn't have money.

With the drought, nobody pays back.

That's too bad.

Miss, if my outfit's asking

too many questions, you just say so.

We've been driving cattle, and

when you come to a place like this...

...and you see

a nice girl like you...

Well, it's nice.

How far's the Mexican border?

Nobody knows exactly.

It's never been decided.

I think we can find it all right.

When the marshal wakes up,

tell him the coach was robbed.

And tell him the driver was killed.



If there's killing, I'm to wake him.

It's only robbery

he don't want to be waked for.


The coach was robbed

and Bill Moons killed.

Marshal, these fellows outside

seen it!

How far back was it?

- About 10 miles.

- They took the horses too.

Did you hear that, marshal?

- Why didn't you try and help?

- We were strung out.

- We didn't see it till we looked back.

- Right.

Go get everybody.

Where are you fellows from?

Prairie Cattle Company.

- Didn't know they got this far.

- They bought 60,000 in Mexico.

- They sent us to drive them in.

- You won't be staying?

No, just long enough to have a drink.

Alex Potter!

I told you he had rheumatism!

Anyway, he sold his horse.

He can use one of my horses!

Suspicious old goat.

- Where's Alex Potter?

- Sleeping it off.

I don't think he wants to leave

town with us here.

Scatter across the border.

We'll meet in Nogales tonight.

- What's holding up the boss?

- Don't worry, he'll be along.

He can handle that hick posse


Come on.

Didn't I see you some place?

Did you?

Yeah, did you ever...?

Did you ever work in Cheyenne?

- El Paso?

- No.

Did you ever work in the

Blind Irishman in Dodge City?

Yeah, I sang there.

Best time I ever had in my life.

What made you quit?

I got to coughing too much.

Doctor said I should breathe dry air.

You sure come to the right place here.

I spent more money in that place...

Did you remember a girl,

her name was...


- A heavyset girl.

- And Velvet? Remember her?

I spent 300 in one night on her.

Remember, they had

real Paris dresses there.

Real Paris perfume.

You have to treat a woman right.

I'd have spent every cent on her

except she married the governor.

Many young fellows around this place?

No, they're all older.

You must get lonely.

Hey! Where are they?

Where'd they go?


That way.

- Ain't you gonna help catch him?

- Wish I could.

- How'd they look?

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