The Ultimate 3:10 to Yuma Quiz

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A dishonored father clashes with a notorious gangster. Only one of them can survive. Who will make out it alive from the carnage and grim storytelling of "3:10 to Yuma"?

"3:10 to Yuma" is a remake of another Western film.

It is, in fact, a remake. The original "3:10 to Yuma" was released in 1957. It starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.

The original "3:10 to Yuma" was based on what sort of work of art?

The 1957 movie was based on a short story written by Elmore Leonard. He is well-known for writing stories that wind up on the big screen.

"3:10 to Yuma" is brimming with big stars. Who gets top billing in this show?

Russell Crowe and Christian Bale play the two biggest parts in this epic Western. It also stars Vinessa Shaw, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol and other notable actors.

Russell Crowe plays a man named Ben Wade. What sort of man is Wade?

Ben Wade is a bad man. He's an outlaw who will shoot people just for his own personal gain, and he's got another plot brewing.

Christian Bale plays a poor rancher named Dan Evans. What noticeable physical trait does Evans have?

Evans lost a leg in the Civil War. His poor physical condition and terrible financial straits have left him in a difficult life situation.

As the story begins, what do Evans and his sons witness?

Dan Evans and his sons are searching for missing livestock when they stumble upon a stagecoach robbery. The robber, of course, is Ben Wade, who shoots the men aboard the armored stagecoach.

What does Wade do after he realizes Evans and his sons are witnesses to murder and robbery?

Wade doesn't want to kill the man and his sons. He steals their horses and leaves them tied up on the side of the road.

There are many rural desert scenes in this movie. The film was mostly shot on location in Utah.

The wide landscapes in "3:10 to Yuma" are mostly from New Mexico, where the movie was filmed. A bit of it was shot in Los Angeles and Arizona.

Tom Cruise nearly played which part in the movie?

Cruise was intrigued by the storyline. He considered the part of the evil Ben Wade, but eventually, negotiations ended before they reached an agreement.

What do Evans and his sons do after freeing themselves from their constraints?

Evans and his sons free themselves and find a wounded stagecoach employee. They help him to town in an effort to save his life.

Evans is infuriated with a man named Glen Hollander. Why?

Glen Hollander wants money that Evans owes him. When Evans can't pay, Hollander sets his barn on fire, adding further woe to Evans' many predicaments.

In town, Evans runs into Wade and gives him grief for the trouble he's brought into his family's life. What does Wade do in response?

Wade, momentarily struck by guilt, feels bad for the trouble he caused Evans and his sons. He gives the poor man a few dollars to help him.

What happens to Wade while he's hanging out in town?

Wade loiters too long in the town of Bisbee. He's arrested by railroad authorities, who plan to send him to prison.

What strange weather event affected the film's shooting schedule?

A completely unexpected snowstorm dropped tons of snow in the area. The film crew frantically removed snow from the sets and even trucked in some dry dirt to make the desert landscape look right for the movie.

Ben Foster plays Charlie Prince, Wade's most loyal fellow gangster. Foster was in which of the following films?

Foster has been in numerous other major films, such as "The Punisher" and "Lone Survivor." He plays Charlie, Wade's right-hand man.

To what does "3:10 to Yuma" refer, anyway?

The "3:10 to Yuma" refers to the local train schedule. The railroad law enforcement personnel want to put Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma, which is where the prison is located.

What's the challenge to putting Wade on the 3:10 to Yuma?

The authorities want to put Wade on the train to Yuma, but there's a problem -- the train departs from the town of Contention, which is three days away. Somehow, they have to transport Wade to Contention without getting ambushed by Wade's men.

Why does Dan Evans agree to join the group of men that's escorting Wade to Contention?

The railroad company offers to pay cash to the men who escort Wade to Contention. Evans agrees, not knowing just how treacherous the journey will become.

This film was released in 2007. What was its production budget?

It was no cheap undertaking. "3:10 to Yuma" cost about $55 million to make, much pricier than most Westerns.

The movie bombed at the box office.

Although it didn't exactly rake in the cash, the movie did make money. It grossed about $70 million on its budget of $55 million.

Evans and a group of men set off with Wade in their custody. How do they try to fool Wade's men?

The men try to fool Wade's men by sending a decoy wagon as a distraction. Then they race off in the other direction, hoping that Wade's men won't discover the ruse until it's too late.

Two of Wade's captors torment Wade during the journey. What does Wade do in response?

Wade is not to be trifled with. When two of his captors mock him, he immediately kills them, leaving Dan Evans as the only man left to transport the prisoner to Contention.

Why were animal rights investigators called to review the movie set?

On the very first day of filming, there was an accident with a stunt rider and his horse. The horse was badly injured and had to be put down, so the American Humane Association investigated the set. They found no real wrongdoing on the part of the film crew.

What happens when Wade's men ambush the decoy wagon?

The men are enraged that they've been fooled. They kill the men involved with the decoy and then set off to catch up to Wade and Evans.

The film received mostly positive reviews. It also received two Academy Award nominations.

The film was regarded as a fine piece of work on all counts. It was nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.

The movie won both of its Oscar nominations.

"3:10 to Yuma" received two Oscar nominations but didn't win either award. The Screen Actors Guild Awards also nominated the film for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It didn't win.

Charlie Prince, Wade's right-hand man, arrives in Contention before Wade and Evans. What does he do?

Prince offers a reward for anyone who can kill Wade's captors. Numerous locals jump at the chance to make a killing … for killing.

The remake's ending is identical to the original film's ending.

The ending of the 2007 movie is completely different than the film that inspired it. The original movie had a much happier ending.

Evans and Wade evade gunfire and make it to the train station in Yuma. Why does Wade agree to willingly board the train?

As a favor to Evans, who has treated him kindly, Wade agrees to board the train to Yuma. He's sure that he'll escape the prison, anyway. But as Wade boards the train, one of Wade's men shoots and kills Evans.

Wade spends the rest of his life in prison.

As the train rolls away, Wade whistles for his horse, which gallops after the locomotive. That's where the movie ends, but we can assume that Wade escapes and lives to fight another day.

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