Based on Shakespeare's King Lear, director Edward Dmytryk's powerful Broken Lance is the epic tale of what happens when a hard-nosed pioneer trusts his wayward sons to continue the family legacy. When cattle baron Matt Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) illegally raids a copper smelter that has been polluting his water, he divides his property among his three oldest sons, while his youngest son Joe (Robert Wagner in his first starring role), born of a marriage to a Comanche woman, takes the rap for the crime and is sentenced to three years in jail. When Joe emerges from prison he finds that his world has changed: his rebellious stepbrothers have driven his mother away, destroyed their father's cattle empire and ultimately contributed to their father's fatal stroke.
Joe immediately sets about planning his revenge and settling the score with his sadistic oldest brother Ben (Richard Widmark).
An Academy Award winning screenplay®, astounding performances, striking cinematography and a terrific score combine to make this tale of greed, corruption and revenge one of the greatest Westerns ever made.