Sunday, 4 November 2007

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Dir: John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath, My Darling Clementine)

Cast: James Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin
USA, 1962

Seen: November 4, 2007 thanks to Toronto Public Library

Reason to see: I realized I had not seen any of John Wayne films and considering I am looking at westerns for the month, that had to be changed.

Now this is one heck of a film. A stellar cast brings a diverse group of characters to life in this tale in a town named Shinbone. The film explores the question of realism versus idealism in how to deal with a evil man named Liberty Valance, and as the town runs as a whole. Is it possible to change the tide, or will people always stick to your guns (literally or figuratively). It’s a beautiful, rich film and delves much deeper than many of the westerns I’ve seen and although I have to admit I was surprised at the casting of James Stewart was in a western but the choice is 100% perfect. It was also exciting to finally see a film with John Wayne, who I recognized within seconds after hearing his voice. It’s no wonder John Wayne is a favourite of the genre with his great lines with perfect delivery to quick and strong moves all with more style and charm than anyone else on the screen.

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was brilliant
I’d happily watch it again
I’d recommend it

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© Shannon Ridler, 2007


Polly said...

This sounds so familiar, but I can't remember if I've seen it for sure (that's my main complaint with westerns!)

I'm excited to ride along with you this month!

Jamie said...

I haven't seen this one, but I'll definitely put it on the ever-growing list!

Suzie Ridler said...

I haven't seen this one either but will try if it's on. Isn't John Wayne great? I just LOVE him! I'm so glad you saw a movie with him in it and it sounds like it was a good one.

2Things@Once said...

I recall being thoroughly entertained by this film. I would also recommend "Destry Rides Again", an earlier western staring Jimmy Stewart (who's great in it, costarring with Marlena Dietrich.) Also, I'm not a huge John Wayne fan, but I really liked "Rio Bravo" (directed by Howard Hawks), which has the crazy cast list of Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson. I thought it was great.

Thanks for stopping by my site and dropping a comment!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

This has been one that I've been the most impressed with so far, not just as a western but as a film as a whole.

Welcome Polly, ride along with us - fun fun!

Welcome 2things@once! Thanks for the recommendations :) I've expecting Rio Bravo soon!

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