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Shane (1953) (George Stevens\' Production of Shane)

Shane                                  (1953)
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Alan Ladd Alan Ladd
Shane
Jean Arthur Jean Arthur
Marian Starrett
Van Heflin Van Heflin
Joe Starrett
Brandon De Wilde Brandon De Wilde
Joey Starrett
Jack Palance Jack Palance
Jack Wilson
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Chris Calloway
Edgar Buchanan Edgar Buchanan
Fred Lewis
Emile Meyer Emile Meyer
Rufus Ryker


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A.B. Guthrie Jr. A.B. Guthrie Jr.
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Jack Sher Jack Sher


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A landmark western

5 years, 7 months ago at Jan 27 11:38
2 votes
"A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that."

Shane may be a vehement western due to its adherence to a number of the genre's tropes, but it's a film which belies its genre. By the 1950s, the American western genre had become predictable, with westerns growing to the ... read more

A classic

6 years, 2 months ago at Jul 20 8:35
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To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect from this movie but since it is a classic, I thought I should give it a try. Well, basically, even though the damned thing has a really solid reputation, I thought it was a rather standard Western story. Indeed, it was a generic tale about some simple farmers who are bullied by some evil cattle baron and, of course, a mysterious stranger passes by ... read more

SHANE

6 years, 9 months ago at Nov 28 4:30
2 votes
SHANE, Paramount, 1953.
Dir. George Stevens, Perf. Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Helfin.
Review by Dominic

As young Joey Starrett (Brandon DeWilde) plays around the front of his isolated valley home, stalking a deer with an unloaded rifle, a buckskin-clad stranger (Ladd) rides in from the distance and crosses on to his family’s land. The boy is captivated by the man, w... read more
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Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like the Starretts, whose land Ryker wants.
Release date: 1 October 1953
UPC: 097360652277
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" Absolutely stunning and gorgeous cinematography Like completely breathtaking. George Stevens brought the ruggedly wondrous terrain of Wyoming to colorful life in this movie and it's a spectacle to behold. Certain times during the film I just wanted to pause to take in the landscapes and the full extent of their beauty. That's a key part of a western imo- the director has to make you fall in love with the wild west and all its brutality and this is what happens here Alan Ladd gives a badass"


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