A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)
Fred Lewis
Emile Meyer ...
Rufus Ryker
Stonewall Torrey
Douglas Spencer ...
Axel 'Swede' Shipstead
John Dierkes ...
Morgan Ryker
Mrs. Liz Torrey
John Miller ...
Will Atkey - Bartender
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Shipstead


Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

1 October 1953 (France)  »

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George Stevens' Production of Shane  »

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$3,100,000 (estimated)


$9,000,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's line "Shane. Shane. Come back!" was voted as the #47 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »


At the end of the big gun fight when Shane and Joey are talking outside of Grafton's bar Shane calls him Jimmy. See more »


[first lines]
Joey: Somebody's comin', Pa!
Joe Starrett: Well, let him come.
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Beautiful Dreamer
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Written by Stephen Foster
In the score at a meeting of the townfolk
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Much More Than a Western
10 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Shane" should be required viewing for anyone setting out to make a film. It tells its story visually, through subtext, and creates a realistic portrait of people; it is also emotionally and morally complex. It is never stated that Shane had been a gunfighter; we just understand this, from his appearance and from what we glean through the dialogue. Likewise, there are no overt moments of intimacy between Shane and Marion (Mrs. Starrett), but we are aware that there is a deep attraction between them. When Joe, Marian's husband, realizes it, it is not because of anything he states, just a line at the 4th of July party, when Marian (in her wedding dress) is dancing with Shane: "Looks like I'm fenced out," and what is spoken as a joke becomes serious as we watch the expression on his face. The closest he comes to actually saying anything is toward the end, when he's going to ride into town to face Ryker, and tells Marian that if anything happens to him he knows she'll be taken care of. Likewise, at the end of the film, when little Joey is calling across the plains for Shane to "come back," he yells to Shane, "Mother wants you, I know she does," and the words echo back, we see a close up of Joey, his expression changing, and we know the child realizes too that Shane does (or could) mean something more to his mother.

Stevens also didn't make the "bad guys" black-and-white villains. We understand that these men fought and tamed the land and are now being displaced by the homesteaders. What they want might not be fair, but it is not completely unreasonable either.

Most of the scenes, even the simple ones, play in montage. It looks as though Stevens shot each scene from about 15 different angles and edited them together. The effect is striking.

Far and away one of the best films ever.

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