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Cimarron (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 12 March 1961 (UK)
The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier family and its friends.

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Tom Wyatt
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William Hardy / The Cherokee Kid
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Mrs. Sarah Wyatt
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Wes Jennings
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Sam Pegler
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Bob Yountis
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Jesse Rickey (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
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Mrs. Mavis Pegler
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Judge Neal Hefner
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Mrs. Neal Hefner
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The epic saga of a frontier family, Cimarron starts with the Oklahoma Land Rush on 22 April 1889. The Cravet family builds their newspaper Oklahoma Wigwam into a business empire and Yancey Cravet is the adventurer-idealist who, to his wife's anger, spurns the opportunity to become governor since this means helping to defraud the native Americans of their land and resources. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Story of a VAST and VIOLENT LAND! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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12 March 1961 (UK)  »

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Edna Ferber's Cimarron  »

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$5,421,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eva Marie Saint was considered for the role of Sabra. See more »

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During the land rush, several men lasso an Indian driving a wagon and the rope is shown tightening around his neck as they pull him off. In the next scene, they are shown dragging him on the ground, but the rope is now around his waist. See more »

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Referenced in Long Ranger and Tonton: Shooting Stars of the West (1989) See more »

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Cimarron
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Franz Waxman
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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Starts Out Excellent, Then Turns Into A Dang Girl Movie! (Someone had to say it.)
28 February 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

I've seen movies that were so-so, left me feeling indifferent, or were completely boring. This one was maddeningly unsatisfying, as the first half was so good, bringing tears to my eyes, while the second half was absolutely awful.

After an excellent start, including an incredible, well staged recreation of the Oklahoma land rush and a vivid account of life in a growing frontier community, Cimarron bogs down and never recovers.

Glenn Ford is fantastic and likable as an extroverted dreamer, who despite many disappointments, tries to have a positive affect on the people around him, making for a very poignant hour or so, until it becomes way too apparent that the town portrayed in the movie is absolutely loaded with unpleasant characters and no matter what Ford does, his efforts always lead to terrible and unsatisfying conclusions, with no one in the film ever achieving true happiness or triumphing in any way!

This eventually turns into a lame, schmaltzy soap-opera that meanders and becomes quite tedious, with Maria Schell as Ford's wife, becoming increasingly shrill, while Ford begins to drift in and out of the picture, finally disappearing for good.

Instead, watch How The West Was Won, another multi-generational salute to the old west, that actually has a little triumph to go along with the tragedy or even the 1931 version of Cimmaron, which isn't that great, but is still preferable to this.


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