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Writer:
James R. Webb (written by) (suggested by the series "How the West Was Won" which appeared in LIFE magazine)
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Release Date:
20 February 1963 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A FABULOUS ROMANTIC ADVENTURE See more »
Plot:
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carroll Baker ... Eve Prescott

Lee J. Cobb ... Marshal Lou Ramsey

Henry Fonda ... Jethro Stuart

Carolyn Jones ... Julie Rawlings

Karl Malden ... Zebulon Prescott

Gregory Peck ... Cleve Van Valen

George Peppard ... Zeb Rawlings

Robert Preston ... Roger Morgan

Debbie Reynolds ... Lilith Prescott

James Stewart ... Linus Rawlings

Eli Wallach ... Charlie Gant

John Wayne ... Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Richard Widmark ... Mike King
Brigid Bazlen ... Dora Hawkins

Walter Brennan ... Col. Jeb Hawkins
David Brian ... Lilith's Attorney

Andy Devine ... Cpl. Peterson

Raymond Massey ... Abraham Lincoln

Agnes Moorehead ... Rebecca Prescott

Harry Morgan ... Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)

Thelma Ritter ... Agatha Clegg
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Deputy Stover

Russ Tamblyn ... Confederate deserter

Spencer Tracy ... Narrated By (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodolfo Acosta ... Gant Gang Member (uncredited)
Mark Allen ... Colin Harvey (uncredited)
Beulah Archuletta ... Arapaho Woman (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Auction Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Dance Hall Dancer (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Surgeon (uncredited)
John Breen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charlie Briggs ... Flying Arrow Barker (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
Walter Burke ... Wagon Poker Player (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... Stock Player (uncredited)
Kim Charney ... Sam Prescott (uncredited)

Ken Curtis ... Cpl. Ben (uncredited)
John Damler ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Christopher Dark ... Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Kem Dibbs ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Craig Duncan ... James Marshall (uncredited)
Ben Black Elk Sr. ... Arapaho Chief (uncredited)

Jay C. Flippen ... Huggins (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... (uncredited)

James Griffith ... Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Barry Harvey ... Angus Harvey (uncredited)
William Henry ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Jerry Holmes ... Railroad Clerk (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Henchman (uncredited)
Claude Johnson ... Jeremiah Rawlings (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... Gant Henchman (uncredited)
John Larch ... Grimes (uncredited)

Stanley Livingston ... Prescott Rawlings (uncredited)
J. Edward McKinley ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Harry Monty ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Member of Train Robbery Gang (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Robert Nash ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Cliff Osmond ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tudor Owen ... Parson Alec Harvey (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Cpl. Murphy (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Henchman (uncredited)
Red Perkins ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Buddy Red Bow ... Arapaho Man (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Officer (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jamie Ross ... Bruce Harvey (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)
Bryan Russell ... Zeke Prescott (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Trapeze Man (uncredited)
Joe Sawyer ... Riverboat Officer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Auction Spectator (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Bartender (uncredited)
Chief Sky Eagle ... Arapajo Chief (uncredited)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Gant Henchman (uncredited)
Clinton Sundberg ... Hylan Seabury (uncredited)

Karl Swenson ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)

Lee Van Cleef ... River Pirate (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr. ... Officer #2 (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Cattleman at Barricade (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Ford (segment "The Civil War")
Henry Hathaway (segments "The Rivers", "The Plains", "The Outlaws")
George Marshall (segment "The Railroad")
Richard Thorpe (uncredited) (transitional historical sequences)
 
Writing credits
James R. Webb (written by) (suggested by the series "How the West Was Won" which appeared in LIFE magazine)

John Gay  uncredited

Produced by
Bernard Smith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (music)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis (art direction)
William Ferrari (art direction)
Addison Hehr (art direction)
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decoration)
Don Greenwood Jr. (set decoration)
Jack Mills (set decoration)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
Ron Talsky (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles by
William Tuttle .... makeup created by
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Henry Fonda/George Peppard (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Thomas Conroy .... production supervisor: for Cinerama
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Marshall Jr. .... assistant director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Richard Talmadge .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Overbeck .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Lester Swartz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special visual effects
Robert R. Hoag .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Rick Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunt double: Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Rusty Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Romito .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Autry Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... second unit photography
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... video technician (uncredited)
Pete G. Papanickolas .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Mike Henry .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... music associate
Robert Emmett Dolan .... music co-ordinator
Dave Guard .... folk singer
The Whiskeyhill Singers .... folk singer
Robert Armbruster .... associate conductor (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Ken Darby .... choir (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Dolan .... associate conductor (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: concertina (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich .... choral singer (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
164 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.89 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | Cinerama 7-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Canada:G | Chile:TE | Finland:K-16 | France:U | New Zealand:PG | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (1995) (2008) (uncut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (cut: by 2 secs) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (certificate #20143) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the few American films to have its world premiere in London, England.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: There is no explanation of why Sheriff Ramsey is fine in one scene and wearing a bandage on his forehead in the next, immediately following. (there was a deleted or unfilmed scene where Zeb knocked Ramsey out when the Sheriff tried to stop him from going after the train robbers).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[as the camera pans over the Rocky Mountains] This land has a name today, and is marked on maps. But, the names and the marks and the maps all had to be won, won from nature and from primitive man.
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George Peppard---How Many Dye Jobs Did He Have?
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61 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Awesome - American history on a grand scale, 16 September 2005
Author: trpdean from New York, New York

As a seven year old boy who adored history, I was brought by my mother to see this in Cinemascope on a huge screen. Anyone who has seen this can just imagine the impact.

There has always been a healthy dispute about what historical developments most influenced the outlook and behavior of Americans. Among the candidates are: i) the development of an entirely new world on distant shores - a world where the rules were there to be made as the Pilgrims/Puritans/Quakers and others determined, ii) the colonists' growing self-identity as Americans, the evolution of that separate identity, and these peoples' coordination and cooperation from 1607 to the Albany Union conference in 1759, the Stamp Act Congress in 1763 and the Second Continental Congress' decision to declare independence in 1776, iii) the workings of a multi-racial society due to the presence of aboriginal people and the importation of slaves, iv) the role of the frontier and settlement of a continually receding West, v) the enormity of immigration and their inter-action with the native-born from about the 1840s to the present, vi) the sheer size and diverse conditions of topography and climate, vii) the evolution of democracy over four centuries on a large scale, viii) the experience of modernization over the past century on a scale unknown to, and before, the rest of the world.

This movie in effect tells the fourth story - and tells it in a thrilling, colorful way -- from the 1840s when the frontier was still the Ohio Valley to about 1885 - not so long a time. (Contrast this with the 169 year colonial period).

The movie is stunning - beautifully cast - music you'll always remember - and many powerful and moving scenes. So many scenes live forever in my mind

- the return of the George Peppard character from the Civil War to his family's farmstead in Ohio,

-- the astonishing speech by the Richard Widmark character after the buffalo stampede has killed so many,

-- the wonderfully written emotional scenes whenever Debbie Reynolds was dealing with either Robert Preston's clumsy attempt at courtship ("why with hips like yours, having children would be as easy as rolling off a log") or her own love for the roguish Gregory Peck,

-- the George Peppard family (with the wonderful Carolyn Jones and Debbie Reynolds) singing Greensleaves as the movie nears its end,

-- and the astonishing scene of the West transformed into cloverleaf highways and overpasses after we've been watching a deserted West for several hours.

The pride in those who won the West is so evident throughout the movie - yet it's shown along with losses (the deep sadness of Henry Fonda's mountaineer at the continuing encroachment of civilization, the breach of the boundary set in an Indian treaty due to the railroad's need to set a straight course - and the resulting catastrophe).

Not too many years would pass before movie makers would be telling audiences that the settlement of the West was a triumph of vicious villains, charlatans, cynics and fast-buck artists in movies like McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Soldier Blue, Little Big Man, The Wild Bunch.

But I'm deeply grateful that I was old enough to see how the West was won in a movie like this.

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