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How the West Was Won -- Academy Award-winning epic follows the trials and tribulations of three generations of a frontier family as they embark to tame the wild American West.

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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 »
User Reviews:
Awesome epic Western with giant cast , gorgeous photography and wonderful scenarios See more (138 total) »

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)
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)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Sargent Murphy (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)

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 
 
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 
William Ferrari 
Addison Hehr 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Don Greenwood Jr. 
Jack Mills 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
Ron Talsky (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
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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Language:
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 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | New Zealand:PG | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 (cut) | 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:
Russ Tamblyn and Bryan Russell also appear on the other 1962 Cinerama film The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The Prescotts were shown traveling west on the Erie Canal, then floating on a raft through Ohio (where Eve Prescott settled). The Erie Canal led to Buffalo, then via the Great Lakes, bypassing Ohio.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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Movie Connections:
Edited from This Is Cinerama (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Poor Wayfarin' StrangerSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Awesome epic Western with giant cast , gorgeous photography and wonderful scenarios, 3 April 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Turbulent and mighty story about a family saga set against the background of wars and historical deeds ; covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush , the Civil War, , Pony Express , Telegraph , confrontation between cattlemen and homesteaders . And of course , the building of the railroads and career between Union Pacific and Central Pacific to arrive in Promontory Point ; among other epic events . As a family of Western settlers from the 1830s to the 1880s , beginning with their voyage on The Eerie Canal and going on to encompass a Civil War battle and other happenings .

The picture gets great action , expansive Western settings , shootouts , love stories , it is quite entertaining and there some some scenes still rate with the best of the West , including marvelous moments along the way . It efficiently describes an attractive panoramic view of the American Western focusing on the tribulations , trials and travels of three generations of a family . It's a big budget film with good actors , technicians, production values and pleasing results . Awesome as well as spectacular scenes such as an exciting white-water rafting sequence , a train robbery , a thundering buffalo stampede and Indian attacks . The Civil War is the shortest part and the weakest including a brief acting by John Wayne as General Sheridan and Harry Morgan as General Ulysses S Grant . Particularly supreme for its all-star cast list with some actors epitomising the spirit of the early West , at least as Hollywood saw it , including a Mountain man as James Stewart , a rogue card player , Gregory Peck , and Debbie Reynolds is notable here as a gorgeous dancer seeking fame and fortune . Not many of the players have a chance to register as a bearded Henry Fonda as a scout , Walter Brennan , Lee Van Cleef , Agnes Moorehead , Ken Curtis , Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln , Agnes Moorehead , Thelma Ritter , Mickey Shaughnessy , Russ Tamblyn and an interminable list ,

Impressive cinematography filmed in Cinerama, and photographed in splendorous Metrocolor , though it loses much of its breathtaking visual impact on TV but otherwise holds up pretty well . All four cinematographers were Oscar-winners such as William H. Daniels , Milton R. Krasner , Milton Krasner , Charles Lang Jr and Joseph LaShelle . Rousing musical score by the classical Alfred Newman , including an immortal leitmotif . The motion picture was spectacularly directed by three veteran filmmakers , they were enlisted by producer Bernard Smith to handle the multi-part frontier stories relating exciting exploits of an ordinary family . Of the five segments, Henry Hathaway directed "The Rivers", "The Plains" and "The Outlaws", John Ford directed "The Civil War" and George Marshall did "The Railroad". Some uncredited work was done by Richard Thorpe. The picture won Oscar 63 to Film editing , Sound , Story and Screenplay . Rating : Extraordinary film , essential and indispensable watching . It's a magnificent example of the kind of old-fashioned blockbuster just don't make anymore .

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