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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 22 April 1962 (USA)
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

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When Senator Ransom Stoddard returns home to Shinbone for the funeral of Tom Doniphon, he recounts to a local newspaper editor the story behind it all. He had come to town many years before, a lawyer by profession. The stage was robbed on its way in by the local ruffian, Liberty Valance, and Stoddard has nothing to his name left save a few law books. He gets a job in the kitchen at the Ericson's restaurant and there meets his future wife, Hallie. The territory is vying for Statehood and Stoddard is selected as a representative over Valance, who continues terrorizing the town. When he destroys the local newspaper office and attacks the editor, Stoddard calls him out, though the conclusion is not quite as straightforward as legend would have it. Written by garykmcd

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Together For The First Time - James Stewart - John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford See more »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Print the Legend, a phrase taken from the movie's famous quote, is the title of a crime novel by Craig McDonald about the death of Ernest Hemingway, a study of photography in the American West, and, of course, a book about John Ford by Scott Eyman. The phrase is often invoked in any writing or discussion about a person or event whose fame has surpassed the base realities. See more »

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Dutton Peabody was a little lax in his typesetting. The SHINEBONE STAR newspaper Rance Stoddard complimented Peabody on ("Cattlemen Fight Statehood") was VOL XXX, No. 42. Then many weeks (or months) later at the election of delegates Liberty Valance picks up a newspaper ("Two Homesteaders Killed By Liberty Valance and Gang") which also carries the same VOL. XXX, No 42. See more »

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Ransom Stoddard: [descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch] Thanks, Jason. On time.
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Two towering box office stars of the time in a huge exciting production
18 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This prestigious film narrated in flashback is realized by a master filmmaker like John Ford does what he knows best,like making the classic ¨Stagecoach¨or the masterpieces ¨Wagonmaster¨or ¨Fort Apache¨or ¨The searchers¨that reflected the conscience and the anger of the West time or the immortal blend of tenderness and power in ¨They wore yellow ribbon¨ and another;as he gained a quarter of Academy Awards in the process.Besides this movie is bringing America's frontier to heroic life filmed against a breathtaking sweep of sky,sand and mountain and brings two great stars(Wayne,Stewart) together for the first time in a heroic epic about winning of the West to enact the most powerful scenes that ever came out the West.It's a story enormous in scope,unusual in concept ,is incomparably played by the greatest team who ever went into action.

Trigger-taut drama of the strangest alliance between the West's most honest advocate and a fast gun he-man but confronted for a woman's heart(Vera Miles).The film deals about the progress civilization and the oblivion to whom made it.From the James Warner Bella and Willis Goldbeck(producer)screenplay comes the story of the day the West will never forget ,the day what the attorney at law Ramson Stoddard(Stewart) carried a gun and he will say:it's a cold-blooded murder but I can live with it. John Wayne as Tom Doniphon plays the usual role as tough and valiant action man by means the force ,beyond the law ,he achieves the democratic liberty in Shinbone town .Villanous Lee Marvin as the nastiest gunfighter and his henchmen(Lee Van Cleef and Strother Martin)are supported by the cattleman and rich owners confronting for the open range against the homesteaders .The movie is ensemble by a magnificent supporting cast as Andy Devine as the coward and ridiculous sheriff,the drunk journalist Edmond O'Brien,Jeanette Nolan,John Carradine,John Qualen... This picture is considered an American classic and is one of the greatest Western motion picture.


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