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Chisum (1970)

 -  Biography | Western  -  29 July 1970 (USA)
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Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.

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Storyline

As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Biography | Western

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29 July 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While in production on this film in Mexico, John Wayne won the Golden Globe and found out he was nominated for the Oscar for True Grit (1969). See more »

Goofs

At 11:20 two workmen on ladders knock down the sign to Amos Patton's General Store. Chisum and Pepper ride up to talk ton Patton, who's getting into his wagon which is stopped just under the sign is back up. In addition, the work men are down the sidewalk, behind the wagon, with one climbing down a ladder. As Chisum and Patton talk, the workmen come up with their ladders and set them up, climb up and take down the sign again. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Brady: [after Garrett busts in a card game] I sure left Garrett holding the short end. Big Casino.
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Lawrence Murphy: I'm not so sure you won that game.
Sheriff Brady: Sure I did.
Lawrence Murphy: Yeah. Sure you did.
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Referenced in Big Jake (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of John Chisum
Performed by William Conrad
Lyrics by Andrew J. Fenady
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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Odd, but good Western
31 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

The odd thing about this western is that it has the notorious murderer, Billy the Kid, as a good-guy vigilante. This break in history adds some questionable moments in the film. Also the movie relies heavily on The Kid character, more so than does the character of John Chisum(Wayne). This aside, it is still a great film, as John Wayne plays the traditional role of Justice vs. Tyranny. Forrest plays the role of "the villain you love to hate" completely, but does not over do it. One of the most memorable lines of the show is the confrontation of the "Duke" and the town boss. The town boss had relied on a puppet sheriff, as well as a weak governor to promote his control of the town. When Chisum confronts the boss, he mentions,(something to this effect) [When you try to take over my land], "...I won't call the Rangers, I won't call the Governor, I won't send a letter to the President, I come after you myself!" Traditional line of the Duke, but never so passionately delivered. This scene alone makes the movie worthwhile. It also has the traditional western action, but don't be surprised if you question yourself at the end, "Was I actually rooting for Billy the Kid?


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