MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,284 this week

Chisum (1970)

 -  Biography | Western  -  29 July 1970 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 5,197 users  
Reviews: 44 user | 17 critic

Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 07 Oct 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Chisum" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chisum (1970)

Chisum (1970) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chisum.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor
Big Jake (1971)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is ... See full summary »

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne
Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara
Rio Lobo (1970)
Adventure | Western | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill
The Cowboys (1972)
Certificate: GP Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Antonio Aguilar
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer
McQ (1974)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur
Action | Western | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne
Stars: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down the killers of her father.

Director: Stuart Millar
Stars: John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Zerbe
Brannigan (1975)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jim Brannigan is sent to London to bring back an American mobster who is being held for extradition but when he arrives he has been kidnapped which was set up by his lawyer. Brannigan in ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Hickox
Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson
The War Wagon (1967)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Taw Jackson returns from prison having survived being shot, to the ranch and gold that Frank Pierce stole from him. Jackson makes a deal with Lomax, the man who shot him 5 years ago to join... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel
Hellfighters (1968)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Jim Hutton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Henry Tunstall
...
Jess Evans
...
Sue McSween (as Lynda Day)
Geoffrey Deuel ...
Pamela McMyler ...
Sallie Chisum
...
Amos Patton
Lloyd Battista ...
Neemo
...
Bradley Morton
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE LEGEND - John Wayne is "Chisum" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 July 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War  »

Box Office

Gross:

$6,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Abraham Sofaer. See more »

Goofs

Tunstall and Billy Bonney are standing by their horses and talking to Jess Evans, who has just ridden in to town. In three consecutive shots of the scene, Tunstall alternately has his pipe in his mouth, after which it is gone, and then re-appears. See more »

Quotes

Jess Evans: That man there, he's meaner than a gut shot grizzly.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Jake (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn Me Around
Performed by Merle Haggard
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Dominic Frontiere
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Amazingly close to history
21 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first few times I saw this movie, I hadn't read the history of the Lincoln County Land Wars.

However, in recent years, with the convenience of the internet at hand, I read the histories along with watching the movie. Compared to the amount of factual change that most movies based on a history put on film, this movie is not far from being spot on.

In fact, the amount of direct action that John Wayne's character, Chisum, took in the film, is probably the element that is the most out of place.

Billy the Kid really did work for an English rancher involved in the dispute. His boss really did fund a rival general store with a lawyer. Both the English rancher and the lawyer were murdered by the faction controlled by the rival general store.

Billy the Kid really did get his outlaw career kicked off in seeking vengeance for his boss and mentor's murder. Pat Garret really was supported for sheriff by John Chisum, who somehow managed to stay out of the thick of the feuding even though his use of huge tracts of public grazing land was part of the heart of the dispute.

So history buffs can safely enjoy this movie knowing that history is just bent a little, and not ripped completely asunder as the case would be with most movies. LOL That said, this is a very entertaining western. John Wayne is on top of his game as a cattle baron, and the supporting cast does a fine job. It includes a bit of everything: rustling, gunfights, stampedes, crooked sheriffs, greedy bad guys, heroic good guys. It has more plot surprises than the normal western (and that is precisely because it kills off certain characters approximately when and how they died in the real events).

All in all, an enjoyable and surprisingly informative film about a real "old west" feud.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Young Guns callmeinfo
Chisum, John Chisum h_el_o
Unmentioned Goof (Very funny to watch) bdwilcox
Chisum dadjohnfj
Opening Credits Mystery? swkelly
A Personal Opinion dsnyder1
Discuss Chisum (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?