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Chisum -- John Wayne heads a colorful cast in the epic tale of a legendary rancher who built an empire and has to face off with a civilized, smooth-talking land grabber to protect his spread.
Chisum -- Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.


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Release Date:
29 July 1970 (USA) See more »
THE LEGEND - John Wayne is "Chisum" See more »
Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Chisum Meets Billy `The Kid' See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Chisum

Forrest Tucker ... Lawrence Murphy

Christopher George ... Dan Nodeen

Ben Johnson ... James Pepper

Glenn Corbett ... Pat Garrett

Andrew Prine ... Alex McSween

Bruce Cabot ... Sheriff Brady

Patric Knowles ... Henry Tunstall

Richard Jaeckel ... Jess Evans

Lynda Day George ... Sue McSween (as Lynda Day)
Geoffrey Deuel ... Billy 'The Kid' Bonney

Pamela McMyler ... Sallie Chisum

John Agar ... Amos Patton
Lloyd Battista ... Neemo

Robert Donner ... Bradley Morton

Ray Teal ... Justice J.B. Wilson
Edward Faulkner ... James J. Dolan
Ron Soble ... Charley Bowdre
John Mitchum ... Baker
Glenn Langan ... Colonel Nathan Dudley
Alan Baxter ... Gov. Sam Axtell
Alberto Morin ... Juan Delgado
William Bryant ... Jeff - Head Wrangler

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Ben (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)

Christopher Mitchum ... Tom O'Folliard
John Pickard ... Sgt. Braddock

Abraham Sofaer ... Chief White Buffalo
Gregg Palmer ... Karl Riker

Hank Worden ... Stationmaster Elwood

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Mexican Rancher
Jim Burk ... Trace - Wrangler
Eddy Donno ... Cass
Bob Morgan ... Pegleg on Street
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William Conrad ... Narrator - Opening Credits (voice) (uncredited)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... Governor's Aide (uncredited)
Ron Fletcher ... Doctor (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ... Boy on Town (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Minister (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Wrangler (uncredited)

Josh McLaglen ... Young Boy Loading Wagon (uncredited)

Mary McLaglen ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Trail Herder (uncredited)
José Torvay ... Mexican Blacksmith (uncredited)
Trinidad Villa ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
Andrew J. Fenady (written by)

Andrew J. Fenady  story "Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War" (uncredited)

Produced by
Andrew J. Fenady .... producer
Michael Wayne .... executive producer (as Michael A. Wayne)
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... unit production manager
Joel Chernoff .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred R. Simpson .... assistant director
Emilio Fernández .... second unit director (uncredited)
Harry S. Franklin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Nayfack .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... property
Russ Vickers .... artist: paintings
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein .... drapery (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Ferguson .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Dick Bullock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Feazell .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Sutton .... stills
Richard Barth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Carl Gibson .... key grip (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frederic J. Smith .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James V. Vajana .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe
Michael J. Harte .... wardrobe (as Michael Harte)
Music Department
Sonny Burke .... music supervisor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Coleman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Larry Bees .... main titles designed by
Art Shinbo .... main titles designed by
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | Finland:K-12 (original rating) | France:U | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 (theatrical rating: 1970) | Singapore:PG | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1999) | USA:G (MPAA rating: certifcate #22221) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Jim Burk doubled for Forrest Tucker in part of the final fight scene.See more »
Factual errors: Lawrence Murphy was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March, 1877. He sold his interest in the company to his partners, Dolan and Riley. The company was renamed Jas. J. Dolan & Co. Murphy was in Santa Fe during most of the Lincoln County War. He died of the cancer on Oct. 20, 1878.See more »
Sheriff Brady:[after Garrett busts in a card game] I sure left Garrett holding the short end. Big Casino.
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV)See more »
Ballad of John ChisumSee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
John Chisum Meets Billy `The Kid', 1 November 2003
Author: AzRanger from The Rincon Mesa, Arizona

As much as I like this movie…

…what its storyline does, especially as it gets further along, is simply to re-tell the story of Billy `The Kid' Bonney. It supposed to take place after Chisum has made that famous cattle-drive and shows the start of the Lincoln County war. Towards the end, the battle between Chisum and Murphy (the war) is completely set aside and we end up seeing all the same things happen to Billy that we've already seen in all the other movies about him, i.e., his relationship with Tunstall, meeting Pat Garrett and becoming friends (at first, then their falling out, well, kinda), him getting revenge on everybody, and the ol' shootout at McSween's store. The movie alters history in some interesting ways, though, like instead of the U.S. Army helping the sheriff (a fictitious character that replaces Brady) during the McSween's store shootout, Chisum becomes the cavalry and he and Pat Garrett help Billy out. The movie ends rather abruptly, never letting us know what happens to Chisum, Billy or the Lincoln County war.

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