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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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Director:
Writer:
Andrew J. Fenady (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THE LEGEND - John Wayne is "Chisum" See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
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User Reviews:
"No matter where people go, sooner or later, there's the law." See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Coleman .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Larry Bees .... title designer: main titles
Art Shinbo .... title designer: main titles
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jim Burk doubled for Forrest Tucker in part of the final fight scene.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: (at around 24 mins) When the camera shot changes to the group on the slope in front of the stream, on the opposite side of the stream a automobile can be seen briefly moving along a road up on the opposite slope.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Tunstall:John, I want to thank you for taking care of William.
John Simpson Chisum:[chuckles] No, not me, Sally.
Henry Tunstall:She's a wonderful girl, she's a worthwhile lamb.
John Simpson Chisum:Oh yeah, Henry, according to you, everybody's worthwhile.
Henry Tunstall:God's children, John. Oh, William reminds me of someone.
John Simpson Chisum:A black sheep in the family, no doubt.
Henry Tunstall:No, a young chap I never even talked to. Years ago in England this man very much like William killed a man in some senseless brawl. And I watched that young man walk to the gallows. And I saw him hang. Ghastly sight. There was nothing I could do to help that young lad.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Rundown (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ballad of John ChisumSee more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
"No matter where people go, sooner or later, there's the law.", 19 April 2008

McLaglen's western showcases Wayne as John Simpson Chisum, an historical figure who was the largest owner of land, of horses and cattle in New Mexico territory around 1878… The Pecos River runs through the middle of his land… He lets the water flow to all the ranches, big and small… If another man, with more appetite—like Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) owned that land— he'd control a territory bigger than most states and some countries… The story is based on the bloody Lincoln County cattle war…

Things come to 'one hell of a fight' when Murphy's men kill Chisum's friend Henry Tunstall, mentor to Billy the Kid, and have Alex McSween, manager of their general store, with Billy and some men, trapped in…

Forrest Tucker plays Chisum's enemy who really thinks himself skillful enough to 'own' the law…

Christopher George (Dan Nodeen) plays the half-crazy bounty hunter who gimps because of Billy the Kid…

Ben Johnson has one of the most impressive records of any supporting Westerner… He came here to support Chisum all the way…

Andrew V. McLaglen has built up a reputation as one of the most promising of post-war directors of Westerns, but has yet to fulfill that promise with a really major work…

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