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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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Andrew J. Fenady (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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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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Wayne Rides Again 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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Runtime:
111 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

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Trivia:
John Wayne's son, Patrick Wayne played Pat Garrett in Young Guns (1988), another movie about the Lincoln County Wars of 1878.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Pepper's facial hair changes and is sometimes gone throughout the film.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Brady:[after Garrett busts in a card game] I sure left Garrett holding the short end. Big Casino.
[laughs]
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 »
Soundtrack:
Turn Me AroundSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Wayne Rides Again, 7 August 2005
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

For those of us who love him, there's something about a John Wayne movie that kind of makes it immune to criticism. You can fault his no-frills acting style, the pious patriotism, the oft-uneven supporting cast, the predictable fight scenes, But even a lesser Wayne film still has John Wayne, and for his fans, that's nine-tenths of the battle in determining whether it's a good film.

"Chisum" is not going to convert non-Duke fans. On its own merits it's a serviceable western with good action sequences, some incredible vistas of the Mexican countryside (supposed to be Lincoln County, New Mexico) by cinematographer William H. Clothier, and an interesting if not always coherent storyline that places Wayne's title character, John Chisum, as more of a remote icon than active player in the proceedings, especially in its second half. Much of the film focuses on young William Bonney (Geoffrey Deuel), a former gunman better known as Billy the Kid now trying to live "clean and forward, all the way" with the help of a fatherly rancher named Tunstall (Patric Knowles, Will Scarlet to Errol Flynn's Robin Hood some 32 years before).

Geoffrey Deuel didn't go on to much of a career after this, and it's not hard seeing why. In "Chisum" his shallow characterization exudes no visible menace even after Bonney, well-provoked though not well-reasoned, turns against the law. I'm not sure how much of it was Deuel's fault. The script works against him, setting Bonney up as a decent, humble guy to the point of boringness, and director Andrew V. McLaglen only adds to the emasculation by showcasing Deuel's shy smile and his character's rote romancing of Chisum's niece. One scene freezes on Bonney holding a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other. I don't think Marlon Brando could have acted his way out of Deuel's bind.

Other actors come off better, especially Forrest Tucker as the chief heavy, Lawrence Murphy, who showcases an affable menace that makes him a good foil to Wayne's straightforward Chisum; Glenn Corbett, who plays drifting gambler Pat Garrett, hard but decent, who joins Chisum and befriends young Bonney until he turns into The Kid again; and Christopher George, whose Dan Nodeen is a nasty bounty hunter obsessed with killing the Kid. One nice thing about this film is seeing these actors, all best known for TV series work, stretching out beyond their popular identities of the period. George makes the strongest impression as the cold-eyed Nodeen.

"You just had to kill him," asks a sheriff when Nodeen brings in the body of a wanted man.

"No, less trouble that way," Nodeen replies.

Ben Johnson and Richard Jaeckel also have their moments as companions to Chisum and Murphy respectively, as does Andrew Prine as a lawyer who switches sides halfway through. There are many other performances, too, most good and all detracting somewhat from Wayne at the center, though Chisum does assert himself from time to time.

"Chisum" may be too busy a film that way, with too rambling a focus even when its on Wayne. There's one scene where Chisum looks after an old Commanche chief which should have been cut, while others need trims. But director McLaglen keeps a firm rein on things most of the time, and the story does move. His mentor was John Ford, but while McLaglen lacked Ford's nuance and depth, he was better at delivering action sequences, both in terms of frequency and originality. "Chisum" gives you plenty of action, none better than the final battle at the Lincoln general store between Billy and the baddies with Chisum riding to the rescue.

The first time I saw "Chisum," I was stuck at a sleepaway camp and hating life in general. Something about seeing John Wayne on a horse made the world seem right again, even if the film was kind of hokey with that silly title music and all. Years later, I still relish this film, in some ways more than I did then, despite its flaws. "Chisum" is not a showcase for Wayne's greatness, like "The Searchers" or "Rio Bravo," but it's a nice film to have around for those of us who don't need him justifying our love every time out.

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