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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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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:
The Way It Should Have Been 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Film debut of Geoffrey Deuel.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the fight scene at the end between Chisum and Murphy, there is a shot from the back of Murphy showing the seat of his pants have split.See more »
Quotes:
Billy the Kid:I made you a promise, Mr. Tunstall. Now I'm making myself a promise. It says in the Bible, "The candle of the wicked shall be put out."See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ballad of John ChisumSee more »

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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The Way It Should Have Been, 9 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Over the course of his career John Wayne played a few real life characters. Coming immediately to mind are Davy Crockett, William T. Sherman, Frank "Spig" Wead, Genghis Khan and some others with pseudonyms for William F. Halsey and John Grierson. Playing these people would normally impose certain restrictions on an actor who's as larger than life as John Wayne.

But it certainly didn't with playing John Simpson Chisum, New Mexico cattle baron and key player in what has become known in history as the Lincoln County War. Of course the politics involved were a bit more complex than what you would see here. And a whole lot of liberties have been taken with the facts. One of the biggest is the fact that both Chisum and his rival L.G. Murphy died in bed and quite soon after the action of this film.

But if Maxwell Anderson could take liberties and have Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England meet, then why can't we have Chisum and Murphy meeting in a final confrontation? After all it's a John Wayne movie and John Wayne movies can only go in a certain way.

The Duke plays Chisum as the Duke, no more, no less. He and other ranchers are being squeezed by a greedy rapacious businessman in L.G. Murphy as played by Forrest Tucker. Others in the cast worthy of note are Patric Knowles as Henry Tunstall, Glenn Corbett as Pat Garrett, Geoffrey Deuel as Billy the Kid, and Christopher George as Dirty Dan Nodeen.

Chisum has in its cast a whole host of familiar Hollywood faces from the past like Bruce Cabot, Ben Johnson, Hank Worden, Edward Faulkner, all Wayne film regulars. It also has the presence of both Glenn Langan and John Agar.

One of the really great things about John Wayne was the way he took care of people, not as charity cases, but giving them parts in his films when they were down. John Agar and Glenn Langan have small roles in Chisum and both were not doing too good at the time. Agar was Shirley Temple's first husband and made a screen debut in Fort Apache. Langan was a promising contract player with 20th Century Fox in the late forties and is best known for being the Amazing Colossal Man. Both were I'm sure grateful for the work and the paycheck. I remember in McLintock Wayne says to his son Patrick who's looking for a job that he doesn't give jobs, he hires men. That was something in real life he lived up to.

The Lincoln County War has been told in any number of westerns right up to the two Young Guns movies of the Eighties. Chisum is not the best or the worst retelling of the tale. But it is a good John Wayne western and that takes in a lot of territory pilgrim.

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