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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

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Marian Starrett
Joe Starrett
Joey Starrett
Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)
Chris Calloway
Fred Lewis
Rufus Ryker
Stonewall Torrey
Axel 'Swede' Shipstead
Morgan Ryker
Mrs. Liz Torrey
Sam Grafton
John Miller ...
Will Atkey - Bartender
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Shipstead
Ernie Wright
Ray Spiker ...
Axel Johnson - Homesteader
Janice Carroll ...
Susan Lewis
Martin Mason ...
Ed Howells
Helen Brown ...
Martha Lewis
Mrs. Howells
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ewing Miles Brown ...
Ryker Man (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ...
Ryker Man (uncredited)
William Dyer Jr. ...
Homesteader (uncredited)
Ryker Man (uncredited)
Alana Ladd ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
Little Boy (uncredited)
Ryker Man (uncredited)
Rex Moore ...
Ryker Man (uncredited)
Yank Potts (uncredited)
Charles Quirk ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Ryker Man (uncredited)
William Simonds ...
Homesteader (uncredited)
Kathy Stainbrook ...
Lewis Child (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ...
Ryker Man (uncredited)
Knock Him Into That Pigpen, Chris! (uncredited) (voice)
Jo Ann Thompson ...
Lewis Child (uncredited)
Ruth Lewis (uncredited)
Ryker Man (uncredited)
David Wyatt ...
Homesteader Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

George Stevens

Written by

A.B. Guthrie Jr. ... (screenplay)
Jack Sher ... (additional dialogue)
Jack Schaefer ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

Ivan Moffat ... associate producer
George Stevens ... producer

Music by

Victor Young ... (music score)

Cinematography by

Loyal Griggs ... director of photography

Film Editing by

William Hornbeck
Tom McAdoo

Art Direction by

Hal Pereira
Walter H. Tyler ... (as Walter Tyler)

Set Decoration by

Emile Kuri

Costume Design by

Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

John R. Coonan ... assistant director (as John Coonan)

Sound Department

Gene Garvin ... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects


Paul Baxley ... stunt double (uncredited)
Wayne Burson ... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... stunt double: Alan Ladd (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... stunts (uncredited)
Gretchen Steinbrook ... double: Beverly Washburn (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Irmin Roberts ... second unit photography
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)

Music Department

Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
John C. Hammell ... music editor (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

Joe De Yong ... technical advisor (as Joe DeYong)
Fred Guiol ... associate director
Howie Horwitz ... assistant to the producer
Richard Mueller ... Technicolor color consultant
Charles Morton ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... hand double: Alan Ladd (uncredited)
Gretchen Steinbrook ... stand-in: Beverly Washburn (uncredited)
George Stevens Jr. ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. Written by Ed Stephan

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Taglines The Greatest Story Of the West Ever Filmed [re-release] See more »
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Also Known As
  • George Stevens' Production of Shane (United States)
  • George Stevens' Production of Shane (United Kingdom)
  • L'homme des vallées perdues (France)
  • Mein großer Freund Shane (Germany)
  • Raíces profundas (Spain)
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  • 118 min
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Budget $3,100,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia In the funeral scene, the dog consistently refused to look into the grave. Finally, director George Stevens had the dog's trainer lie down in the bottom of the grave, and the dog played his part ably. The coffin (loaded with rocks for appropriate effect) was then lowered into the grave, but when the harmonica player began to play "Taps" spontaneously, the crew was so moved by the scene that they began shoveling dirt into the grave before remembering the dog's trainer was still there. See more »
Goofs In the opening scene when Shane rides a horse down the hill, Teton Pass Highway is visible in the background. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Go West, Young Man! (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Abide With Me See more »
Crazy Credits Introducing Brandon De Wilde See more »
Quotes Shane: I gotta be going on.
Joey: Why, Shane?
Shane: A man has to be what he is, Joey. Can't break the mould. I tried it and it didn't work for me.
Joey: We want you, Shane.
Shane: Joey, there's no living with... with a killing. There's no going back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand. A brand sticks. There's no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her... tell her everything's all right. And there aren't any more guns in the valley.
Joey: Shane...
[Joey notices that Shane is wounded]
Joey: It's bloody! You're hurt!
Shane: [Shane starts to stroke Joey's hair ] I'm all right, Joey. You go home to your mother and father and grow up to be strong and straight. And, Joey... take care of them, both of them.
Joey: Yes, Shane.
[Shane rides off]
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