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Cimarron (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 22 January 1961 (Japan)
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The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier adventurer, his wife and family and their friends.

Directors:

Anthony Mann, Charles Walters (uncredited)

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Edna Ferber (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Yancey 'Cimarron' Cravat
Maria Schell ... Sabra Cravat
Anne Baxter ... Dixie Lee
Arthur O'Connell ... Tom Wyatt
Russ Tamblyn ... William Hardy / The Cherokee Kid
Mercedes McCambridge ... Mrs. Sarah Wyatt
Vic Morrow ... Wes Jennings
Robert Keith ... Sam Pegler
Charles McGraw ... Bob Yountis
Harry Morgan ... Jesse Rickey (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
David Opatoshu ... Sol Levy
Aline MacMahon ... Mrs. Mavis Pegler
Lili Darvas ... Felicia Venable
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Neal Hefner
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Neal Hefner
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Storyline

The epic saga of a frontier family, Cimarron starts with the Oklahoma Land Rush on 22 April 1889. The Cravet family builds their newspaper Oklahoma Wigwam into a business empire and Yancey Cravet is the adventurer-idealist who, to his wife's anger, spurns the opportunity to become governor since this means helping to defraud the native Americans of their land and resources. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Story of a VAST and VIOLENT LAND! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Edna Ferber's Cimarron See more »

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Budget:

$5,421,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Anthony Mann was fired near the end of filming and replaced by Charles Walters. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jessie Rickey is using a letterpress to print "wanted" posters of the Cherokee Kid and his gang, even though he handed a "fresh" copy to Yancey Cravat, he is running the press dry which would yield no printed impressions - on letterpresses of that type, ink would be applied to the lead type with a roller before the paper is laid down to be run through the press. Plus, he is taking the finished copies off and without looking placing them face down - any printer worth his salt would inspect every print for quality before setting it aside. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: At high noon April 22, 1889 a section of the last unsettled territories in America was to be given free to the first people who claimed it. They came from the north and they came from the south and they came from across the sea. In just one day an entire territory would be settled. A new state would be born. They called it Oklahoma. See more »

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Cimarron
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Franz Waxman
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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An epic Western but the story is just a little slow
8 July 2008 | by rooster_davisSee all my reviews

There is no mistaking the fact that Cimarron is an epic of a movie. Lots of big scenes and scenery, from land rush scenes to a New Years Eve ball. This certainly was not a cheaply made film. The story is about a man and woman who start out making their way in the new frontier and end up with distance between them because they look at things differently. It's not a bad movie by any stretch, and perhaps it is one of those movies that you really appreciate more after you've seen it and given it some time to sink in. Glenn Ford is a favorite of mine and all the other roles are well-played by the rest of the cast. While the story takes place in the Old West it's not so much a Western as a family drama that took place back then. (Don't worry, there are some fights and gun scenes, but that is not the focus of the story.)

I hope it doesn't sound sexist but I can tell when something was written by a woman, as I understand was the case for the book on which this movie is based. Maybe that's why there was less violence than might otherwise have been. Hey, I like a good violent western, okay? Russ Tamblyn was a standout in a rather minor role, playing the son of a friend of Glenn Ford's. On his own from an early age he's drifting into trouble and rebuffs Ford's attempts to help him make something of himself. I thought it was one of the better roles I've seen him play - he made a very convincing young 'whiskey bellied saddle tramp' as Ford called him.

I'll give this movie a six simply because the story warmed up but never got up to operating temperature, at least not for me. And hey, I want one of those hats like Glenn Ford wore back from being with the Rough Riders!


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