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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 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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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,421,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,325,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,825,000, 31 December 1960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was a remake of Cimarron (1931), which was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Amazingly, no other Western had won an Oscar for Best Picture by the time this remake had been released, and it would almost be 60 years before another Western was to win, Dances with Wolves (1990). See more »

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During the land rush, several men lasso an Indian driving a wagon and the rope is shown tightening around his neck as they pull him off. In the next scene, they are shown dragging him on the ground, but the rope is now around his waist. 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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Spectacular and colorful chronicle of frontier in Oklahoma about an adventurer and his wife between 1890-1915
18 December 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Edna Feber's saga about newspaper editor and his reluctant wife settle in an Oklahoma boom town along with his fiery ex-girlfriend at the end of the nineteenth century . The picture has an 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. As when the government opens up the Oklahoma territory for settlement, restless Yancey Cravat (Glenn Ford) claims a plot of the free land for himself and moves his family there from Wichita. A newspaperman, lawyer, and just about everything else, Cravat soon becomes a leading citizen of the boom town of Osage. Once the town is established, however, he begins to feel confined once again, and heads for the Cherokee Strip, leaving his family behind. During this and other absences, his wife Sabra (Maria Schell) must learn to take care of herself and soon becomes prominent in her own right.

This impressive epic/historic Western contains thrills , action , shootouts and soap opera . The picture deals with historical deeds as forty years of social and urban progress in American life from 1889-1929 ; the effects of empire building and the Way West are seen through the life of a progressive newspaper editor/lawyer in Oklahoma, and the wife who resents his longing for the excitement of the frontier in the years after the Oklahoma land rush. It results to be a remake to ¨Cimarron¨ (1931) that had Oscar Winner for best picture and best screenplay , being directed by Wesley Ruggles with Richard Dix , Irene Dunne and Estelle Taylor . Yancey Cravat, the character well played by Glenn Ford, was based on real-life lawyer and gunfighter Temple Houston - the son of Sam Houston, who was portrayed in Man of conquest (1939) starred by Richard Dix and upon whom the 1960s western TV series Temple Houston (1963) was based . Nice acting by Anne Baxter , in her memoir "Intermission," Anne Baxter hints that Ford and Schell had become very close during production, but by the time the movie premiered in Oklahoma, the two were not speaking to each other . Secondary cast is frankly excellent , with plenty of familiar faces such as Arthur O'Connell , Russ Tamblyn , Mercedes McCambridge , Vic Morrow ,Robert Keith , Charles McGraw , Harry Morgan, David Opatoshu , Vladimir Sokoloff , Mary Wickes , Edgar Buchanan , L.Q. Jones , Royal Dano and special mention to veteran Aline MacMahon

Overwhelming production design by George W. Davis , among others ; in fact , the land rush scene took a long time to film, using thousands extras, several cameramen, still photographers and a lot of camera assistants . Colorful and evocative cinematography in Cinemascope by Robert Surtees , a magnificent cameraman expert on super-productions . Rousing and breathtaking musical score by classic composer Franz Waxman . This sprawling ¨Soaper¨ picture was lavishly produced by Edmund Grangier and professionally directed by Anthony Mann , though this director was fired near the end of filming and replaced by Charles Walters . Rating : 6 . Decent epic western though overlong and some moments turns out to be indifferent and boring , but it is still worthwhile watching .


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