Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
When Senator Ransom Stoddard returns home to Shinbone for the funeral of Tom Doniphon, he recounts to a local newspaper editor the story behind it all. He had come to town many years before, a lawyer by profession. The stage was robbed on its way in by the local ruffian, Liberty Valance, and Stoddard has nothing to his name left save a few law books. He gets a job in the kitchen at the Ericson's restaurant and there meets his future wife, Hallie. The territory is vying for Statehood and Stoddard is selected as a representative over Valance, who continues terrorizing the town. When he destroys the local newspaper office and attacks the editor, Stoddard calls him out, though the conclusion is not quite as straightforward as legend would have it.Written by
In the saloon scene just after Valance is shot , when Doniphon throws Valance's henchman Floyd out the door, Floyd's hat comes off when picked up by Doniphon but magically appears back on his head when he's exiting the saloon. See more »
[descending from railway carriage and consulting pocket watch]
Thanks, Jason. On time.
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"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" has long been one of my favorite movies, regardless of genre, and as I grow older, I appreciate the film even more. A great script, a great story and, if possible, even better acting combine to make this truly a piece of Americana. I cannot imagine a film more accurately reflecting the rough and tumble times of the Old West, depicting a territory's struggle to move forward as a society and as a people. Lee Marvin's performance as Liberty Valance is nothing short of brilliant and I have long thought John Wayne's role as Tom Doniphon was his true shining moment as an actor. People tend to stereotype The Duke, claiming that he only ever played himself. While there may be some truth to that in some of his films, he proved himself to be a great actor, too, in movies like "Liberty Valance" and "The Searchers", to name but two. With a sterling supporting cast, the fine direction of John Ford and a tremendous story, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" is, in my humble opinion, a cinematic masterpiece.
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