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Chisum (1970)

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Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.

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Andrew V. McLaglen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Geoffrey Deuel ... Billy 'The Kid' Bonney
Pamela McMyler ... Sallie Chisum
John Agar ... Amos Patton
Lloyd Battista ... Neemo
Robert Donner ... Bradley Morton
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Storyline

As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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THE LEGEND - John Wayne is "Chisum" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne was very disappointed that his stunt double was so obvious in the final fight with Forrest Tucker. See more »

Goofs

Multiple torches are thrown at the bank / dry goods store, each of which is blown out before it hits the building. Also, none of the torches can be seen going through a window, yet the places catches fire. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Murphy: And you good people witnessed the cowardly and cold-blooded murder of our beloved Sheriff Brady by Billy "the Kid" Bonney right over there. Governor Axtell has appointed a new sheriff, Dan Nodeen. He's offered a $200 award for the kid, and I'm adding a further reward of $1,000, dead or alive.
[Crowd murmurs "$1200"]
Lawrence Murphy: Sheriff here has formed his posse. Oh... Have you got anything you want to add to that, Sheriff?
Dan Nodeen: Just this. I'm going to bring Bonney in. Now you people can either help me, or stay ...
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Connections

Referenced in John Wayne and Chisum (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of John Chisum
Performed by William Conrad (uncredited)
Lyrics by Andrew J. Fenady Music by Dominic Frontiere
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"No matter where people go, sooner or later, there's the law."
19 April 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

McLaglen's western showcases Wayne as John Simpson Chisum, an historical figure who was the largest owner of land, of horses and cattle in New Mexico territory around 1878… The Pecos River runs through the middle of his land… He lets the water flow to all the ranches, big and small… If another man, with more appetite—like Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) owned that land— he'd control a territory bigger than most states and some countries… The story is based on the bloody Lincoln County cattle war…

Things come to 'one hell of a fight' when Murphy's men kill Chisum's friend Henry Tunstall, mentor to Billy the Kid, and have Alex McSween, manager of their general store, with Billy and some men, trapped in…

Forrest Tucker plays Chisum's enemy who really thinks himself skillful enough to 'own' the law…

Christopher George (Dan Nodeen) plays the half-crazy bounty hunter who gimps because of Billy the Kid…

Ben Johnson has one of the most impressive records of any supporting Westerner… He came here to support Chisum all the way…

Andrew V. McLaglen has built up a reputation as one of the most promising of post-war directors of Westerns, but has yet to fulfill that promise with a really major work…


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