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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 ... 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

Michael Wayne, executive producer, took on the project because he felt the story summed up well his father's political views. See more »

Goofs

Many of the men are clean shaven. Not only was this not the style for the era, it was unsafe in an area where clean water was not abundant. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Brady: [after Garrett busts in a card game] I sure left Garrett holding the short end. Big Casino.
[laughs]
Lawrence Murphy: I'm not so sure you won that game.
Sheriff Brady: Sure I did.
Lawrence Murphy: Yeah. Sure you did.
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Connections

Featured in John Wayne Behind the Scenes (2007) 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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John Chisum Meets Billy `The Kid'
1 November 2003 | by AzRangerSee all my reviews

As much as I like this movie…

…what its storyline does, especially as it gets further along, is simply to re-tell the story of Billy `The Kid' Bonney. It supposed to take place after Chisum has made that famous cattle-drive and shows the start of the Lincoln County war. Towards the end, the battle between Chisum and Murphy (the war) is completely set aside and we end up seeing all the same things happen to Billy that we've already seen in all the other movies about him, i.e., his relationship with Tunstall, meeting Pat Garrett and becoming friends (at first, then their falling out, well, kinda), him getting revenge on everybody, and the ol' shootout at McSween's store. The movie alters history in some interesting ways, though, like instead of the U.S. Army helping the sheriff (a fictitious character that replaces Brady) during the McSween's store shootout, Chisum becomes the cavalry and he and Pat Garrett help Billy out. The movie ends rather abruptly, never letting us know what happens to Chisum, Billy or the Lincoln County war.


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