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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Poster
Released Runtime Category
1962 123 Westerns
Director Language
John Ford English
John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, John Carradine

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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What's it About

Returning to the old frontier town he left long ago, U.S. senator Ransom Stoddard (Stewart) recalls his run-ins with a notorious outlaw, Liberty Valance (Marvin), and the gun-toting rancher, Tom Doniphon (Wayne), who repeatedly saved the young lawyer's life-despite the fact the two men loved the same woman, Hallie (Miles).

Why we love it

John Ford's last great moment came with "Liberty Valance," a film largely panned on release, when the director's romanticized vision of the Old West seemed outmoded. The film's resurgent popularity comes from dynamic star performances and a seminal western story: the railroad's influence in transforming the rule of the gun (represented by Valance and Doniphon) to the rule of law (represented by Stoddard). A touching and insightful portrait of the passing of an age, and a tribute to the western genre itself. (A clever suprise caps this film!)

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