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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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Released

1962

Runtime

123

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!)