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How the West Was Won (1963) Movie Reviews

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04/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

What fun!

The western used to be a big deal. Back in the hay day of actors like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart Western flicks made tons of money. It’s actually kind of refreshing that there was a time when a film like How the West Was Won could have been made.

How the West was won is a tribute to the west, not just the cinematic west, but the historical one. The movie uses a series of very loosely connected story lines to give examples of the sort of people populated the western United States. It’s a fitting send off to the men and women who made our today, and a fitting history lesson to boot.

This movie just screams a huge budget. This movie never takes short cuts in its production and it shows. The film is breathtaking in its scope.

Honestly it isn’t a great film, but it’s an enter...

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01/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

How The West Was Won review

A movie with an all-star cast about four generations of a family in the 1800’s. It involves the Prescott’s and perilous rapids. Next would be the story of Lily (Debbie Reynolds) and Cleve (Gregory Peck) being attacked by Indians. The American Civil war involving Zeb (George Peppard), Generals Ulysses S. Grant (Harry Morgan) and William Tecumseh Sherman (John Wayne) was narrated. Jethro Stuart (Henry Fonda) is then introduced, a buffalo hunter, gets in trouble with Mike King (Richard Widmark). Zeb (George Peppard) encounters Charlie Gant (Eli Wallach) and asks assistance from Gold City's marshal, Lou Ramsey (Lee J. Cobb).

The film had one of the best cinematography onscreen with various locations, the costumes were extravagant while the camera direction splendid. It’s score is apt...

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