Overall Rank: 329
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 165
Theatrical Release Date: 04/22/1962
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 05/19/2009
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: John Ford
Actors: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine
Plot: Told from the perspective of an elective senator, he tells of a time when he murders a terrible unlawful gunman, which made him famous.
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sapien - wrote on 12/23/2011
It would've been a much better movie if it wasn't for the racism in it. I just love Andy Devine though.
dukeakasmudge - wrote on 07/30/2011
Not as good as I heard or thought it was gonna be.Even with all the big names, (It even had Uncle Jessie from Dukes Of Hazzard in a small role) It was boring.I think the best thing about it was Lee Marvin as the town bully Liberty Valance.Andy Devine as the sheriff was OK at 1st but it got old & annoying after awhile
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/06/2011
The spark in this classic Western comes from the charisma and character revealed in the leads. John Ford supposedly shot this entire film on a soundstage because of budget constraints, so it is missing the characteristic Western panoramic colorful photography. However, shooting the film on simple sets in simple black and white photography allows the themes, rich dialogue, and character moments to shine through. The film is never boring and often very powerful at times, which says a lot about its story and content.
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cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/17/2016
Das, was den Western vom Abenteuerfilm unterscheidet, ist der Mythos. Für John Ford muss der "Westen" ein mystischer Ort gewesen sein, an dem seine Träume hingen. Historische Fakten spielen in seinen Filmen deshalb auch nur eine untergeordnete Rolle. Er war ein konservativer Utopist. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ist sein nachdenklichstes Werk geworden. Wer erschoss Liberty Vallance? Die Entscheidung zwischen der Wahrheit und dem Mythos fällt im Film ganz einfach: Der Westen lebt von der Legende. Der Film spielt zu der Zeit, da sich das Gesetz des Stärkeren zugunsten des Rechts im juristischen Sinne verschiebt. Wir erleben den Beginn der Moderne: Braucht ein Mann eine Pistole, um sich zu verteidigen oder sollte er sich besser eine Meinung bilden? Wir befinden uns in Shinbone, in …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/30/2013
"You taught her to read and write, now give her something to read and write about!" One of the most emotional and provocative of its genre. Ransom "Ranse" Stoddard (James Stewart) narrates his story to reporters. He mentions how he met an eclectic sharpshooter named Tom Doniphon (John Wayne) and Hallie (Vera Miles). Ranse recalls how he was beaten by an outlaw by the name of Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin). Tom rescues Ransom and is tendered to by Peter Ericson (John Qualen), his wife Nora (Jeanette Nolan) and daughter Hallie. The film provides excellent character build-up, apt cinematography, colorful score and earnest performances especially from James Stewart. It shows a different side of his character which portrays a myriad of emotions. The plot likewise was very engaging with …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/25/2012
An ageing senator returns to a frontier town for the funeral of an old friend and reminisces over his life as a young man. Considered one of John Ford's best and a classic of the genre, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is the closest Ford came to making a Frank Capra movie. It charts the transition of the west from law of the gun to law and order, as an idealistic young lawyer comes to town in the shape of a typically fantastic James Stewart and finds his courage and knowledge are useless in the face of the violence he encounters. Up steps John Wayne as a pragmatic gunman and as was the case with many of John Ford's films, there was a perfect John Wayne shaped hole in the script that enabled him to shine. Add enjoyable turns from Lee Marvin as the total shit-heel of the title and Edmond …
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