USA Today - 04/16/1993
"...This comic-Western variation on THE TAMING OF THE SHREW has a place in the hearts of John Wayne-Maureen O'Hara fans....The film's virtues include a gallery of beloved character actors..."
John Wayne shows off his funny side in this 1963 western, a comedy inspired by THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Starring as wealthy cattle baron G.W. McLintock, Wayne shows a real sense of comic timing in several scenes filled with slapstick humor. After his wife (Maureen O'Hara) and daughter leave him for the East, McLintock attempts to win them back. The dynamics between O'Hara and Wayne are the strong suit of this film, the actors having worked together previously on THE QUIET MAN. As this is by no means a revisionist western, McLintock's chauvinistic attempts to "tame" his wife fit within the problematic ideology of the larger western genre. The ultimate example of this comes at the end of the film when McLintock settles his marital dispute by publicly "spanking" his wife in what is now a notorious cinematic moment.
The battle of the sexes goes into full throttle in this madcap Western. McLintock is a successful, hard-drinking, rabble-rousing cattle baron whose town is named in his honor. When Katherine, his estranged wife, arrives back in town to seek a divorce, they immediately lock horns and brawl like two alley cats -- often in public. Besides his hot-tempered wife, McLintock also has to contend with his daughter and her suitors, a confrontation between homesteaders and cattlemen, and the government's problems with the local Comanche.
MPI Home Video's videocassette #6022 is the "full-length producer's cut" of the film and it is the only version "authorized by the estate of John Wayne." The print for the video was struck from the original negative which was restored under the supervision of Michael Wayne, the film's producer and John Wayne's son. The soundtrack was digitally remastered for stereo.
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