The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 7, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, along with his archival recordings with John Ford, John Wayne and James Stewart
    • Selected Scene Commentary with Intro by Dan Ford along with his archival recordings with John Ford, James Stewart and Lee Marvin
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Certified Fresh93%

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 23,626
Rating: 2/5 -- A basically honest, rugged and mature saga has been sapped of a great deal of effect by an obvious, overlong and garrulous anticlimax. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
...John Ford's valedictory to the Old West...with Wayne wringing a surprising amount of pathos out of his role...
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 8, 2001
...Director John Ford's last masterpiece, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, features a killer cast...
USA Today
Jun 8, 2001
Rating: 4/4 -- Merely one of the greatest Westerns ever made, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a genuine masterpiece, notable for (among other attributes) the immortal line, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Full Review
Creative Loafing
Oct 17, 2015
[The film offers] a bittersweet look at the closing of the frontier by focusing on two strikingly different men who help one town choose law and order over the chaos of the open range.
A.V. Club
Jun 3, 2009
With all the Ford requirements and the Ford mystique, including John Wayne and James Stewart off- setting each other's archetypal physiques, presences, worlds and implications; and Edmond O'Brien, at his uproariest. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 17, 2018
[O]ddly stirring and ahead of its time.
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 1, 2007

Product Description:

In John Ford's stark, melancholy swan song for the conventional frontier Western, aged Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) returns to the small town of Shinbone with his wife, Hallie (Vera Miles), for the funeral of his friend, Tom Doniphan (John Wayne), where he recounts for reporters his relationship with the man. His arrival in the town years earlier as a newly minted lawyer had been welcomed with a vicious beating by Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), a flamboyant thug hired by powerful business interests fearful of the lawyer's intentions to stump for statehood. Doniphan, a rancher and feared gunman, finds Stoddard unconscious, takes him into town, and continues to protect him, particularly after coming to realize that the woman he loves cares more for the lawyer. Despite Doniphan's warnings that the only law in the region comes at the end of a gun barrel, the stubborn lawyer insists on teaching the illiterate townspeople about the rule of law in a democratic society. When Stoddard is elected as the regional delegate to the territorial convention, Valance baits the politician, a notoriously inept gunman, into a showdown.

The film, which plays like a Western version of Freud's CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS, reflects the aging director's ambivalence about many of the beliefs that had animated his earlier work. Shot on two soundstages because of a limited budget and Ford's poor health, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE blends a stripped-down look with an intentionally fractured, ambiguous narrative to stand as a haunting elegy for the fearless gunman, the endless wilderness, and the loss of freedom their vanishing betokens.

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  • Sales Rank: 3,788
  • UPC: 032429265388
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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