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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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User Ratings: 23,626
John Ford's last great film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is also one of the last classic Westerns to come out of Hollywood. Full Review
Film4
Apr 29, 2013
Rating: A+ -- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) was another nostalgic and memorable B/W John Ford-directed film about the passing of the Old West and the rise of civilization - it was his last great film. Full Review
AMC Filmsite
Sep 29, 2019
There's much to say about it; the simplest is that it's both the most romantic of Westerns and the greatest American political movie. Full Review
New Yorker
Apr 29, 2013
[O]ne of Ford's most moving films. It boasts three superb performances.
Sight and Sound
Feb 1, 2004
Ford's purest and most sustained expression of the familiar themes of the passing of the Old West, the conflict between the untamed wilderness and the cultivated garden, and the power of myth. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
[O]ddly stirring and ahead of its time.
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 1, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A solid, if overrated, Ford western, one with its share of cliches and predictability. It's still fascinating to watch Wayne and Stewart deal with hellion Marvin in a changing West. Full Review
TV Guide
Apr 29, 2013

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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  • UPC: 032429265388
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