The Sons of Katie Elder
From the four winds they came, the four brothers, their eyes smoking and their fingers itching...
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- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- PCM Mono - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Wayne & Dean Martin|
|Performer:||Martha Hyer, Earl Holliman, Jeremy Slate, Michael Anderson, Jr., James Gregory, Paul Fix, George Kennedy, Dennis Hopper, Sheldon Allman & John Litel|
|Directed by||Henry Hathaway|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Screenplay by||William H. Wright, Allan Weiss & Harry Essex|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Art Direction by||Hal Pereira & Walter Tyler|
|Story by||Talbot Jennings|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Director of Photography:||Lucien Ballard|
Rating: 4/5 -- Fun, often exciting Wayne western with great cast.
Rating: B -- Hathaway's 1965 Western was extremely popular at the box office--it was John Wayne's first movie after his bout with cancer (I licked the Big C)-and its superior to the remake. Full Review
Rating: B- -- Undemanding psychological Western. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 59/100 -- Those who favour the big-hearted Americana and rolling landscapes of non-revisionist westerns could do far worse than this movie. Full Review
...The movie has a place in the hearts of Wayne fans...
In this action-packed Western, three wandering sons return home to attend the funeral of their mother, Katie Elder, who's been murdered. The brothers then set their sights on the man responsible for her death, as well as for the death of their father, who was killed six months earlier. They receive help from a fourth brother, who has remained at home. However, getting revenge won't be easy because the culprit, who has also gained possession of the family's ranch, will do anything to stop them--including hiring an assassin to kill the oldest brother, John. This classic late-era John Wayne Western features a musical score that bears a suspicious resemblance to the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN theme. (Both were written by Elmer Bernstein.) Also starring in Henry Hathaway's excellent cast are Dean Martin, Earl Holliman, James Gregory, George Kennedy, and Dennis Hopper.
At their mother's graveside, four brothers make a pact to avenge her death. At the same time, some of the town toughs have other plans for them.