The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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Released 1962

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Director:
John Ford
Released:
1962
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is a classic Western co-starring two acting legends, James Stewart and John Wayne, and directed by four-time Oscar-winner John Ford. Stewart plays Ransom Stoddard, a prominent United States senator who takes a trip to the small Wild West town of Shinbone to attend the funeral of a penniless local man, Tom Doniphon (John Wayne). The Senator is cornered by a journalist who wants to know why a high-profile politician has come to Shinbone to bury a nonentity. In flashback, we learn of Stoddard's days as a young man and of the struggle of Stoddard and his friend Doniphon against a cruel criminal named Liberty Valance. Stoddard's fame began when he survived a gunfight to the death against Valance - but what really happened that night so long ago?

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In a few characters and a gripping story, Ford dramatizes the debate about guns that still continues in many Western states. That he does this by mixing in history, humorous suppor...

  • 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Along with The Searchers, it represents John Ford at his most accomplished. And it is one of the best Westerns Hollywood has ever produced.

  • 100

    Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten

    Arguably, the best John Ford film ever, certainly one the very best, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an American classic. Ford addresses the complexity of heroism in a poetic m...

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Military & War, Love & Romance