The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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  • 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
Rating: 4/4 -- There is a purity to the John Ford style. His composition is classical. He arranges his characters within the frame to reflect power dynamics -- or sometimes to suggest a balance is changing. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 30, 2011
It is often sentimental and stagy, but it is rarely boring... The screenplay is just the fable Mr. Ford needed for his farewell to the Western. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 30, 2019
...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
A great film, rich in thought and feeling, composed in rhythms that vary from the elegiac to the spontaneous. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Apr 24, 2009
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
[O]ddly stirring and ahead of its time.
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 1, 2007
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

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: 894
  • UPC: 032429265388
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