Shenandoah

  • PG
  • Andrew V McLaglen (1965)
  • US
  • 100 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This marvellous and moving late western features a superb performance from James Stewart as a widower trying to ignore the Civil War until the tide of history washes over his whole family. Unusually, the deliberate sentimentality works, and the scene in which Stewart offers a moving soliloquy beside his wife's grave ("I brought some flowers, Martha...") was so popular that it was released on record. Director Andrew V McLaglen (Victor's son) achieves a real sense of scale here, and the supporting cast (including many veterans from John Ford's repertory company) is particularly well chosen. Dustin Hoffman's Graduate co-star Katharine Ross made her big-screen debut here.

Plot Summary

Western starring James Stewart and Doug McClure. Loner Charlie Anderson keeps his family out of the Civil War, even though there is fighting a few miles from his Virginia farm. But when his new son-in-law joins the Confederate army and his youngest son is captured by Federal troops, Charlie finds he can no longer ignore the conflict.

Cast and crew

Cast

Charlie Anderson
James Stewart
Sam
Doug McClure
Jacob
Glenn Corbett
James
Patrick Wayne
Boy
Phillip Alford
Ann
Katharine Ross
Jennie
Rosemary Forsyth
Nathan
Charles Knox Robinson
John
Jim McMullan
Henry
Tim McIntire
Gabriel
Eugene Jackson Jr
Dr Witherspoon
Paul Fix
Pastor Bjoerling
Denver Pyle
Colonel Fairchild
George Kennedy
Jenkins
Harry Carey Jr
Engineer
Strother Martin

Crew

Director
Andrew V McLaglen

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Categories
Drama

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