Andrew V McLaglen (1965)

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Our Score
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.


A Virginian farmer is left to raise seven children after his wife dies. He tries to keep his family out of the American Civil War, but when Union troops abduct his son, and his son-in-law enlists with the Confederates, he is unable to maintain his neutral stance and is dragged into the conflict. Western, starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Rosemary Forsyth, Katharine Ross and Patrick Wayne. Edited for violence.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Andrew V McLaglen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD