George Stevens (1953)

PG Certificate


Our Score
If you've never seen it, Shane is a revelation, a marvellous distillation of all that is fine about Hollywood cinema. A great director (George Stevens) takes on a familiar genre (the western) and imbues it with a vision that is both personal and universal. Sweeping you up via Loyal Griggs's Technicolor photography and Bill Hornbeck and Tom McAdoo's magnificent editing, it tells the story of a man, a woman and, especially, a boy, whose lives are changed by the stranger dressed in buckskin who rides on to their farm. Alan Ladd gives the performance of a lifetime in the title role; not an obvious choice, he is superb, and the rest of the cast are also impeccable, notably Jean Arthur as the married woman whose relationship with Shane is subtly understated. Victor Young's score is exceptional, his majestic main theme lingering long after the movie is over. This is one of the finest American motion pictures, brilliantly constructed and beautifully filmed, and a constant source of pleasure.


A mysterious gunfighter intervenes when a man and his family are threatened by a predatory cattle baron determined to force every homesteader in the valley off the land. The situation rapidly escalates into violence, while an unspoken attraction develops between the gunman and the settler's wife. Western, starring Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin and Jean Arthur. Based on the novel by Jack Schaefer.

Cast & Crew

Shane Alan Ladd
Marion Starrett Jean Arthur
Joe Starrett Van Heflin
Joey Starrett Brandon de Wilde
Wilson Jack Palance
Chris Calloway Ben Johnson (1)
Fred Lewis Edgar Buchanan
Ryker Emile Meyer
Stonewall Torrey Elisha Cook Jr
Mr Shipstead Douglas Spencer
Morgan John Dierkes
Mrs Torrey Ellen Corby
Sam Grafton Paul McVey
Director George Stevens
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdGuidance: Some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray