Andrew V McLagen (1965)

PG Certificate


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, 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.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Anderson James Stewart
Jacob Glenn Corbett
Ann Katharine Ross
Sam Doug McClure
James Patrick Wayne
Jennie Rosemary Forsyth
Boy Phillip Alford
Nathan Charles Robinson
John Anderson James McMullan
Col Fairchild George Kennedy
Director Andrew V McLagen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD