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Shane

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • George Stevens
  • 113 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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ShaneAlan Ladd
Marion StarrettJean Arthur
Joe StarrettVan Heflin
Joey StarrettBrandon de Wilde
WilsonJack Palance
Chris CallowayBen Johnson (1)
Fred LewisEdgar Buchanan
RykerEmile Meyer
Stonewall TorreyElisha Cook Jr
Mr ShipsteadDouglas Spencer
MorganJohn Dierkes
Mrs TorreyEllen Corby
Sam GraftonPaul McVey

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Stevens

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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