BARRY NORMAN:FILM OF THE DAY Shane★★★★★ 4.35-6.55pm Film4
On the face of it, this is the old one about the ruthless cattleman (Emile Mayer) waging war on the farmers (led by Van Heflin) and their fences. And there’s the gunfighter, Shane (Alan Ladd), weary of his trade, wanting to settle down but perforce obliged to help those farmers. But there is much else going on beneath the surface. Ladd, employed by Heflin, becomes a hero to the man’s young son (Brandon de Wilde) and is mutually attracted to his wife (Jean Arthur). It’s a classic of the genre with much to think about and much to excite, especially the showdown between Ladd and Meyer’s hired gun, Jack Palance. And, of course, there’s the famous last line: “Shane! Come back, Shane!”
Breakfast telly is the butt of the jokes – or should that be, yolks (sorry) – in a sunny-side comedy (again, apologies) with Rachel McAdams as a producer opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton as show host and news anchor.
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