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The Long Gray Line

HD   NR Closed Captioning

John Ford

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About the Movie

Based on the true story of Marty Maher, a humble Irish immigrant who rose through the ranks to become one of West Point's most beloved instructors, "The Long Gray Line" is a rousing tribute to a remarkable man and his way of life. Director John Ford and star Tyrone Power, themselves the sons of Irish immigrants, bring an extra dimension of fidelity and fervor to this inspiring biography. Newly arrived in America, Maher's first job was as a waiter at West Point. Clumsy and boisterous, he quickly broke so much of the military academy's china that he was forced to join the army to repay his debts.But once enlisted, the rough-and-ready Dubliner served his adopted nation with rare dedication, establishing himself as an inspirational coach at West Point. Spanning 50 years and two world wars, the film shows Maher at his best, molding and motivating the young men who would become America's heroes and presidents. Filmed on location with a stellar supporting cast (including Ford favorites Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond and Harry Carey, Jr.), "The Long Gray Line" is a stirring reminder of Marty Maher's proud place in history.

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The Long Gray Line

This movie is a must for all those who have spent any time at West Point. If stationed at West Point you can only hope to become such a role model to the Corps!

A Ford Masterpiece

I've long awaited the release of this film to put on my ipod. Thank you iTunes! John Ford's wonderful tale of West Point is remarkable. It blends tradition, history, romance, and subsistence with a touch of humor. The chemistry between Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Power is sheer delight. The John Ford Stock Compnay is at its best! Anyone who has been to the Point can appreciate the film's depiction of the need for tradition and for the 'long gray line' to march on.


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The Long Gray Line
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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