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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

HD   NR Closed Captioning

John Ford

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About the Movie

Ranking with Stagecoach as one of the greatest of its genre, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is the modern-day western to beat all westerns. John Ford, whose very name is synonymous with "westerns," directed the ideal cast. Jimmy Stewart plays the bungling but charming big-city lawyer determined to rid the fair village of Shinbone of its number one nuisance and bad man: Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin). And as if all that weren't enough, the biggest star that ever aimed a six-shooter plays the Man of the title: John Wayne. Super sincere Stewart and rugged rancher Wayne also share the same love interest (Vera Miles). One gets the gunman, but the other gets the gal.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There's much to say about it; the simplest is that it's both the most romantic of Westerns and the greatest American political movie. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Apr 29, 2013

Fresh: There is a purity to the John Ford style. His composition is classical. He arranges his characters within the frame to reflect power dynamics -- or sometimes to suggest a balance is changing. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Apr 29, 2013

Fresh: Along with The Searchers, it represents John Ford at his most accomplished. And it is one of the best Westerns Hollywood has ever produced. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Apr 29, 2013

Fresh: A great film, rich in thought and feeling, composed in rhythms that vary from the elegiac to the spontaneous. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Classic John Ford & Classic John Wayne

Best in category - "Vintage Classic Western". Vera Miles also stars in this tale of unrequited love and heroism. Jimmy Sterwart also stars, along with Lee Marvin. There are so many colorful characters and a great plot, it is impossible not to be drawn into the story. The fan of Westerns will find this a must add to their collection.

John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart at their best

This is just one of those movies that I can watch over and over again. This is the one where John Wayne calls Jimmy Stewart pilgrim 23 times ( I counted). If you are a John Wayne fan this ranks up there with The Searchers, Fort Apache, True Grit, The Shootist and Stagecoach as The Duke's finest work. Lee Marvin and Vera Miles both turned in great performances as well. See this one, you won't be sorry.

Great movie

This movie is great and it's also worth watching for the history lesson in the classroom scene.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 1962

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