The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - Drama, Western

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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

IMDB: 8.1
Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 19 out of 241 found boring (7.88%)

One-line Reviews (74)

Some films are slow to give up their secrets first time round and need some time to elapse before they are revalued.

he was riveting.

Ford's last great film is an absorbing tale about the making of legends.

The film also is bogged down by an awfully slow pace and the courtroom scenes at the end are very weak.

Instead we get a suspenseful, on edge, thrilling sequence which keeps you wanting to know if James Stewart's character will take up the gun and end the villain or if the villain will shoot him in cold blood.

This is propaganda, Pilgrim.

This 'classic' covers every cliché in a Western and then some.

James Stewart (Stoddard) and John Wayne (Doniphon) have unexpected chemistry on screen, and Lee Marvin (Valance) is easily one of the most unpleasant black-hats you could ever want to see in a western, vicious to the point of being psychotic.

Overall, not going into plot details, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" is an very entertaining motion picture from start till the end.

I found the pacing a bit slow and the fact that the film was shot on sound stages at the studio took away what I appreciate the most about the genre: the beautiful and vast location.

A rich assortment of town characters directed in fine style by John Ford makes THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE one of his most entertaining western tales.

And although there we seldom see rolling plains or galloping horses, this is still a movie of Western cliché, epitomised in a brilliant shot of John Wayne and Lee Marvin staring each other down completely motionless.

a supremely, satisfyingly entertaining Western tale, spun by John Ford with a perfect ensemble and mood .

The message in the schoolroom is a trifle heavy-handed, but it is delivered entertaining and sets up the central message of the movie well.

The scenes in the restaurant, supposedly meant as a tribute to Howard Hawks, are wonderfully evocative.

2000 a profound article that makes the film still more intriguing.

But he learns quickly that this is laughable to the old-timers and the salty locals, one of them played with predictable confidence by John Wayne.

Lee Marvin's rendition of the immoral, violent and unpredictable Liberty Valence is nearly pitch perfect.

Tensions rise as the boiling point is finally reached between these two culminating in a surprising shoot-out that has the audience on the edge of their seats.

The underlying story is fascinating.

It's rather intriguing and will keep you glued to the screen.

And the rowdy, raucous, plain-speaking heroes and villains have been replaced by pretentious blowhard politicians of the sort that Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) has become.

Summing up: A western morality tale well worth watching...

A solidly enjoyable Western that is more underlying theme than up front story .

Two towering box office stars of the time in a huge exciting production .

After the opening stagecoach robbery scene, this got really slow for a half hour.

The Fascinating Clash between (not so young) Ringo Kid and Mr. Smith .

Lastly I have to say that "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" is a very good and enjoyable western movie which shows us many truths about those times and also makes us understand how things change because of some serious situation and due to some crazy circumstances.

The twists in the story were rather predictable as well so the final revelation never did anything for me either.

It does rest on a ton of action or large elaborate sets (and didn't even use colour) but instead is built on a solid story, intense characters, a romance that is far from easy and frontier justice.

The movie has a great story but it starts a bit slow.

I quite enjoyed it and rated it a 9.

) A few of the old crowd are still around but the streets of Shinbone are empty and are a tired gray.

I'm always a bit daunted to watch John Ford movies, as I've found many of them to be pretentious and slow, though the photography is always good and the acting passable.

' All in all an entertaining and even informative not to mention moving classic Western.

Besides this movie is bringing America's frontier to heroic life filmed against a breathtaking sweep of sky,sand and mountain and brings two great stars(Wayne,Stewart) together for the first time in a heroic epic about winning of the West to enact the most powerful scenes that ever came out the West.

The movie is a compelling metaphor for the decline of the Old West, has a gripping plot, and surely some of the best character depictions ever.

This film is worth watching just to see the drunken antics of Mr. Peabody!

His ironic reference is complementary with intriguing appearances of the main protagonists.

Myth of cowardly townsfolk sinks already contrived plot .

It was engaging and entertaining and was shown to us in school as an example of good film-making.

I find that this movie, like all great films, gets more entertaining and interesting the more I see it.

This stunning cast also features John Wayne, Edmond O'Brien, Vera Miles, Andy Devine and Lee Marvin as one of the most memorable and ruthless outlaw's you'll never forget.

One of the worst movies ever.

This is a compelling Western, one with a depth of character and story that is often missing from the genre.

Wayne is his usual lumbering, slow talking self and it works this time.

and eventually, after the shoot- out (which in and of itself is quite intense), the lines become a little grayer.

Clumsy direction, dated style, curiously over-aged cast, yet a consistently compelling watch.

Vera Miles Plays the love interest in a rivalry triangle between Rance and tom, and she's appropriately saucy, irascible, and enjoyable here.

This entertaining black and white western has a number of things going for it: John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin, a host of top character players, with John Ford directing.

The general gist of the film is riveting.

Over the years few directors have been successful at telling a story and entertaining an audience at the same time.

The facts are much more boring than the legends and that is exactly how I felt about this film.

Two Westerns make my career top 10, one each by Howard Hawks and John Ford: "Red River," a triumph despite a trite ending, and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," which is much more than the flawed masterpiece many have made it out to be.

As much as I like Andy Devine, his scared-of-his-own-shadow town marshal quickly becomes tiresome.

John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an intelligent, insightful, and greatly entertaining movie.

However, many sequences which pervade the film are slow and rife with humorless banter.

This is a OK film, and worth watching although the outcome is generally obvious.

It is not a traditional western, but it a very entertaining drama set in the old west.

John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a stunning tragic feature.

This is more the sort of western that is 'clean' and entertaining, rather than purely realistic and gritty.

This has got to be one of the most stagnant uneventful films of all time.

TMWSLV is a film that is engaging and ultimately very rewarding with some very minor problems.

So, in the end, this movie had everything going for it: An exciting western adventure full of interesting characters and some good plot twists.

Yet it pays off, the film is as compelling as any of John Ford's westerns and any of John Wayne's performances.

This movie tells a compelling story about the changing atmosphere of West as well as the impact of legends.

The movie continues through many great plot twists and unexpected events to arrive at a moving and stunning conclusion.

Even though, the plot twist surrounding who shot Liberty Valance was predictable that didn't really matter to me because again I think that everything leading up to this scene had a purpose.

This self-indulgent Director should have retired long before he was given full reign to force this on a rather forgiving Audience.

The story is ordinary, full of overacting and some seemingly interminable scenes; John Carradine , late on is exceedingly annoying; the cinematography is ordinary and drab.

Whatever way you look at this film, it does give the viewer a lot to think about and is certainly quite intriguing.

The latter part of the film can be too drawn-out and I have never got the point of that scene near the end in which Doniphon burns his own house down.

The story is often told in flashback, but with a twist that is very unpredictable, and John Ford's direction is solid as rocks.

To decently analyze what's going on the screen, you may only watch the film over and over, and even then, you are immersed again back into it.