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

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A senator returns to a western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins.

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)

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

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

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.

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

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.

One of the worst movies ever.

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

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.

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

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

he was riveting.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The general gist of the film is riveting.

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

Myth of cowardly townsfolk sinks already contrived plot .

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

This is propaganda, Pilgrim.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

I quite enjoyed it and rated it a 9.

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.

The underlying story is fascinating.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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