February 27, 2015

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 1962. A young lawyer in the old west tries to champion law and order.

Directed by John Ford. Written by James Warner Bellah, & Willis Goldbeck, based on a story by Dorothy M. Johnson. Starring John Wayne, & James Stewart, with Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, & Woody Strode.

Concept: B
Story: C
Characters: C
Dialog: C
Pacing: C
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: B
Acting: B
Music: B
Enjoyment: The framing device is unnecessary and pretty dull, and the political convention scene is interminable. But when the movie's a Western, it's great. B

GPA: 2.7/4

[update of a previous post - original is here]

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