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In the summer of 1889, a mysterious and charismatic man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a bullying cattle rancher, and where he changes the lives of a young boy and his parents.
ISBN: 9780792163718
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.


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Dec 12, 2019

Must watch after the "late night talk show host mention" with the Muller report pairing, don't leave there are more investigations resonating; chuckling, chuckling

Certainly one of the five best Westerns ever. it's a story that was often told, the cattlemen against the sodbusters, but it's unique in that it gives the "bad guy" cattleman Riker, a chance to tell his story and have his say, so that he's not a cardboard cutout character. It's like "The Merchant of Venice" in that regard, where Shylock gets to explain where he's coming from. Jack Palance creates a menacing gunfighter convincingly, and got an Oscar nomination with maybe a dozen lines in the whole movie. There's a romantic subtext between Shane and Joey's mom, and little Joey helps Shane out at a crucial moment in the final gunfight. The Observer particularly appreciates the moment when Joey asks Shane if he can shoot, and Shane says, "Little bit." No bragging for heroes in those days.

Aug 22, 2018

I care not for the plot or the acting: The Grand Tetons loom behind, and above, and they are beautiful in Technicolor, or whatever exactly it was. P.S. If you are negroid, i don't think your prescence will be appreciated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I have been there. so....heads up: no dunking , no ebola, allowed. just saying. . . .

Aug 20, 2018

I laughed out loud with one review saying it was so boring & awful. This was such an important Western of it's time & long remembered by scores of youth in the day. I'd take this 'old' piece against junk like the new Yellowstone full of ....junk for today's audience.

Alan Ladd was a heartthrob.

Mar 23, 2018

I was just 5 years old when I saw this movie (thank you, Nannie!). In some ways, it changed my life forever. It helped that I identified with the kid...just a couple of years older than me. Knew it was going to be something special (thanks to those radio commercials that captivated me...)

Saw it with my grandkids this week (Mar. 2018). I saw it with older, adult eyes, and appreciated it for a whole set of new reasons. Also know much now about George Stevens, the director, who made this early-50s western after horrific experiences filming WW II documentaries. (See more in Netflix's 5 Came Back).

I just marvel at the cinematography, the pacing, the understated dialogue and the incredible editing job...Stevens putting the camera on subjects that appear, sometimes, to have no real connection with the narrative, but, in fact, provide important humanizing elements to the story. REAL people. A REAL farm. Even the "bad guys" are three-D characters. Simply the best movie opportunity Alan Ladd ever had. And man, with Stevens' able direction, he made the most of it. And that was plenty.

Stevens would be distraught about his country today. After witnessing the worst WW II offered (think about the very WORST of that war!) his task was bringing the novel's anti-violence message to the screen in a memorable, emotional way.

"Shane, come back!" But gunfighter Shane can't come back. His time is over. So says the novel...and so says the film.

Wrong. It's 2018 and violence is still with us, in a mass-murder way nobody could have conceived of half a century ago. Today's reality gives a poignancy to the feature that likely would have Stevens in despair...

Feb 14, 2018

The story of the pioneer vs the rancher in 1890’s Wyoming. The pioneers are the future and the rancher/cowboys the past. Each side has their gunfighter. Watch for the cues that help explain America’s tortured relationship with the gun. Movie holds up well and Jackson Hole Wy is as much a character as any of the actors.

Jul 10, 2017

The dazzling cinematography that explores the bucolic and idyllic landscapes, together with the strong ensemble cast, contributes to make this an unforgettable Western tale about a complex, divided hero and the relationship that he develops with a peaceful family.

Oct 24, 2016

I quite liked this 1952 Western. Compared to Westerns of today - It's story is really tame and very low-key. But I thought actor Alan Ladd was very well-cast in his role as the title character.

Jan 18, 2015

One of the best Western Films ever made. Director George Stevens should receive much of the credit. He selected an impressive cast that include Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, and Edgar Buchanan. No one could have been better than Alan Ladd as Shane. A gunslinger who wants to get a regular job on the farm with Van Heflin, Jean Arthur and their son Brandon de Wilde. As Shane, Alan Ladd, has both the confidence of a gunfighter and the compassion of a farmer. Brandon de Wilde is great as the son of about 10 years old who idolizes Shane. The movie was shot in Jackson Hole , Wyoming, which turns out to be a picturesque location for a western. The color photography of the cast and area around Jackson Hole will amaze you. This is truly a one of a kind Western!! I won't forget the memory of such a great script and cast all working together to make a Western Masterpiece!

Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 03, 2015

Ah, yes!.... Movies and the Myth of the American Cowboy.

I would confidently venture to say that Shane is one of the very best Western movies ever made. It's definitely a film that ranks right up there with other spectacular Western classics such as The Searchers and High Noon.

Released in 1953, Shane proved to be one of the most successful Westerns of that particular decade.

Shane's story is set in the Nevada Badlands, at the time when settlers were first arriving there to build their farms and homes.

Actor Alan Ladd plays Shane, an aging, disillusioned gun-slinger who has, pretty much, hung up his guns for good and taken to the life of a solitary drifter. In this fleeting episode of Shane's life we find our weary hero encountering unexpected trouble along the long and lonely trail.

Alan Ladd is truly exceptional as the mysterious loner/cowboy named Shane.

This classic Western is, without a doubt, a cut above the rest.

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Nov 04, 2012

Rufus Ryker (of Joe Starrett): "...I'll kill him if I have to." Jack Wilson: "You mean I'll kill him if you have to."

Nov 04, 2012

Joey: "Shane!!! Come back!!!"

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