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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: Samuel G. Engel, Sam Hellman, Stuart N. Lake, Winston Miller
  • Producers: Samuel G. Engel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004COIG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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She seems out of her depth in this film.
Mr Peter G George
John Ford is at his best directing what many believe is one of the finest classic Westerns ever.
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This is one of Henry Fonda's best roles as Wyatt Earp.
E. Dolnack

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103 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J Burgraff VINE VOICE on February 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you're looking for a straight-forward, factual presentation of the events leading up to the 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral', please buy 'Wyatt Earp', or 'Tombstone' from Amazon.com...But if you prefer your history more spiritual, and want to see a master storyteller paint a visual canvas of a West that may never have existed, but SHOULD have, then this film will be a treasured part of your video collection!
John Ford knew Wyatt Earp, personally, and was familiar with the events surrounding the Tombstone shootout, but one of his greatest assets as a director was his ability to look beyond simple facts, and focus on legend. 'My Darling Clementine' is a story of icons, of the Loner, battling his own weaknesses, and creating something lasting, then walking away, to allow Civilization to grow. It's a classic theme in Ford's work (he would return to it in 'The Searchers', and 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'), as well as in many other directors' westerns ('Shane', 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'The Wild Bunch').
While Wyatt Earp (wonderfully portrayed by Henry Fonda) is surrounded by his brothers in the film, he has an aloofness that makes his character both complex, and enigmatic at the same time. At the film's start, he's a cowpuncher, who had walked away from the responsibilities of being a lawman, finding satisfaction in the hard work and solitary life of the range. When the Clantons (led by Walter Brennan, in one of his greatest roles), first approach the brothers, while Wyatt accepts an invitation to get a taste of city life, it's clear that it will be a brief stay, before he moves on, and he brushes aside any overtures of friendship.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By M. Dog VINE VOICE on June 7, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An update on the below review: I would like to add that I have just watched the new Criterion Collection Blu-Ray edition of this film, and the quality of picture is outstanding. Far better than the previous editions on DVD; and you should certainly purchase it for this reason. HOWEVER, do NOT throw out your DVD version because the commentary by Scott Eyman on the DVD release is far superior to the commentary of Joseph McBride on the Blu-Ray edition. Eyman's insight into film making is much better than is Mr. McBride's, who is also a biographer of Ford (as is Eyman). McBride uses his time in the commentary track discussing the truthfulness or validity of Ford's conception of the West, and discussing Ford's life; whereas Eyman discusses the art of the film itself - discussing the power of actors in scenes, the art of the direction, cinematography, etc. Eyman discusses the life of Ford and the actor's some, but not too much. McBride is the reverse. In fact, at one point when discussing the actual film, McBride apologizes for "digressing." I find Mr. McBride's approach not nearly as interesting as Eyman's. Now - here is my original review

Of the many movies that I love and own, this is one of the DVDs I would grab if the house was on fire.
My Darling Clementine is fundamentally about the shootout at the OK Corral, arguably the most famous 30 seconds in American history. But in John Ford's loving hands, the story takes its time getting there and, in the process, becomes as graceful and easily beautiful a piece of film-making as you will ever see.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2005
Format: DVD

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE is a Western enigma. On the one hand it's about as messed up when it comes to history as it can get but on the other hand, when considering its cinematography, star quality and pure western appeal, it's nothing short of a masterpiece.

Yes, the story involves the Earps, Doc Holliday and the Clantons and the story is set in Tombstone, Arizona, but that's where history ends. From chronological problems about the relative age of the Earp brothers, who is who and who dies when or at all, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE is nothing short of a circus! History clearly shows that while Morgan was shot in the back and killed by unknown assailants (and not Virgil), Virgil, who was crippled in Tombstone, went on to a career as a law enforcement officer in California. Also very little is known about James Earp. One thing is certain. James did not die as a teenager during a raid on the Earp cattle herd.

Another interesting historic problem arises with the portrayal of Doc Holliday. It's historically easy to show that Doc was a Georgian (not from Boston) and that he died in Colorado of his terminal tuberculosis (and not of gunshot wounds at the OK Corral in Tombstone). While Doc derived his famous name from his being a doctor in a life that preceded his career as a gambler and bloodthirsty killer, his specialty was dentistry and not surgery. So when he performs a medical procedure on his girlfriend, wounded by Billy Clanton, her hopes are slim in Holliday's care unless, of course, she was shot in the mouth.

Perhaps the historical problems are why it's titled MY DARLING CLEMENTINE and not WYATT EARP or TOMBSTONE.
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