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Shane (1953)

Alan Ladd , Jean Arthur , George Stevens  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: A.B. Guthrie Jr., Jack Schaefer, Jack Sher
  • Producers: George Stevens, Ivan Moffat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792163710
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shane" on IMDb

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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

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249 of 260 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of filmmaking April 19, 2000
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Often mentioned as one of the greatest westerns ever, it is easy to see why. This film stands as a masterpiece of the art, even more so since it was filmed so long ago. It starts with a great story, the story of Shane (Alan Ladd), a quiet gunslinger who is trying to escape his past and befriends a pioneer family that has settled out west. He attempts to settle down and become a hired hand to Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and his wife Marian (Jean Arthur), but the ranchers who need to drive cattle through the homesteaders' property are attempting to drive them out. Shane tries to stay out of the disputes, but keeps being drawn in and is finally compelled to put his six shooter back on when the ranchers hire Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) a noted gunfighter to intimidate the farmers.
This story is outstanding in so many ways. It is a classic battle of good and evil. It has its share of fist fights and shoot outs, but this film is more about principles than action. It exemplifies principles and values that unfortunately have become outdated in today's society such as, character, integrity, loyalty, pride in accomplishment, persistence and the willingness to fight for what is right. It is also an excellent human interest story and succeeds in getting the viewer to love the homesteaders and hate the ranchers.
George Stevens directed this film late in a notable career and does a splendid job. The locations were breathtaking, shot with majestic mountains in the background of almost every scene. The cinematography was stunning, and the color rich despite the fact that it was filmed almost 50 years ago.
The acting was superlative. Van Heflin wins us over almost immediately with his high minded principles and unshakeable character.
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Western Painting July 10, 2005
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Alan Ladd starred in one of the most spare and beautiful westerns ever captured on film in George Stevens' portrait of a lonely gunfighter and the bond he forms with a family of homesteaders under seige out west. Jack Schaefer's very good western novella was lofted to greatness by Ladd's quiet performance as the gunfighter Shane, who gets a glimpse of the life he would have preferred rather than the hand he was dealt.

A story and film which sounds simple, and is often described as such, is really anything but, its complexity hidden by its scope and the subtle manner in which it is told. Shane is the mythic figure, riding in on the horizon and staying to help a family fend off a rancher trying to drive the farmers off their land. It is a story of changing times and complex relationships.

Shane forms a bond with farmer Van Heflin and becomes his friend because of his decency and acceptance of Shane, even though Shane's gun and his readiness to draw at the slightest sound reveals a past and a way of life Shane would like to live down. Shane knows he is on the way out as the west changes and it is ironic that he chooses to help the family trying to build a town and a community, the very things that will be his demise.

Brandon De Wilde is excellent as the young boy who needs a larger than life hero to look up to and finds him in Shane. As he and Shane form a bond, an inevitable confrontation between a deadly gunfighter hired to get rid of the homesteaders will force him to put on his gun and live up to everything the young boy feels in his heart for Shane.

Jean Arthur gives a wonderful and often overlooked performance as the wife who loves her husband and son dearly, but can not deny the feelings she has for Shane.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative film July 2, 2000
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Many people believe "The Searchers" is the greatest western ever made, but for my money, "Shane" beats it, hands down. The cinematography here is breathtaking, with the Tetons looming majestically in the distance. Alan Ladd never looked or sounded better, and he plays the title role with an understated elegance that belies the inherent roughness of Shane's character.
Van Heflin gives his best performance as the long-suffering Joe Starrett and Jean Arthur has her best role since her Frank Capra films of the 1930's. She conveys just the right amount of sexual interest in Shane, combined with restraint and a genuine regard for her husband.
There is an abundance of memorable, brilliant scenes: "Tory is dead!" as they deliver "Stonewall's" body back to the settlement. All of Alan Ladd's scenes with little Joey are poignant and beautifully drawn. Of course, the final scene, with Joey shouting, "Shane (echo....) Mama wants you (echo...) I know she does" never fails to brings tears to the eyes, even after multiple viewings.
A genuine classic.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, But DVD Issue January 31, 2005
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Although the theatrical aspect ratio of this movie was 1.66:1, while the DVD aspect ratio is 4:3, this is not a "Pan&Scan" DVD. In other words, almost none of the original theatrical image has been removed for exhibition on a 4:3 television screen. The film negative aspect ratio was 1.37:1 (almost 4:3), and for theatrical exhibition, the image was "matted" (partially covered from the top down and bottom up) to produce a 1.66:1 image. For exhibition on a 4:3 television screen, the "mattes" have simply been removed. So the DVD exhibition actually shows 17.5 percent more image than the theatrical exhibition. For a movie made in this fashion within the last 15 to 20 years, I would guess that the movie was likely filmed this way so that the theatrical image wouldn't be butchered on television by the "Pan&Scan" process, and because the filmmakers didn't foresee the current state of the home video market, where consumers prefer movies presented in their theatrical aspect ratio, rather than in a ratio in which the image will fill up their 4:3 television screen (if there is a difference). However, with "Shane", I recall an article in a DVD magazine which stated that the film was originally intended to be shown in theaters in the 1.37:1 ratio, but the 1.66:1 ratio was substituted after the film was shot, so that the film could have the added draw of being a "widescreen" movie, which was a relatively new thing in 1953, but which was becoming a major audience drawing point. This DVD presents the movie in the aspect ratio in which the filmmakers shot the movie and originally intended it to be shown in theaters, but it does not present the movie in the aspect ratio in which it was finally seen upon original release in a movie theater (for that, the DVD would have to present the movie in a "matted widescreen" format). If you're okay with that, enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Shane" is a "must have" for any classic movie collection!
It's just a great film, period. It's a "must have" for any classic movie collection!
Published 17 hours ago by DW
4.0 out of 5 stars What IF Shane Came Back??
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I just figured little Joey would have more of an impact on Shane's decision to depart, but much to me and ma's chagrin he went a... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by DoMeNiQuE CoE
5.0 out of 5 stars "Never's a long time ...."
I was lucky enough to catch Shane at our local art movie theatre today. It holds up exceptionally well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Best Westerns.
Alan Ladd's best western. In fact, at the time, the press stated that the bar fight was the longest and most realistic. I met Mr. Ladd in 1951 in Hawaii on the beach at Waikiki. Read more
Published 3 days ago by James McClintock
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE WSTERNS
Published 15 days ago by WAYNE R HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad to have this movie on a dvd instead of the old vhs cassette
Published 18 days ago by Richard Stembridge
5.0 out of 5 stars shane
It is a wonderful movie. No cussing out each other. No sex seems. A very good movie.
I will recommend this movie to everyone.
Published 21 days ago by denomom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very satisfied
Published 22 days ago by Hahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best Western of all times.
Published 24 days ago by Joseph R. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Poor wardrobe
Published 26 days ago by Bill Verelley
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