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The Rare Breed (1966)

James Stewart , Maureen O'Hara , Andrew V. McLaglen  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills, Don Galloway
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Writers: Ric Hardman
  • Producers: William Alland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008CMT1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    A very offbeat subject gives this Western its beefy flavor: English lady Maureen O'Hara brings a prize Hereford bull to the Wild West, where she plans to introduce its hardy bloodline into longhorn country. Cattle puncher James Stewart finds the idea suspect, but he likes this redhead, so he manages to tag along through stampede, gunfight, and blizzard. Director Andrew V. McLaglen generally steers a pleasing course, although the movie occasionally stumbles between brawling comedy and western drama. One stunt sequence, a run of longhorns through a desert canyon, qualifies as a hair-raiser. Brian Keith, wearing a gigantic red beard, does a Scots accent as a cattle baron, and veteran cowhands Ben Johnson and Jack Elam are around to lend atmosphere. The big bull's name is Vindicator, and he obeys whenever Juliet Mills whistles "God Save the Queen"--did we mention this is a very offbeat subject for a Western? --Robert Horton

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    Veteran Western director Andrew V. McLaglen puts his brand on this exciting story, based on America's acquisition of English Hereford cattle (which would phase out Texas longhorns). In the 1880s, Englishwoman Martha Price (Maureen O'Hara) and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) come to America to sell their prize Hereford bull at an auction. When he is purchased by Bowen, a wild Scotsman (Brian Keith), the women hire a footloose cowhand named Burnett (James Stewart) to help them transport the animal to its new owner. So begins an adventure that test the mettle of all involved as they battle killers, cattle stampedes - and each other. But when they reach Bowen's ranch, even greater obstacles force them to summon up extraordinary courage if they, and the prize bull, are to survive.

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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Performances By Stewart and O'Hara August 7, 2003
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    THE RARE BREED is a film about the delivery of a white-faced Hereford bull from England to the Texas range for breeding purposes. The man responsible for the task is James Stewart. The women who own the bull are Maureen O'Hara and her daughter played by Juliet Mills. THE RARE BREED is a fairly good Western with strong performances by Stewart and O'Hara. A fine supporting cast includes Brian Keith, Don Galloway and David Brian.
    Andrew V. McLaglen directed many other good movies such as MCLINTOCK and SHENANDOAH.
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    Under the direction of Andrew V. McLaglen, who understood the John Ford mystique, "The Rare Breed" is a Western of consummate integrity which misses fire by not coming down firmly as either drama or comedy; it does however pass the time amiably enough...

    Stewart again plays a cynical, hard-bitten man who has become disillusioned with human nature... But his insight and understanding are well transmitted...

    The title refers to a certain breed of cattle, and not to men, rare, courageous, or other-wise...

    O'Hara is an Englishwoman who comes to America with her daughter, Juliet Mills, bringing a prize Hereford bull named Vindicator... Her husband has died on the way, and she is delivering the bull to a cattle baron (Brian Keith) in Dodge City... Her late husband has always declared that the Hereford could be successfully interbred with the indigenous American Longhorns...

    Originally Stewart had planned to kidnap the bull and hand it over to a rival dealer, but he falls under the spell of O'Hara's womanly integrity, and becomes her ally... Soon a triangle is set up between Stewart, O'Hara and Keith, with predictable results...

    The dramatic elements are not totally neglected in the film... The rivalry between the ranchers, the poignant situation of the young lovers, O'Hara's attempts to set right to the surroundings that she, a new widow, finds extraneous, are all set forth skillfully by McLaglen's directorial hand...
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    9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Fair but not Good September 8, 2006
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    This film has some first rate talent. Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O'Hara are first rate stars and they made first rate westerns but this is not one of them. It is merely passable.

    Maureen O'Hara plays a British widow whose husband was a cattle breeder in Herefordshire. They have brought their prize Hereford bull to the American west in an effort to both make money and improve the wild longhorn cattle being raised in the American west. The two women are about the only ones who have faith in the breed. Everyone else seems to think they cannot survive the harsh conditions in America.

    Jimmy Stewart plays a cowboy hired to get the bull to its purchaser. He is also hired to steal the bull for someone else. When he is unexpectedly accompanied by women his plans go awry because they are very strong willed and because he is beginning to fall in love with Maureen.

    In time, even the women lose faith in the bull but Jimmy Stewart does have faith. Good triumphs over evil and faithfulness pays off. That is the old western formula. The part of the formula that is missing is excitement and interest. All in all, it is just barely passable.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Rare Breed January 6, 2012
    By Mazon11
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    James Stewart has always been one of my favorite actors. His acting style is like no other. With his down home slow talking he makes any part believable. If you like westerns and you want to be entertained with real acting guiding the story, then purchase Rare Breed. You will be well pleased.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    Certainly one of Western mainstay, Stewart's, weirdest in the genre is this 1966 film directed by veteran film maker Andrew Mclaglen.

    The plot is about how an english woman and her daughter plan to crossbreed a rare breed of bull with that of American cattle. Stewart is hired to take the women and the bull(named "Vindicator") to Cattle Baron Brian Keith, who has a ball in this role topped with red beard and mustache and heavy Scottish accent.

    Stewart portrays a version of his "hardened" loner that he excelled at in his collaborations with director Anthony Mann, and is adept here. The role is not as great as I would have hoped for he appears off and on throughout the second half, with Keith and O'Hara taking center stage, but he's good as usual.

    O'Hara is charming in her role and has alot of conviction as the woman determined to prove herself right that her bull will properly breed.

    The film is certainly entertaining with a good pace and good cast but it has it's faults. For one thing the line between Comedy and Drama is not always so clear.

    Jack Elam is portrayed as his usual villainous self, but with a seemingly comical nature. When he guns down Harry Carey Jr. in cold blood at one point, which causes Stewart to shoot him off his horse, it feels out of place.
    Same with that fight between Keith and Stewart at film's close. Was that supposed to be an important dramatic moment or was it comedic? Either way, it hardly works.

    At times the cinematography and locations look lovely. At other times it is apparent that we are in a studio. This is a result of some sloppy editing that can ruin a film's atmosphere and this film does get hurt as a result of this.

    It's certainly entertaining though, but those expecting an Action film or a Comedic light hearted romp may be a bit perplexed. Fans of the genre should give this a glance, as it has some top notch performances and a unique plot if nothing else.
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