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Winchester '73 (1950)

James Stewart , Shelley Winters , Anthony Mann  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Rock Hudson
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Writers: Robert L. Richards, Borden Chase
  • Producers: Aaron Rosenberg
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLV5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Winchester '73" on IMDb

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You can't always judge a DVD extra by its description. On the DVD debut of Anthony Mann's touchstone Western, the only extras listed are "Theatrical Trailer" and "Jimmy Stewart Interview." The latter would lead one to believe there is a short interview with the star. However, when you select the bonus feature, the movie starts again, this time with a full-length commentary by Stewart interviewed by Paul Lindenschmidt as they watched the film at Universal Studios. Recorded in 1989 for the laserdisc release of the movie, the Q&A session covers the movie, Stewart's career in general, and his place in the Western genre in particular. It's a lovely 90 minutes with Stewart; one just wonders why the commentary isn't properly advertised as such. The print is the same as the laserdisc--very good, but not spectacular. --Doug Thomas

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It's the legendary James Stewart at his leading-man finest in this timeless western that set the standard for all that followed. Frontiersman Lin McAdam (Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester '73, as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters, including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea), an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire), a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam's own murderous brother (Stephen McNally). Featuring Shelley Winters as the rifle's only rival for McAdam's interest and Tony Curtis in one of his first screen performances, the gripping tale of the men (and gun) who won the West is one of Stewart's most memorable films and one of the genre's most enduring classics.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Stewart/Mann Teaming a CLASSIC! June 15, 2003
Winchester '73 is one of the most enduring and popular films of James Stewart's career, for several reasons; it was the first of five teamings with brilliant, underrated director Anthony Mann, who retooled Stewart's drawling, 'aw-shucks' persona into a laconic, edgier, more flawed hero; it featured a brilliant cast, including Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, John McIntyre, and, in VERY early appearances, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis; visually, it is spectacular, one of the most beautiful Black and White films ever made, with deep-focus photography highlighting rugged Arizona settings that literally leap from the screen; and, most of all, it is a terrific variation of 'Cain and Abel', told through the premise of the search for a 'one-of-a-kind' rifle Stewart wins in a competition, then loses through treachery. It's the kind of film that offers new insights each time you view it, as the actions and motivations of 'good' brother Stewart and 'bad' brother McNally become better understood.
What truly makes this DVD an 'essential', though, is the bonus track...Described as an 'interview' with Stewart, it is actually an audio commentary that runs through the film, offering not only his reflections about the making of Winchester '73, but insights about his career, working with John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and his great friends Henry Fonda and John Wayne, even a nice story about his long-time mount, Pie. Recorded several years ago for the laserdisc edition of Winchester '73, it provides a rare opportunity to hear a screen legend reminisce (and makes you wish Wayne and Fonda had lived long enough to have offered personal observations about THEIR classic films!)
This is a DVD NOT to be missed!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Mann creates a classic July 19, 2004
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The story goes that in 1950 Jimmy Stewart was looking around for something a little different for himself, something where he could play a character less folksy and warm. He sure did find it in this film, as well as all the other magnificent westerns he did with gritty, noir director, Anthony Mann (T-Men, Raw Deal, Railroaded, etc). This is the first of their collaborations.

When the film was first shown to test audiences, there were titters in the crowd when Jimmy Stewart's name appeared in the credits. "Mr. Smith" in a western? Shooting people? Please. By the end of the film, the tittering was all done and Stewart had established himself as a viable western hero (although in truth the magic of these Mann/Stewart westerns is that the characters Stewart plays are hardly "heroic." They are usually driven, neurotic men, nearly shifty-eyed, with a mean streak a mile wide - bitter men, and always very, very angry and eager to kill.

The basic set-up of this film is beautifully simple: Jimmy Stewart has a prize rifle stolen from him, a Winchester Model 1873 (which at the time the film takes place was state-of-the-art in the world of firearms), and he spends the rest of the movie hunting the man that stole it.

The story unfolds, however, as the movie rolls quickly along to something much more complex, culminating in one of the finest shootouts in movie history. The two principal actors of the film, James Stewart and Stewart McNally, spent a great deal of time practicing with their rifles (in Stewart's case Mann often found him walking around the set with bleeding knuckles, the results of his hours of self-training working the classic lever-action Winchester). Their hard work paid of in a tremendous realism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `My mistake. I shot THROUGH it...' May 8, 2003
This movie can do no wrong in my book.
Two greats, Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart, team up to deliver this two-fister about an obsessed man tracking a killer from his own past while his friend Millard Mitchell does his best to keep him from going over the edge. Shelly Winters does a nice turn as the poor gal. Stephen McNally is oily as the main bad guy, and Dan Duryea comes off like Johnny Udo (from the original Kiss Of Death) in chaps.
The story really heats up when Stewart wins a shooting contest in which Wyatt Earp officiates (watch for the postage stamp across the nickel - some heroic marskmanship here) and gets his prized Winchester rifle stolen for his trouble. The Winchester does a hot potato act between badmen and Indians (Rock Hudson shows up as a war chief, in a scene where Tony Curtis dons the blue wool as a cavalry buck), and finally winds up in a climactic, hair raising shootout in a jumble of rocks above the desert. You can FEEL the bullets whizzing by.
Especially love the scene where Lin encounters Waco Johnnie Dean (read: Johnny Udo)in a bar and displays a decided lack of patience for the young bad man's showboating... There aren't many places to find good old Jimmy Stewart coming off harder (but do try `Flight Of The Phoenix'!).
PS - This DVD is a good buy - the print they used tends to be a little less than pristine here and there, but it has got a commentary track with Jimmy Stewart on it! How did they do this? It seems Jimmy might have been watching the Laserdisc. His anecdotes about the old studio system and incites into acting are great. Especially like the stories about his hat (used in various westerns for twenty years) and horse, Pie (same as above).
"Huh...this laser thing is very interesting..." Jimmy Stewart.
Great suprise. Great DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a "great" western but definitely very good
Make no mistake, in spite of the many five star reviews, this isn't one of the 'great' westerns ("Searchers" or "High Noon" or "Shane" or "Ride the HIgh... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Charles Sloden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good western........:0)
Absolutely love westerns, and this is a good one..........Good ending, as well......:0) Would recommend it to anyone....... Read more
Published 16 days ago by JoyceFL50
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy
Every child & adult will enjoy this book. Fast read & so enjoyable. Highly recommend. I hope to read sequels.
Published 29 days ago by Charla E. McKernan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good western-period
The story is basic and very well played. Jimmy Stewart gives a great performance as expected. He's one of my favorite of all time whch is probably a common feeling among people who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the story of the Winchester Rifle Model 1873, 'The gun that...
"To cowman, outlaw, peace officer or soldier, the Winchester '73 was a treasured possession. An Indian would sell his soul to own one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Edward Merrell, Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars Can You Say Cliche?
Leonard Maltin gives this dated oater three and a half stars and calls it a landmark He could not have seen it in a quarter century. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Western lover
Jimmy Stewart is great in this part as he is in most but especially westerns. The quality of the movie was great. Couldn't ask for more.
Published 2 months ago by Beverly Telschow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Cool to have the opportunity to watch this great movie again. I hated to see our local movie rental store go out of business, but I don't remember ever seeing this film there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Ireally liked this movie i wish it was in color it would be greater Ihave a 1873 winchester rifleso this movie fit
Published 3 months ago by ken hook
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all around western.
Great actors and good plot. I would like to have that gun too! Rock Hudson is a poor excuse for an Indian though.
Published 4 months ago by Leo J. Rodrigue
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