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Across The Wide Missouri [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LQRYEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
Clark Gable is excellent as a mountain man who leads a company of mountain men and trappers into the Blackfoot Indian Nation to trap beaver. It has humor, drama, action, and suspense. The "Run For Your Life" scene where Gable is given a choice by the Indians to either run or be killed is classic. Ricardo Montalban is also in fine form as the Blackfoot Indian War Chief who hates the intrusion into his country by Gable and his company. A must see for Clark Gable fans. Also, if you liked the movie, "The Big Sky" with Kirk Douglas, you'll love this one.
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It is impossible to watch this at time breathtakingly beautiful movie without sadness not least because what survives is a mere fraction of the movie made by the great William Wellman -the studio interfered in the picture excising great swathes of the footage Wellman shot and adding a ponderous voice over narration declaimed in sonourous mannner by Howard Keel which adds nothing to the picture whatsoever .
It is a movie about the destruction of a way of life -that of the mountain men .The source material is a novel by Bernard de Soto which is based on the life of one such man , Flint Mitchell ,who controlled the trade with the Blackfoot Indians in the Rockies during the 1820,s .In many ways he was the very incarnation of the pioneer spirit , a trader and adventurer married to a Native American ,and the movie shows how this idyllic lifestyle is blown away by the inexorable rise of white society on the frontier as it gradually "civilises " previously virgin lands .
The society is one where whites and Indians co-exist and intermarry as a matter of course and even this comparative racial harmomy is destroyed by "society"and the violence it brings in its wake
Achingly lovely location photography make the movie a visual poem to the American landscape and it dwarves most of the players but Gable gives one of his strongest performances
This is a fascinating movie but I suspect if Wellman had been alllowed to pursue his original vision we would be talking about an acclaimed masterpiece rather than the rump left by an nervous studio
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By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
My Great Grandfather was in this movie as a French Trapper. It was great to see a man, whom I never met, on the big screen. It would be a great movie for the entire family. It has some excellent scenery shots and a great performance by Clark Gable. It combines history, comedy, and drama all wrapped into one film.
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"He was a breed of men... mountain men who lived and died in America. He used to tell me about these men he knew. Men who walked the Indian trails and blazed new ones where no man had ever been before. Men who found lakes and rivers and meadows. Men who found paths to the west and the western sea; who roamed prairies and mountains and plateaus that are now states. Men who searched for beaver and found glory. Men who died unnamed and found immortality."

The Fifties were not a good time for William Wellman, beginning and ending the decade losing control of personal projects to studio executives. Despite starring Clark Gable, who personally requested Wellman be hired, MGM were less than satisfied with 1951's Across the Wide Missouri and, to be fair, you can see their side. This tale of mountain men and free trappers in the golden days of the unopened frontier may be full of quirk and color, but the story is very thin, with Gable marrying Blackfoot woman Maria Elena Marques in the hope she'll be able to smooth things over with her tribe in the beaver-rich Blackfoot country only to find himself genuinely falling in love with her and understanding that the Blackfoot are "people who laughed and loved and dreamed" only for his brigade of trappers to become targets for Ricardo Montalban's chief-in-waiting who knows that they'll herald the loss of his people's freedom. (Montalban came out of the film even worse than Wellman, with a serious spinal injury that would leave him with pain for the rest of his life.
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Clark Gable travels into "wild" Indian territory, marries the Chief's daughter, has a son. (No more on story line ---> spoilers.... sorry!)
The story is told by the "now" adult son. Gable leads a company of mountain men in this adventure.
The film is in color, and there are some lovely vistas.
The story line is exciting.
I had not seen this film for a very long time, and did not remember much of it when I bought it. I am glad I did, and it is a welcome addition to my collection.
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Clark Gable did early American films the best of anyone. Great actor that never took a day off when he was making a move. He always seemed to put his best acting forward.

This movie is a period in our American history that young America should watch and see how it was and how we got here. You won't regret buying this movie even if it were just for the theme song.....heart stopping.
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