John Wayne stars as John Simpson Chisum, "King of the Pecos" and themost powerful man in 1870s New Mexico Territory in this Western looselybased on a true story.Chisum has built a cattle empire while battling rustlers, disease,Indians and the land itself. But a ruthless land speculator and acorrupt sheriff threaten everything for which he has worked. Now to savehis empire, Chisum enlists the help of the Wild West's most infamousduo--Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.]]>
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Chisum is friends with another rich cattleman, a Northeasterner Henry Tunstall. Tunstall just happens to employ a certain young man named Billy Bonney AKA Billy the Kid. Tunstall is a man of God who tries to get Billy to change his lawless ways. Billy finds himself at odds with Chisum due to a romantic interest that forms between he and his niece Sally. EVentually a couple of crooked deputies kill Tunstall claiming he pulled a gun on them. Billy in turn kills the town sheriff setting off an all out war between the various factions leading to a climactic fight between Chisum and Murphy.
The movie does play quite loose with the various facts of the real life Lincoln County war especially with Kid's relation ship with Pat Garrett. The cast was very strong in this film and includes old Wayne co-hort Ben Johnson as "pepper", Chisums friend who mutters his opinion just under his breath all the time. Glen Corbett is the blue steel-eyed Pat Garrett, and Geoffrey Duel is Billy the Kid. Another of the Duke's old pals Bruce Cabot plays the Sheriff, and Chris George is along as the new sadistic Sheriff Nodeen.Read more ›
Ben Johnson steals the show as James Pepper, his sidekick who has been with him through thick and thin. Two classic examples are when Chisum prepares to ride down to the river to retrieve his horses from the thieves. He says, "I'm going down there. The rest of you cover me with your long guns." As he starts down, Pepper is right behind him, and as Chisum starts to talk, Pepper responds, "I heard you Mister Chisum, but I ain't the rest of 'em," indicating he wasn't just another hired hand.
Another example is when Pepper says, "Would you like to hear my opinion Mr. John Simpson Chisum?" Wayne replies, "Nope," and Pepper never checks up, "Well, my opinion is. . ." He knew he could speak his peace and get away with it. And, as it turns out, his opinion was right on the money.
Wayne and Johnson had known each other for so long and knew their roles that their chemistry on screen was just plain natural. Several times in the movie, Pepper is mumbling about something, and Chisum is always on his case.
The script gives Wayne plenty of chances to express himself as only he could do through the years. When the head of the horse thieves says, "There must be some mistake," Wayne replies, "You made it." And when the thug asks if he brought gold or silver to buy the horses back, Wayne simply replies, "Just lead."
And don't forget when Lawrence Murphy said he felt like Chisum was threatening him. Wayne promptly decks him and says, "Wrong word! Fact!Read more ›
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Is there any John Wayne movie that isn't great and this was before greenscreenPublished 11 days ago by JAMES BAHEN
Great John Wayne movie. I had it on DVD but the blu ray version is excellent.Published 11 days ago by D. Coleman
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