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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 It exemplifies principles and values that unfortunately have become outdated in today's society such as, character, integrity, loyalty, pride in accomplishment, persistence and the willingness to fight for what is right.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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great quality, the views of the valley were breathtaking and the best saloon fight of all time. This is really the inspiration for the movie Pale Rider.Published 2 days ago by MAT
I watched this movie for the first time on Saturday. My mother and I went to visit my grandmother in a rehab facility for her broken femur. Read morePublished 8 days ago by George Ponick
Nothing like an Alan Ladd movie!!! Wish you had more of them like: Desert Legion (in USA format), Wild Harvest, Salty O'Rourke and Hell on Frisco Bay.Published 9 days ago by Dolores Kott
I think if you don't already know this movie is one of the best ever made; you need to see it quickly. :)Published 17 days ago by TLTrue
A wonderful re-enactment of western frontier life. Excellent performances.Published 25 days ago by robfranjo
This is another western that you will never forget. Color, picture are very good.Published 25 days ago by C6
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