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Nine disparate travelers are thrust together on a Stagecoach destined for Apache territory...and movie immortality. As the Ringo Kid, director John Ford casr a lanky veteran of 70 B-movies, serials and shorts named John Wayne. Each rifle shot and closeup rang out the news: a new star is born. Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell (his Academy Award?-winning* performance) and others made memorable imptressions. Stunt legend Yakima Canutt provided hair-raising thrilles. And 17 American folk songs formed the basis of an Oscar?-winning* score. This adventure ushered in a 30-year era of great Westerns, many featuring its top practitioners ? Ford and Wayne.
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Scott Eyman
Documentary:AMERICAN MASTERS: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend
Featurette:Stagecoach: A Story of Redemption
TV Spot:May 4, 1946 Academy Award Theater Broadcast
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : John Ford
- Media Format : Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : June 6, 2006
- Actors : John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : John Ford
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B000F0UUJ6
- Writers : Ben Hecht, Dudley Nichols, Ernest Haycox
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Customer Reviews:
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The package with the two discs is terrific and there is interesting material on disc 2. Good value !
Doc Boone, "Ringo didn't I fix your broken arm?"
Ringo, "No that was my brother, you did a great job considering you was drunk"
Doc Boone beaming, "Professional compliments are always pleasing"
The movie itself is a great character study. Those that have the appearance of strength perhaps due to position or wealth are tested under stress and those that appear weak or labeled bad have great fortitude, which shows that one cannot judge someone by what they have or who they appear to be.
Stars were born in this film, John Wayne was rescued from western B movie oblivion (and personal exile from John Ford) and Claire Tevor was elevated to Oscar status. Thomas Mitchell excels as a hopelessly drunk frontier doctor, John Carradine is brilliant as a gentlemanly gambler of ill repute, and the practically forgotten Andy Devine is a commanding comic presence. Stagecoach is often credited for raising the western genre beyond a mere action vehicle and it's hard to dispute the evidence herein. This is truly one of the Great American Movies, (and a Great American "Road" Movie) on every level.
Each of the main actors (on the stagecoach) is more or less an archetype, & yet, there are subtleties as well as "broad strokes" within some of these characters which are very revealing. No spoilers here---watch & enjoy the action as it unfolds!
Top reviews from other countries
It`s also a very entertaining movie – everyone of a certain age remembers seeing this on TV and it still holds viewers (or, at least this one) spellbound as the stagecoach and it`s motley band of travellers makes it`s journey through hostile Apache country.
I`ve always loved the way it ends – but you`ll need to buy the disc to see that if you don`t know the film.
The standard UK DVD release has subtitles, but no extras.
There is a beautifully restored version available from Criterion which is probably the one for serious movie buffs to go for; I am content with this Universal Pictures edition, rather poor transfer though it is – the original studio print was destroyed – the Criterion restoration was from a print in Wayne`s private archive.
My rating is 5 stars for the film, but I`ve deducted a star for the picture quality.
A Band of misfits are set up to undertake a journey together. The characters are great and so is the dialogue, the direction, our rag bag bunch include a convict a drunk doctor, a sheriff, a priest and a whore. John Wayne is the tough hero, the Indians are savage and war like. There's some really good splashes of music which work well during the wagon chase scene and the final climax pretty much defines this genera.
Don't expect any dvd extras in this version.