Shane

Shane

DVD - 2000
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A drifter and retired gunfighter assists a homestead family terrorized by an aging cattleman and his hired gun.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, 2000, c1952.
ISBN: 9780792163701
0792163702
9780792163718
0792163710
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372/SHANE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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TheSandoz
Jul 10, 2017

The dazzling cinematography that explores the bucolic and idyllic landscapes, together with the strong ensemble cast, contributes to make this an unforgettable Western tale about a complex, divided hero and the relationship that he develops with a peaceful family.

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Gizmo_Joe
Oct 24, 2016

I quite liked this 1952 Western. Compared to Westerns of today - It's story is really tame and very low-key. But I thought actor Alan Ladd was very well-cast in his role as the title character.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 20, 2016

This is considered "One of the best Westerns"...Let me tell you, it was terrible. No action, no story and terrible unlikable characters. Skip this and watch something by Clint Eastwood.

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garycornell
Jan 18, 2015

One of the best Western Films ever made. Director George Stevens should receive much of the credit. He selected an impressive cast that include Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, and Edgar Buchanan. No one could have been better than Alan Ladd as Shane. A gunslinger who wants to get a regular job on the farm with Van Heflin, Jean Arthur and their son Brandon de Wilde. As Shane, Alan Ladd, has both the confidence of a gunfighter and the compassion of a farmer. Brandon de Wilde is great as the son of about 10 years old who idolizes Shane. The movie was shot in Jackson Hole , Wyoming, which turns out to be a picturesque location for a western. The color photography of the cast and area around Jackson Hole will amaze you. This is truly a one of a kind Western!! I won't forget the memory of such a great script and cast all working together to make a Western Masterpiece!

Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 03, 2015

Ah, yes!.... Movies and the Myth of the American Cowboy.

I would confidently venture to say that Shane is one of the very best Western movies ever made. It's definitely a film that ranks right up there with other spectacular Western classics such as The Searchers and High Noon.

Released in 1953, Shane proved to be one of the most successful Westerns of that particular decade.

Shane's story is set in the Nevada Badlands, at the time when settlers were first arriving there to build their farms and homes.

Actor Alan Ladd plays Shane, an aging, disillusioned gun-slinger who has, pretty much, hung up his guns for good and taken to the life of a solitary drifter. In this fleeting episode of Shane's life we find our weary hero encountering unexpected trouble along the long and lonely trail.

Alan Ladd is truly exceptional as the mysterious loner/cowboy named Shane.

This classic Western is, without a doubt, a cut above the rest.

jpozenel Jul 07, 2014

One of the great westerns of all time. Maybe the greatest.

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22950006357453
Jun 07, 2014

come back shane, come back!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 30, 2013

I know it's a classic western, but it's a little slow and old fashioned. Jack Palance's bad guy is the highlight.

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jswolfmcguire
Oct 28, 2013

Great performances all around, some not mentioned here, like Elisha Cook, as the little rebel shot in the mud. He actually was injured in his neck shooting that scene by being pulled back by a cable as he was shot. Alan Ladd is fine except for the last speech to the kid which came out corny, and they had to shoot him standing on a box so that Jean Arthur could look up to him. He had a huge thing about being short and sadly ended up drinking heavily later in life. But, Jack Palance is the main reason I watch this every few years. He snarls, smirks, and slithers his way through the role---and should have won an Oscar for it. Just his silent presence at the cabin and in the saloon makes you cringe. By the way, it's shot and located in Wyoming, near the Grand Tetons, where they still have remains of the cabin.

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Monolith
Nov 04, 2012

Well said, Mr. Derringer. This is vintage Americana. At its core, and at its best. Alan Ladd's tour de force, as the weary and outnumbered lone wolf, fighting for what's right. Not loud -- softspoken. Grateful. Loyal. Protecting the honest hardworking Starrett family from the filth and scum. A class act. A phenomenal Western, soup to nuts, directed by George Stevens. From the gorgeous cinematography (mountainous backdrop) to the tumultuous musical score, this film wants for nothing. The adoring kid who played little Joey was... adorable, and really depicts a largely memorable part of the movie. An outstanding barfight sequence, with the odds against Shane and Starrett, and they smile at each other. Even the dog cowered (twice!) from skull-faced villain Jack Palance... he was perfect for the role. Ah... I can't say enough, and I've said too much. This movie kicks @ss. FIVE STARS.

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Monolith
Nov 04, 2012

Rufus Ryker (of Joe Starrett): "...I'll kill him if I have to." Jack Wilson: "You mean I'll kill him if you have to."

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Monolith
Nov 04, 2012

Joey: "Shane!!! Come back!!!"

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