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Chisum

1970



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 Written by
Andrew J. Fenady Writer

 Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen



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 Release Date
July 23, 1970

 Runtime
1 hours and 51 minutes (111 minutes)

 Cast
John Wayne
  John Simpson Chisum
Forrest Tucker
  Lawrence Murphy
Christopher George
  Dan Nodeen
Ben Johnson
  James Pepper
Glenn Corbett
  Pat Garrett
Andrew Prine
  Alex McSween
Bruce Cabot
  Sheriff Brady
Patric Knowles
  Henry Tunstall
Richard Jaeckel
  Jess Evans
Lynda Day George
  Sue McSween
Geoffrey Deuel
  Billy 'The Kid' Bonney
Pamela McMyler
  Sallie Chisum
John Agar
  Amos Patton
Lloyd Battista
  Neemo
Robert Donner
  Bradley Morton
Christopher Mitchum
  Tom O'Folliard
John Kelly
  Minister (uncredited)


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Per Gunnar Jonsson

Maybe it is because I grew up with watching John Wayne (my father was a big fan of western movies) but I still really like these old goodies with John Wayne. Actually there are few movies with John Wayne that I do not like even though all of them are rather outdated in this age of overkill action and special effects.

This is definitely one of the better ones. John Wayne is doing what he does best. That is playing a slightly grumpy, hard-hitting cowboy. The role of Chisum is really perfect for John Wayne. That is not to say that the others are not doing a decent performance but it is really John Wayne that makes this movie.

The movie itself is a fairly standard land-grabbing, cattle-steeling and bullying western story were two men spend most of the movie working themselves towards the final confrontation which, as good western tradition prescribes, involves a hearty exchange of gunfire. Just for good measure a bit of fist fighting was thrown in as well.

There is nothing special with the story, there is nothing special with the acting, there is nothing special with the footage. It is just that everything is what I would expect, or at least hope for, in this kind of movie. The entire movie is just right in some old-fashioned way. The fact that the ending is reasonably happy is of course an additional plus.

This movie is simply great uncomplicated entertainment.



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