Winchester '73

Winchester '73

DVD - 2003
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An engaging frontiersman attempts to track down his father's murderer and the whereabouts of his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester '73, as it passes among a rogue's gallery of owners including a crazed highwayman, an immoral gunrunner, a young Indian chief, and Stewart's own murderous brother.

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voisjoe1_0
Jan 06, 2018

This is the first of five westerns in which Anthony Mann directed James Steward as a somewhat cynical hard-boiled cowboy. These films started the movement of the western genre from simple cowboy vs Indians or cowboys rob stagecoaches rob banks to stories with social and psychologicall themes. Rock Hudson plays an Indian leader (this was during the period that Hollywood included non-whites only in servant or buffoon roles). Will Geer would soon be blacklisted during the McCarthy period and thus not allowed in Hollywood films. When dropped from the blacklist, Geer would play Grandpa for 10 years in the TV series "The Waltons." Tony Curtis in an early role is credited as Anthony Curtis.

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VonHafenstaaad
Oct 02, 2017

One of my western favorites.

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ManMachine
Sep 29, 2017

Bang! Bang! Shoot'em up!

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TheeAvebury
Aug 22, 2017

Enjoyable Western- one of the best starring Jimmy Stewart.

tomato May 24, 2016

Great Western. Love Jimmy Stewart.

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Onewhoissaved
May 21, 2016

"Winchester 73", 1950. This is a hard boiled western with no room of the faint of heart: it's dog eat dog from scene one to the end. Bad guys with names like Waco Johnnie Dean and Dutch Henry Brown. Everybody ready to shoot to kill. James Stewart excellently portrays a an with a normal name but an inner hate that I wouldn't want for myself. There is quite a supporting cast of actors who went onto stardom themselves, like Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis (Anthony Curtis here).

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garycornell
Aug 17, 2014

There are few westerns in my opinion better than "Winchester "73". I know more about that riffle now than I ever expected. Thanks to Director Anthony Mann who is teamed here with Jimmy Stewart. He and Stewart made many well regarded westerns together. The rest of the cast is great with Dan Duryea, Will Geer, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis. Shelley Winters even gets into the movie as a saloon singer. She adds a little levity to the film. The story takes place in Dodge City and every part of the city looks just as it had originally. The town is a haven for all the worst crooks, swindlers, and gun men in the West.
I think you will be surprised at how tough Jimmy Stewart could be. This is one of the best stories of the west that I have seen on film.

kevfarley Feb 24, 2014

Classic Stewart.

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son_of_puddleglum
Jan 11, 2014

This is one of the best western films made. It's rugged, violent (1950's style), and Stewart is fantastic. It's a great showcase for the rifle that won the west.

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Monolith
Oct 29, 2012

Fantastic Western directed by Anthony Mann, with an innovative, elaborate plot, following Jimmy Stewart as he hunts down his nasty lifelong nemesis, starting in Dodge City. Great cast. Will Geer as a cordial Wyatt Earp; Shelley Winters as the doe-eyed saloon singer Lola Manners; Dan Duryea oozing sleaze as Waco Johnny Dean; bit parts from Rock Hudson (almost unrecognizable) as Young Bull and Tony Curtis as a cavalry soldier. Just an excellent film, start to finish. FIVE STARS.

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Monolith
Oct 29, 2012

Waco Johnny Dean: "What was I saying?" Lola Manners: "You were talking about yourself." Waco Johnny Dean: "Where did I stop?" Lola Manners: "You didn't. But you can now. I already know all about Waco Johnny Dean, the fastest gun in Texas." Waco Johnny Dean: "Texas...? Lady, why limit me?"

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Monolith
Oct 29, 2012

High-Spade Frankie Wilson (of his foreseeable scalping): "It was such pretty hair... I've had it ever since I was a kid. A little thin on top... but I sure would like to keep it..."

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