Monday, June 26, 2006

Stardate 60484.25 - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

So my friend Bill (who unlike me, was actually alive when this movie was released), has been making some recommendations as to some older movies that I should see. One of his recommendations was The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

I give this movie a solid 4 stars out of 5. With both John Wayne and James Stewart, the movie packed a lot of star power in its day. Not a traditional western, this "revisionist western" was very, very enjoyable. Lots of good forshadowing in the start of the movie, the relevance of which is revealed in a flashback (which is what most of the movie is). High production values (for the day) contribute to the experience. And for those trivia buffs, it was the first occasion of John Wayne calling someone "Pilgrim".

Highly recommended.


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