20 February 2011

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)


When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
So basically: Senator Ransom Stoddard returns to Shinbone, a small Western town, with his wife to attend an old friend's funeral. There, the local newspaper wants to get an exclusive interview on who exactly this old friend, Tom Doniphon, is. Senator Stoddard recounts his yearly days in Shinbone, when he was a young lawyer from the east, and his feud with local gangster Liberty Valance.

Can I just say that Tom Doniphon is a douche? This is the only movie I've paid attention to with John Wayne in it, and I'm not impressed. I just wanted to punch him. The rest of the movie was good. Jimmy Stewart was again perfect for the role - I wonder if he was at all like that in real life ... Anyway, despite its Westernness, it's well paced and kept my attention.

So, yup, I think it does deserve to be on the list.

Ziggi seal of approval!


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