Chisum

Chisum

3.5 9
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen

Cast: Andrew V. McLaglen, John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George

     
 

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John Wayne toplines this biography of the cattle owner John Simpson Chisum, a controversial figure who was the most powerful man in New Mexico during the Wild West era. A founder and prominent citizen in the town of Lincoln, Chisum is slow to act when ruthless land baron Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) moves in on several local businesses and takes them over. By the… See more details below

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Overview

John Wayne toplines this biography of the cattle owner John Simpson Chisum, a controversial figure who was the most powerful man in New Mexico during the Wild West era. A founder and prominent citizen in the town of Lincoln, Chisum is slow to act when ruthless land baron Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) moves in on several local businesses and takes them over. By the time Chisum and his ally, fellow rancher Henry Tunstall (Patrick Knowles), decide to go to the law, Murphy's already bought and paid for influence there, as well. The only recourse left to the cattlemen is to take Murphy on in all-out range war that embroils everyone in the county, including Tunstall's hand Billy the Kid Bonney (Geoffrey Deuel) and his comrade Pat Garrett (Glenn Corbett). Screenwriter and producer Andrew J. Fenady based the script for Chisum (1970) on his own short story, a very loosely fact-based account of Chisum, Billy the Kid and their involvement in the Lincoln County wars.

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All Movie Guide
John Wayne was one of the few personalities who could carry a movie almost entirely on his personality, and Chisum is one of those movies. It came out in 1970, a year after Wayne won an Oscar for his self-referential role in True Grit and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch revolutionized the screen Western. Hollywood studios (behind the times as usual) continued to make the genre the old fashioned way for a few more years. Chisum follows all the traditional formulas, but, thanks to a solid performance by Wayne and some high-energy action sequences, it manages to be good entertainment. Ben Johnson is pretty standard as the comic sidekick; remarkably, this was the film before his Oscar-winning performance in The Last Picture Show. The director, Andrew McLaglen, went on to direct a number of lamentable -- though quite funny -- sequels to movies that he had nothing to do with originally, including Return From the River Kwai, Sergeant Steiner, and The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0085391158592
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
4,028

Special Features

Commentary by director Andrew V. McLaglen; Vintage featurette John Wayne and Chisum; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Japanese (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne John 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
Geoffrey Deuel Billy "The Kid" Bonney
Pamela McMyler Sallie Chisum
Patric Knowles Henry Tunstall
Richard Jaeckel Jess Evans
Lynda Day Sue McSween
John Agar Patton
Lloyd Battista Neemo
Robert Donner Morton
Ray Teal Justice Wilson
Edward Faulkner Dolan
Ron Soble Bowdre
John Mitchum Baker
Alan Baxter Gov. Axtell
Alberto Morin Delgado
William Bryant Jeff
Pedro Armendariz Ben
Christopher Mitchum O'Folliard
Abraham Sofaer White Buffalo
Gregg Palmer Riker
Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez Mexican Rancher
Glenn Langan Dudley
John M. Pickard Aggressive sergeant
Hank Worden Stage Depot Clerk
Jim Burk Actor
Eddy Donno Actor
Bob Morgan Actor
Chuck Roberson A Trail Herder
Ralph Volkie Blacksmith
Merle Haggard Singer

Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Luster Bayless Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Andrew J. Fenady Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
John Ferguson Sound/Sound Designer
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Michael J. Harte Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Michael Wayne Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chisum
1. Credits [4:01]
2. Comtemplating Change [2:20]
3. Rustlers Strike [5:04]
4. Lead for Horses [3:59]
5. Invitations Made and Refused [3:30]
6. Sallie and the McSweens [2:26]
7. Lonely Wind [2:55]
8. Ain't Like Old Times [2:26]
9. Fine Looking Couple? [2:28]
10. Pat Garrett Arrives [2:07]
11. Treachery in the Dark [2:56]
12. No Bled Enough [:47]
13. Owning the Law [4:26]
14. Influencing the Military [3:24]
15. Cain, Abel and Target Practice [2:35]
16. New Businesses [5:47]
17. Rumors About Billy [1:38]
18. Collecting Rewards [1:18]
19. Smell of Death [5:59]
20. Competition [:53]
21. Law of the Lord [3:10]
22. Pepper's Opinion [1:51]
23. Trap for Tunstall [2:12]
24. Graveside Promise [2:12]
25. Hard to Believe [1:26]
26. Pair of Killers [1:47]
27. Billy's Justice [3:44]
28. New Sheriff [2:29]
29. Murphy Learns a Fact [1:14]
30. Ultimatum for Billy [3:31]
31. Law Enforcement [2:53]
32. Revenge vs. Justice [2:12]
33. Cornered [3:37]
34. Standoff [6:03]
35. McSween's Mistake [2:35]
36. Longhorn Solution [3:02]
37. Fights to the Finish [2:54]
38. Law Sooner or Later [3:07]

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