Chisum

Chisum

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

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

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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 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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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:
05/19/1998
UPC:
0085391518235
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video

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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Chisum 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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This movie has all the classic cliche lines, from 'Ah, senor, there has been a mistake.' 'You made it.' to 'We may be neighbors, but I don't have to be neighborly.' But guess what? With the Duke saying them, they work! Yes, the history is a bit iffy, but the story is great. The West wasn't really this way - but it should have been!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no way to turn off the voice-over of Andrew V. McLaglen. His voice drowns out the actors throughout. There is no way to shut off the special features of Mr. McLaglen giving his personal opinions. Minimal movie sound exists. Sad....
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I was never a John Wayne fan because my parents never watched them.. But after watching McLintock and Chism.. I am a huge fan of John Wayne.. DYK.. it was filmed in Durango, Mexico for only $4.4 million dollars and Wayne only used 1 production company for ALL his movies.. Great movie.. BUY IT TODAY
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John Wayne gives a superb performance especially if you are a fan. He portrays John Chisum and in the process gives a marginal man the cinematic prowess that only the Duke can lend to another man. Even better than seeing Wayne at his best (or close, if you want his best check out Big Jake or McClintock and that is including is long overdue Oscar for True Grit ) is getting to watch Ben Johnson doing what he always did best, support. In Chisum, he was wonderful, almost as good as he was in the Undeafeated or The Last Picture Show. He portrayed the man behind Chisum, the friend, but more importantly the one who always backed his friend. The soundtrack is above par as well and for anbody who has not had the opportunity to see this movie, I encourage you to try it out. If you don't want to buy, you will once you see it. AMC runs it every now and then.