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Andrew V. McLaglen directs the Western drama The Rare Breed, based on the real-life introduction of English Hereford cattle to the American West in the 1880s. Maureen O'Hara plays Martha Price, an widowed Englishwoman who convinces rancher Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) to use her new cattle breed. James Stewart stars as ranch hand Sam Burnett, a rambler who agrees to take the rare bull to Texas in order to breed it with the longhorns. He also accepts a bribe along the way from the lawless Taylor (Alan Caillou). ...
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Andrew V. McLaglen directs the Western drama The Rare Breed, based on the real-life introduction of English Hereford cattle to the American West in the 1880s. Maureen O'Hara plays Martha Price, an widowed Englishwoman who convinces rancher Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) to use her new cattle breed. James Stewart stars as ranch hand Sam Burnett, a rambler who agrees to take the rare bull to Texas in order to breed it with the longhorns. He also accepts a bribe along the way from the lawless Taylor (Alan Caillou). The determined Martha and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) demand to go along for the trip, leading to Burnett having to rescue them from several bouts of Western-style danger. Soon Bowen loses faith in the breeding idea, but Burnett has grown to believe in the bull. The bull dies after the harsh winter, but Burnett saves one of its calves. He and Martha decide to start their own cattle ranch. Meanwhile, Hilary begins a romance with Bowen's son Jamie (Don Galloway). Also starring Jack Elam as swindler Deke Simons.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A middling Western, The Rare Breed at least gets points for focusing on an unusual (for a Hollywood Western) subject -- the cross-breeding of cattle, actually a very important chapter in the creation and sustenance of the American West. This in itself, of course, is not enough to sustain an entire film, and so screenwriter Richard Hardman has created a story that has all the elements for action and suspense. It has all the elements, as I say -- but somehow the elements don't really come together in a satisfying way. You watch Breed and understand how all the parts fit together, but they feel forced. At its heart, Breed seems to want to be less about plot and more about character, especially the character of Sam Burnett. But Burnett isn't interesting enough or complex enough to carry that much weight, which causes Breed to get a little bogged down. Andrew V. McLaglen's hamhanded direction doesn't help matters, especially when he goes overboard during the climactic search for the calf scene. As Burnett, Jimmy Stewart is good, but not as good as one expects him to be; he seems a bit distanced from the character. Maureen O'Hara comes off much better, as does Brian Keith (in spite of a sometimes-bizarre accent), but the best performance is Juliet Mills', which is fresh and engaging, and which mines humor that others might have missed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/1995
  • UPC: 096898032230
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Sam Burnett
Maureen O'Hara Martha Evans
Brian Keith Alexander Bowen
Juliet Mills Hilary Price
Jack Elam Deke Simons
Don Galloway Jamie Bowen
David Brian Charles Ellsworth
Ben Johnson Jeff Harter
Harry Carey Jr. Ed Mabry
Perry Lopez Juan
Larry Domasin Alberto
Alan Caillou Taylor
Gregg Palmer Rodenbush
Barbara Werle Gert
James O'Hara Sagamon
Tex Armstrong Barker
Buff Brady Stunt player
Bob Gravage Cattle Buyer
John Harris Stunt player
Leroy Johnson Stunt player
Charles Lampkin Porter
Ted Mapes Liveiryman
Buddy Van Horn Stunt player
Larry Blake Auctioneer
Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
William Alland Producer
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Ric Hardman Screenwriter
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Terry Morse Jr. Asst. Director
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Alfred Ybarra Art Director
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