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Best of John Wayne Collection: Volume  2
     

Best of John Wayne Collection: Volume 2

Director: Don Siegel, George Sherman, Henry Hathaway

Cast: John Wayne

 
Henry Hathaway directs the 1965 psychological Western The Sons of Katie Elder. Four sons reunite in their Texas hometown to attend their mother's funeral. John (John Wayne) is the gunfighter, Tom (Dean Martin) is the gambler, Matt (Earl Holliman) is the quiet one, and Bud (Michael Anderson Jr.) is the youngest. They soon learn that their father gambled away the

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Henry Hathaway directs the 1965 psychological Western The Sons of Katie Elder. Four sons reunite in their Texas hometown to attend their mother's funeral. John (John Wayne) is the gunfighter, Tom (Dean Martin) is the gambler, Matt (Earl Holliman) is the quiet one, and Bud (Michael Anderson Jr.) is the youngest. They soon learn that their father gambled away the family ranch, leading to his own murder. The brothers decide to find their father's killer and get back the ranch, even though they are discouraged to do so by local Sheriff Billy Wilson (Paul Fix). When the sheriff turns up dead, the Elder boys are blamed for the murder. Deputy Sheriff Ben Latta (Jeremy Slate) joins forces with the only witnesses of the murder: Morgan Hastings (James Gregory) and his son Dave (Dennis Hopper). A gunfight breaks out between the Hastings gang and the Elder gang. After his brother Matt is killed, John decides to settle the ranch dispute in a court of law with a judge (Sheldon Allman). However, Tom decides to take matters into his own hands by kidnapping Dave. After the final climactic gunfight, John and the wounded Bud retreat to a rooming house owned by Mary Gordon (Martha Hyer).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This suspenseful, action-packed 1971 western was a real nostalgia trip for John Wayne. Not only was it directed by George Sherman -- the man behind the camera on several of the Duke's B-western quickies back in the '30s -- but it also teamed him (for the last time) with perennial leading lady Maureen O'Hara. The Wayne of Big Jake is the iconic figure familiar to most baby-boom moviegoers: gravelly voiced, craggy, larger than life, taciturn, and yet oddly avuncular. He plays one of his typically rugged individualists, a long-gone husband who returns to abandoned wife O'Hara when their eight-year-old grandson (played by John Ethan Wayne, in real life the Duke's youngest son) is abducted. Big Jake hits the vengeance trail, hell-bent for leather and in hot pursuit of the kidnappers led by Richard Boone. There's plenty of hard riding and gunslinging before the score is settled, with nary a dull moment. Sherman's direction is facile, his job undoubtedly made easier by a well-developed script with surprisingly tart dialogue. Wayne is pretty much the same as he was in most of his '60s and '70s films, revealing his tender side in scenes with O'Hara but reverting to his hard-boiled persona in the clashes with Boone, who delivers one of his best big-screen performances. Not exactly a formula western, Big Jake nonetheless hews closely to the basic pattern of Wayne's latter-day horse operas. Slick and fast moving, it shows the legendary star still shining brightly in his twilight years.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
UPC:
0097360562743
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
5:28:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Big Jake
1. Abduction
2. Message for McCandles
3. The Plan
4. Ambushed
5. Our Own Reinforcements
6. On the Trail
7. Next Rendezvous
8. Mexican Village
9. "Smoke'em Out"
10. Ready to Go
11. Exchange
Side #2 -- The Shootist
1. J.B. Books
2. A Cancer
3. The Widow Rogers
4. "I'm Dying"
5. Mr. Dobkins
6. Laudanum
7. Full of Alone
8. A Drive in the Country
9. Attempt on Books' Life
10. Horse Trading
11. Shooting Lesson
12. Serepta
13. A Private Thing
14. The Undertaker's Offer
15. No Tears
16. Last Day
Side #3 -- The Sons of Katie Elder
1. A Train, a Stranger, a Missing Brother
2. Our Beloved Katie Elder
3. Not Looking for Trouble
4. The Elder Boys
5. Settling Ma's Affairs
6. Looking for Answers
7. What Katie Wanted
8. A No-Good Family
9. You're Going Back to School
10. Wanted for Murder
11. Filling in for Ma
12. No More Running
13. Ambushed by the Elder Gang
14. We'll Raise Him
15. Only Weaklings Break
16. Something I Have to Do

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