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How the West Was Won

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Synopsis

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Cast

  • Carroll Baker
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Henry Fonda
  • Carolyn Jones
  • Karl Malden
  • Gregory Peck
  • George Peppard
  • Robert Preston
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • James Stewart

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Spencer Tracy was only able to narrate the film rather than play a part due to his health problems.
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Goofs

  • When the wagon train, on its way to California, is attacked by Indians, it is in a mountainous area, yet the Indians are identified as Cheyenne. The Cheyenne tribe was a Great Plains tribe, and would not have been that far west.
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Quotes

    • Zebulon Prescott: O Lord, without consulting with Thee, we have sent thy way some souls whose evil ways passeth all understanding. We ask Thee humbly to receive them... whether you want them or not! Amen.
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Metacritic

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A grand folly, but lots to love.

Metacritic review by Kim Newman
Kim Newman
Empire