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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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A senator returns to a Western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins.


  • James Stewart
  • John Wayne
  • Vera Miles
  • Lee Marvin
  • Edmond O'Brien
  • Andy Devine
  • Woody Strode
  • Jeanette Nolan
  • Ken Murray
  • John Qualen

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In a few characters and a gripping story, Ford dramatizes the debate about guns that still continues in many Western states. That he does this by mixing in history, humorous supporting characters and a poignant romance is typical; his films were complete and self-contained in a way that approaches perfection. Without ever seeming to hurry, he doesn't include a single gratuitous shot.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It’s both the most romantic of Westerns and the greatest American political movie. But the movie is also romantic in another, intimate way—it’s a great love story and a painful triangle, involving the tenderfoot lawyer (James Stewart), his gunslinger friend (John Wayne), and the woman they both love (Vera Miles).

Richard Brody
The New Yorker