Together For The First Time
Behind the camera? John Ford, a director whose name is synonymous with Westerns. Gathered in front of it? An ideal cast – James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance rides into town as a classic entry in Paramounts long line of action-packed Westerns. Director Ford brings us to the lawless frontier village of Shinbone, a town plagued by a larger than life nemesis, Liberty Vallance (Marvin).
Stewart plays the bungling but charming big city lawyer determined to rid Shinbone of Valance and he finds that he has an unlikely ally in the form of a rugged local rancher (Wayne). The two men also share the same love interest (Miles). But when the final showdown becomes inevitable, one of the two will attempt to get the gunman and the other one will wind up getting the gal.
- " Hence, contrary to expectations of realist films, this western stands out for how comprehensive a town and a world it manages to build around its central event. " – CJ Sheu
- " The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) was another nostalgic and memorable B/W John Ford-directed film about the passing of the Old West and the rise of civilization – it was his last great film. " – Tim Dirks (AMC Filmsite)
- " Merely one of the greatest Westerns ever made, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a genuine masterpiece, notable for (among other attributes) the immortal line, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” " – Matt Brunson