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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

By 21st March 2006 No Comments

This 1962 John Ford Western sees two of the greats pitted together for the first time. The mere thought of a John Wayne and James Stewart western was enough to make me want to see this let alone reading the amazing plot. This film is in black & white which was a surprise considering they had been making colour films since the 1930’s, and although not everything was in colour the bigger budgeted films opted for colour as it attracted more of an audience.

James Stewart plays Senator Ransom Stoddard who is famous for gunning down a notorious outlaw named “Liberty Valance”. He returns to a small town to go to his friend’s (John Wayne’s) funeral but ends up giving an interview telling the truth behind his “legendary” story as “The Man who shot Liberty Valance” and we go back in time and see everything.

I thought The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was a really good film, all actors were brilliant in my opinion, they really got you on the characters side and had you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The plot was really well thought out and both Wayne and Stewart did the genre proud.