Shane 1953. This historical movie is a favorite and moving western for all ages. Directed by George Stevens, adapted from the novel by Jack Schaefer.
Gunfighter Shane, (Alan Ladd) arrives on his horse at a homesteaders place who is defending his land from an intimidating cattleman Ryker (Emile Meyer) who is trying to push the homesteader Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) off of his land.
While defending the family, he scares the Cattleman away and builds a relationship with Joe and his wife Marian (Jean Arthur).
Joe's young son Joey (Brnadon de Wilde) is captivated by Shane's quiet but manly strength and the way He handles a pistol.
He accepts Joe's offer for a job as a hired hand and becomes good friends with the family.
After hearing of another homesteaders death from the bullying of Ryker, Joe is determined to go and defend what is rightfully his.
He stops him with a fight wanting to defend the family and not letting Joe risk his life, he takes out after Ryker and his powerful gang.
He gives you the feeling of the classic Tale of Two Cities with an western rustic Wyoming feeling about it. This is a classic romantic, western, adventure movie.
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1954 Academy Awards¨
Best Cinematography Color
Best Supporting Actor nominee: Brandon de Wilde
Best Picture nominee
Best Writing nominee
Best Supporting Actor nominee: Jack Palance
Best Director nominee: George Stevens
Best Actor nominee: Van Heflin
Best Film nominee
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The american cow boy is something that is american and heroic.
He defends a family that have a hard time defending themselves from selfish evil men.
Joe's wife makes a comment that they would all be better off if there wasn't a single gun left in their valley, he comments back, "A gun is as good or bad as a man using it".
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