The Golden Corral: A Roundup of Magnificent Western Films
A perfect blend of characterization, action and poetic images, John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) made "A" Westerns a viable product for Hollywood in the sound era. By 1990, the Western had again been on a downswing when Dances with Wolves became both a critical and commercial success. This work examines these two films and twelve others--Red River, High Noon, Shane, The Searchers, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Alamo, The Magnificent Seven, Ride the High Country, How the West Was Won, The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Unforgiven--that hold unique spots in the genre's history. Full filmographic data are provided for each, along with an essay that blends plot synopsis, historical perspectives and the movie's place in the Western genre.
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Academy Award Alamo bandits Best Actor Billy Bowie brother buffalo Burt Butch Cassidy cattle Chris Clanton Cleve Comanches Costner cowboys Crockett Dances with Wolves Debbie Dimitri Tiomkin Doc Holliday drama Dunson Eastwood Elsa epic Ethan farmers fight film's filmmaker Gunfight gunmen Harry Heck hero High Noon Home Video horse Howard Hawks Indian Jack James Joey John Ford John Sturges John Wayne Kicking Bird killed lawman Lilith Linus Magnificent Seven Mapache marshal Martin Matt McCrea Mexican Morgan movie Munny Music Score novel O.K. Corral Old West Oscar nomination outlaws Peckinpah Pike played Prescott Producer ranch Randolph Scott Red River Ride the High Ringo Robert role Sam Peckinpah scene screen Screenplay Searchers Shane sheriff shoot shot Sioux soldiers Stagecoach star Steve story Sturges television Texas town trail Travis Unforgiven United Artists village wagon Warner Bros Wayne's Western films Western genre Wild Bunch William Wyatt Earp