The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Rated NR

A senator returns to a western town for the funeral of an old friend and tells the story of his origins. Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Vera Miles.

This film is a slow-paced western; it doesn’t have much action. It’s just a man telling a story of the past. Wayne and Stewart both play their usual characters flawlessly. The film is a clean and idealistic vision of the west. It’s the political story of the future where two men fight against each other. One is “shoot now, talk later,” and the other leans more toward reasoning with the criminal to avoid violence. It’s not the greatest story, and it’s not the best from Wayne, Stewart, or the director, John Ford. The pacing is rather slow for a western, making it hard to focus on the story. While it’s not the best these filmmakers have made, it’s still an interesting story with great acting, making it worth the watch.

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