How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won

DVD - 1999
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A western adventure spanning three generations, the breadth of a wild, unsettled country, and fifty of the most excitingly turbulent years of this nation's history.
Publisher: Burbank, CA. : Turner Entertainment, [1999]
ISBN: 9780790744698
Branch Call Number: DVD ACTION HOW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 10, 2016

I thought it was very good. James Steward is great and I loved seeing a young George Peppard. Its long, but worth it.

Jul 23, 2014

An entertaining, but also long, bloated, and sunny western that is notable for being filmed in cinerama, as well as having three directors, including the legendary John Ford. Coming in at over 2.5 hours and featuring a overture and intermission, everything about this picture announces itself as grand, and it does have some great landscapes and a ton of stars, but it feels badly dated now and a throwback to earlier, less violent times. New directors like Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah were bringing greater moral ambiguity and violence to the western and this seems committed to the mythic. The fine cast includes James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Debbie Fisher, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, and John Wayne as Gen. Sherman.

Feb 03, 2013

I enjoyed this extravaganza for the smorgasbord of fine actors of half a century ago. Sure, it's corny. But I like corny (although I must admit I fast forwarded through most of Debbie Reynolds' musical portions -- ackk!). The premise is a little scattered, but it was a perfect movie for a snowy Sunday afternoon. Beautifully filmed with some tremendous stunts. I can't even begin to fathom the buffalo stampede in its original glorious Cinerama format. The experience truly must've taken one's breath away. Bonus documentary disc on Cinerama is absolutely fascinating.


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Feb 03, 2013

Narrator: "The West that was won by its pioneers, settlers, adventurers, is long gone now. Yet it is theirs forever, for they left tracks in history that will never be eroded by wind or rain; never plowed under by tractors; never buried in the compost of events. Out of the hard simplicity of their lives -- out of their vitality, their hopes, and their sorrows, grew legends of courage and pride to inspire their children and their children's children. From soil enriched by their blood, out of their fever to explore and build, came lakes where once, were burning deserts; came the goods of the earth: mines and wheat fields, orchards and great lumber mills. All the sinews of a growing country. Out of their rude settlements, their trading posts, came cities to rank among the great ones of the world. All the heritage of a people free to dream, free to act, free to mold their own destiny."


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