How the West Was Won

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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A vast, sprawling Western, shot in the short-lived three-strip Cinerama process, which chronicles the development of the American West through the adventures of one family over three generations. Hathaway's sequence, 'The Rivers, The Plains, The Outlaws', comes off best, while Ford's section on the Civil War looks as much a survey of his own career as of the war. The main problem remains the impossibility of subjecting a film that is fundamentally about landscape and history to the demands of such a coarse dramatic form.

Release details

Duration: 155 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall
Screenwriter: James R Webb
Cast: John Wayne
James Stewart
Henry Fonda
Gregory Peck
Carroll Baker
Debbie Reynolds
Richard Widmark
Walter Brennan
Raymond Massey
Agnes Moorehead
Karl Malden
Robert Preston
George Peppard
Eli Wallach
Spencer Tracy

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2.5 / 5

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Bobcat

Highly recommend every American see it. Many Stars, but no great performances here.