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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from votes
||Release: 21 February 1963 (Netherlands) /
||Director: James R. Webb,
||Stars: Brigid Bazlen, Carolyn Jones, Carroll Baker, Debbie Reynolds, Eli Wallach, George Peppard, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, John Wayne, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Richard Widmark, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan
||Synopsis: Sprawling epic which follows the Prescotts, an emigrant family through four generations, from the Erie Canal in the 1830's to their settled home in the West a half a century later. On the way they encounter river pirates, and escape with the help of fur trapper Linus Rawlings, who subsequently marries one of their daughters, Eve. The parents are drowned on a foundering raft, and the other daughter Lilith becomes a riverboat singer and catches the eye of a genteel adventurer Cleve Van Valen. They cross the plains together in a wagon train and make and lose a fortune in California; meanwhile Linus has turned farmer and, comes the Civil War, joins the Union Army and is killed at the Battle of Shiloh. One of his sons Zeb also joins the army and stays after the war as a cavalry officer and is sent to Colorado to help guard the pioneering railroad against the Indians, whose land they are crossing. By this time Lilith is the elderly lady of the family, having survived long enough to see the ... Written by alfiehitchie
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As a seven year old boy who adored history, I was brought by my mother
to see this in Cinemascope on a huge screen. Anyone who has seen this
can just imagine the impact.
There has always been a healthy dispute about what historical
developments most influenced the outlook and behavior of Americans.
Among the candidates are: i) the development of an entirely new world
on distant shores - a world where the rules were there to be made as
the Pilgrims/Puritans/Quakers and others determined, ii) the colonists'
growing self-identity as Americans, the evolution of that separate
identity, and these peoples' coordination and cooperation from 1607 to
the Albany Union conference in 1759, the Stamp Act Congress in 1763 and
the Second Continental Congress' decision to declare independence in
1776, iii) the workings of a multi-racial society due to the presence
of aboriginal people and the importation of slaves, iv) the role of the
frontier and settlement of a continually receding West, v) the enormity
of immigration and their inter-action with the native-born from about
the 1840s to the present, vi) the sheer size and diverse conditions of
topography and climate, vii) the evolution of democracy over four
centuries on a large scale, viii) the experience of modernization over
the past century on a scale unknown to, and before, the rest of the
This movie in effect tells the fourth story - and tells it in a
thrilling, colorful way -- from the 1840s when the frontier was still
the Ohio Valley to about 1885 - not so long a time. (Contrast this with
the 169 year colonial period).
The movie is stunning - beautifully cast - music you'll always remember
- and many powerful and moving scenes. So many scenes live forever in
- the return of the George Peppard character from the Civil War to his
family's farmstead in Ohio,
-- the astonishing speech by the Richard Widmark character after the
buffalo stampede has killed so many,
-- the wonderfully written emotional scenes whenever Debbie Reynolds
was dealing with either Robert Preston's clumsy attempt at courtship
("why with hips like yours, having children would be as easy as rolling
off a log") or her own love for the roguish Gregory Peck,
-- the George Peppard family (with the wonderful Carolyn Jones and
Debbie Reynolds) singing Greensleaves as the movie nears its end,
-- and the astonishing scene of the West transformed into cloverleaf
highways and overpasses after we've been watching a deserted West for
The pride in those who won the West is so evident throughout the movie
- yet it's shown along with losses (the deep sadness of Henry Fonda's
mountaineer at the continuing encroachment of civilization, the breach
of the boundary set in an Indian treaty due to the railroad's need to
set a straight course - and the resulting catastrophe).
Not too many years would pass before movie makers would be telling
audiences that the settlement of the West was a triumph of vicious
villains, charlatans, cynics and fast-buck artists in movies like
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Soldier Blue, Little Big Man, The Wild Bunch.
But I'm deeply grateful that I was old enough to see how the West was
won in a movie like this.
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, Carolyn Jones
, Carroll Baker
, Debbie Reynolds
, Eli Wallach
, George Peppard
, Gregory Peck
, Henry Fonda
, James Stewart
, John Wayne
, Karl Malden
, Lee J. Cobb
, Richard Widmark
, Robert Preston
, Walter Brennan
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