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Year
1952
Runtime
85 min.
Director
Fred Zinnemann
Genres
Drama, Thriller, Western
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
80,784
Checks
13,454
Favs
908
Dislikes
70
Favs/checks
6.7% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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  1. besch64's avatar

    besch64

    The comments on this page are a real shame.

    Cooper plays the most sympathetic western character I can remember. Will Kane has his wedding day ruined by the memory of a past a devotion and a promise that must take precedence over his new marriage. A promise of duty, a devotion that cannot be escaped.

    What a beautiful movie. The shots of solitary Kane walking through the streets with the pitiful refrain of the title song ("do not forsake me oh my darling," as much words between Kane and his wife as between the town and Kane) are close to tear-provoking.

    A western that elevates emotional involvement over the genre's classical stylistic and thematic elements. Unique and vital.
    4 years 9 months ago
  2. sushantv10's avatar

    sushantv10

    Different from the regular westerns in so many ways, yet one of the best . One of my all time fav. 7 years 3 months ago
  3. frankqb's avatar

    frankqb

    Something about this movie draws you in right away and, over the span of its hour and 45 minute runtime, Cooper's increasingly desperate situation holds you until the finale despite the lack of traditional western action.

    A serious man's western about moral imperatives and a town's collective social conscious.
    7 years 3 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #17 in National Film Registry
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  2. This movie ranks #17 in Western
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  3. This movie ranks #20 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
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  4. This movie ranks #26 in 100 Essential Westerns
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  7. This movie ranks #32 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
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  8. This movie ranks #61 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
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  9. This movie ranks #88 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
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  10. This movie ranks #113 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  11. This movie ranks #184 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
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  12. This movie ranks #221 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  13. This movie ranks #246 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  16. This movie ranks #410 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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