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Yes, there's that ending - but in general the movie (great as it is in many respects) suffers from overlength. It takes much too long to get the drama going, so a bit tighter editing of the opening half hour would have been welcome.
That said, in many ways it sums up many of the best features of the western genre, and Clift and Wayne make for a compelling onscreen duo.
Good western and Wayne plays a great character!
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This movie ranks #28 in IMDb's Western Top 50
This movie ranks #39 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #41 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #71 in 100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #172 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #188 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #194 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #197 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #204 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #250 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #367 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #433 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #458 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #715 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #837 in The Criterion Collection