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Year
1950
Runtime
89 min.
Director
Jacques Tourneur
Genres
Drama, Family, Western
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
999
Checks
364
Favs
39
Dislikes
5
Favs/checks
10.7% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Stars in My Crown opens on a preacher coming into an Frontier town and making a sermon at gunpoint. It's even on the poster. From then on, it's really not that kind of a movie, though it's one I wouldn't mind seeing too. Instead, like the novel it's adapted from, it's an essentially plotless series of vignettes presenting the life of an Old West pastor. There are subplots acting as connective tissue, like his difficult relationship with a young doctor who doesn't put much stock in the power of faith, and crucially, miners trying to force a black man to sell his ore-rich land, but for the most part, it's a character study. Not just of Joel McCrae's Josiah Gray, but of the whole town. By the time we get to the bigger events' resolutions, we have enough of a context for them to mean something. Director Jacques Tourneur gives the film a soft touch and some of its poignancy comes from its subtlety. I love the story of the farmer who doesn't believe in God, but most lives by Christian tenets, for example. Tourneur doesn't force the issue, it's just there for the audience to catch. A lot to like in this unusual picture, if you're patient with it. 2 months 1 week ago
  2. neocowboy's avatar

    neocowboy

    A little too churchy. spoiler 5 years 4 months ago
  3. ClassicLady's avatar

    ClassicLady

    I've grown to really appreciate Joel McCrea. He's a great steady actor with wonderful presence. The "Nightriders" in this movie were more frightening to me than any Klu Klux Klan depiction I've seen before. But the best part of this movie is spoiler 6 years 1 month ago
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  1. This movie ranks #173 in iCM Forum's 500<400
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