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How the West Was Won

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How the West Was Won

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A western adventure spanning three generations, the breadth of a wild, unsettled country, and fifty of the most excitingly turbulent years of this nation's history.
Title: How the West was won
Publisher: Burbank, CA. :, Turner Entertainment,, [1999]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Contains the original theatrical trailer
Originally released as a motion picture in 1962
Summary: A western adventure spanning three generations, the breadth of a wild, unsettled country, and fifty of the most excitingly turbulent years of this nation's history.
Audience: MPAA rating: G
Additional Contributors: Tracy, Spencer - 1900-1967
Tamblyn, Russ
Shaughnessy, Mickey - 1920-1985
Ritter, Thelma
Morgan, Harry - 1915-2011
Moorehead, Agnes - 1906-1974
Massey, Raymond
Devine, Andy - 1905-1977
Brian, David - 1914-1993
Brennan, Walter - 1894-1974
Bazlen, Brigid - 1944-1989
Widmark, Richard
Wayne, John - 1907-1979
Wallach, Eli - 1915-
Stewart, James - 1908-1997
Reynolds, Debbie
Preston, Robert - 1913-1987
Peppard, George
Peck, Gregory - 1916-2003
Malden, Karl
Jones, Carolyn - 1930-1983
Fonda, Henry - 1905-1982
Cobb, Lee J. - 1911-1976
Baker, Carroll - 1931-
Newman, Alfred - 1901-1970
Smith, Bernard - 1907-1999
Webb, James R.
Marshall, George - 1891-1975
Ford, John - 1894-1973
Hathaway, Henry - 1898-1985
Turner Entertainment Co
ISBN: 9780790744698
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ho
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Report This Feb 04, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this extravaganza for the smorgasbord of fine actors of half a century ago. Sure, it's corny. But I like corny (although I must admit I fast forwarded through most of Debbie Reynolds' musical portions -- ackk!). The premise is a little scattered, but it was a perfect movie for a snowy Sunday afternoon. Beautifully filmed with some tremendous stunts. I can't even begin to fathom the buffalo stampede in its original glorious Cinerama format. The experience truly must've taken one's breath away. Bonus documentary disc on Cinerama is absolutely fascinating.


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Report This Feb 03, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Narrator: "The West that was won by its pioneers, settlers, adventurers, is long gone now. Yet it is theirs forever, for they left tracks in history that will never be eroded by wind or rain; never plowed under by tractors; never buried in the compost of events. Out of the hard simplicity of their lives -- out of their vitality, their hopes, and their sorrows, grew legends of courage and pride to inspire their children and their children's children. From soil enriched by their blood, out of their fever to explore and build, came lakes where once, were burning deserts; came the goods of the earth: mines and wheat fields, orchards and great lumber mills. All the sinews of a growing country. Out of their rude settlements, their trading posts, came cities to rank among the great ones of the world. All the heritage of a people free to dream, free to act, free to mold their own destiny."


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