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
ISBN: 9780790744698
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ho
Statement of Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. ; screenplay, James R. Webb ; producers, Bernard Smith, Alfred Newman ; directors, Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshal
Credits: Directors of photography, William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle ; editor, Harold F. Kress ; music, Alfred Newman.
Performers: ["Narrator, Spencer Tracy.<br/>", "Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Brigid Bazlen, Walter Brennan, David Brian, Andy Devine, Raymond Massey, Agnes Moorehead, Harry Morgan, Thelma Ritter, Mickey Shaughnessy, Russ Tamblyn.<br/>"]
System Details: DVD
Other Language: Includes English and French language tracks, with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
Subject Headings: West (U.S.) History Drama Frontier and pioneer life West (U.S.) Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Western films
Feature films
Topical Term: Frontier and pioneer life
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Jul 23, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An entertaining, but also long, bloated, and sunny western that is notable for being filmed in cinerama, as well as having three directors, including the legendary John Ford. Coming in at over 2.5 hours and featuring a overture and intermission, everything about this picture announces itself as grand, and it does have some great landscapes and a ton of stars, but it feels badly dated now and a throwback to earlier, less violent times. New directors like Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah were bringing greater moral ambiguity and violence to the western and this seems committed to the mythic. The fine cast includes James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Debbie Fisher, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, and John Wayne as Gen. Sherman.

Jul 12, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I know that "How the West Was Won" is too long and a drawn out story. Still it was a great example of a film process called Cinerama, which was popular in the late 1950 and 60's. A documentary detailing the Cinerama process and films accompanies this DVD. I think you will notice the depth of color these films were shot with. The number of stars in the film is unreal. Taken in parts, some of these stars have really great parts and a good script to go with it. Cinerama was supposed to be a 3 hour movie with an intermission. When your filming to fill time, you run into problems. I still wouldn't want you to miss this film. A great movie for the entire family!

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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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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